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Raleigh Back: Seattle heads to Carolina

The Kraken look to get back on the winning track against the Carolina Hurrcanes

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Carolina Hurricanes v Seattle Kraken Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images

What: Seattle Kraken at Carolina Hurricanes

Where: PNC Arena in Raleigh, NC

When: Sunday, March 6, 2022; 4:00pm PST

Wait, who are we playing? Landlubber’s Guide to the Carolina Hurricanes

Coverage

Local TV: ROOT Sports NW

Streaming: ESPN+ for out-of-market fans

Local Radio: 950 AM KJR

SiriusXM: Channel 219

Last Time Out

The Kraken took down the Hurricanes last time around with a 2-1 win that materialized very late. Marcus Johansson won this one for Seattle with a goal in the waning minutes of the hockey game and Seattle held off a late surge to get the victory. Philipp Grubauer was phenomenal, making 35 saves on 36 shots — arguably his best outing of the year. He saved 2.2 goals over expected, per Natural Stat Trick.

Stats, Streaks, & Droughts

We’re expecting Philipp Grubauer to get his first start since last Sunday, after seeing Chris Driedger in net for each of the last two games for Seattle. Grubauer has played better in the second half of this season, but hasn’t recorded a win since February 2nd. He was the big reason Seattle won their first game against Carolina, and they’ll likely need another stellar performance from him in this one.

The Hurricanes are coming in hot, winning six of their last eight games and earning at least a point in eight of their last nine. They’ve had four games in that stretch go to overtime, including their most recent overtime win against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Carolina has been especially lethal with the man advantage lately, scoring 10 power play goals in their last 11 games. Seattle’s penalty kill stumbled against Washington yesterday, and this won’t be an easy contest to get things back on track. Carolina also boasts the league’s best penalty kill by a variety of metrics. Let’s hope this one stays at 5-on-5 as much as possible.

Players To Watch

Teuvo Teravainen has been on a heater lately, tallying 13 points over his last 11 games, including this primary assist...

His linemate Sebastian Aho is no slouch either, as he leads the team with 24 goals and 57 points in 52 games...

Injuries, Illnesses, Additions, & Scratches

Carolina will be without their top-scoring defenseman Tony DeAngelo, who has been out with a midsection injury since late February. He’s second on the team in assists with 31, behind only Aho. Former Seattle Thunderbird Ethan Bear has seen an uptick in ice time in DeAngelo’s absence, as has the rookie Jalen Chatfield, who is in search of his first NHL goal.

Seattle has Jaden Schwartz and Jared McCann back, leaving Brandon Tanev as the main piece missing from the lineup. The team is otherwise as healthy as it’s ever been. Schwartz slotted in on a line with Alex Wennberg and Marcus Johansson last night, leaving Calle Järnkrok on the top line with McCann and Jordan Eberle. He looked real good there too, notching 6 shots on goal, so don’t expect too many changes to the lines tonight.

Odds & Ends

  • Morgan Geekie makes his return to Carolina tonight, the place where he made his debut and secured his first NHL points. He and Ron Francis, former Hurricanes general manager, are surely itching to win this one.
  • Haydn Fleury also began his career in Carolina. He was a healthy scratch last night, but may slot in for this contest to give another defender a break on the second half of a back-to-back. We’ll update as we learn more throughout the day.
  • Colin Blackwell has looked phenomenal back on a line with Yanni Gourde, scoring in two straight games. He’s scored in three straight just one time so far in his career, in April of 2021.
  • Marcus Johansson is just two points shy of reaching 400 career points. That’s doable tonight