The Need to Knows:
The Time: 7pm PT
The Place: Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle, Washington
Place to Watch: KONG TV, NHL Network
Place to Listen: Kraken Audio Network, 93.3FM KJR
Know Your Enemy:
Calgary was the focal point of one of the biggest trades of the summer, sending Matthew Tkachuk to Florida in exchange for Jonathan Huberdeau and Mackenzie Weegar, one of the real blockbuster trades that haven’t happened in a good long while in the NHL. Otherwise, they also added Stanley Cup winner Nazem Kadri to their lineup, giving their center depth which previously looked really bad a much needed boost.
Of course, this is Calgary’s third preseason game, so who knows what amalgam of prospects and regular NHLers rolls up to Climate Pledge tonight.
The Kraken came into this preseason with clear expectations to show clear growth, even in games that do not matter.
To say they acheived that to start was an understatement. The Squids crushed the Oilers in a 3-0 beatdown that featured Matty Beniers getting his first, Ryan Donato getting sprung by goalie Joey Daccord for a Wraparound, and a shorthanded bullet from Morgan Geekie. Excellent stuff all around!
The Flames are undefeated in preseason this year, but this will be a big step for them as they now have to play a team that is, and this is important...not the Vancouver Canucks. While they might be geographically adjacent they are very, very different.
For one thing they’ve been losers a hell of a lot longer than the Kraken HEYOOOOO-
But for real, this is gonna be a big test for the Squids. While they managed to keep the battle close last night, they’re gonna need to show some big time results from some of these young kids who are competing for roster spots. Oh, and they’re gonna need to clean up that power play; last night they were 0 for 6 on chances and none of them looked especially dangerous.
Can the Kraken come out the surprise victors in the Battle of Alberta, hosted by Climate Pledge Arena? Tune in tonight!