Game 2 Preview: Kraken vs. Stars

Kraken Goalie Martin Jones skates on the ice
Photo by Jenn

The Need to Knows:

  • The Time: 6:30pm PT
  • The Place: American Airlines Center, Dallas, Texas
  • Place to Watch: TNT, CBC, TVAS, SportsNet
  • Place to Listen: KJR 93.3 FM
  • An Opposing Viewpoint: Defending Big D

Know Your Enemy:

Well what do we know today that we didn’t know prior to Game 1 Kraken fans? Joe Pavelski is feeling alright. It’s a good thing, given the ferocious hit he took from Matt Dumba in the Stars’ Round 1 series against the Minnesota Wild:

But from Seattle’s point of view, the good feelings stop now. Pavelski is unlikely to repeat the four goal performance, but the Stars’ other offensive talents won’t be held off the scoresheet for the rest of the series. Coach Dave Hakstol has done a great job with adjustments, and he’ll need to make one if he wants to limit Pavelski’s future impact in the series without giving anything up anywhere else on the ice.

In other news, Jake Oettinger is very good. He made a number of key stops, even as he let five goals by him. Shot volume will be important if the Kraken are going to have continued success against this elite netminder.

Game Preview

I think the last game was typical of what we can expect from this series. Often after a higher scoring affair, both coaches will preach defence to their squads and you see a slight drop off in goals for and against as the teams tighten things up, but this series will not have a lot of 1-0 wins either way.

The Stars are so similar to the Avalanche that it is probably an ideal matchup after the team’s Round 1 win. Miro Heiskanen is great, but he’s not Cale Makar. Jason Robertson is a difference maker, but he’s no Nathan Mackinnon. I would give Oettinger the edge over the Av’s Georgiev, but overall, the Avalanche were a slightly better team, and one that the Kraken found a way to beat. More of the same could very well lead to a berth in the Western Conference Final.

But one thing at a time. Let’s get this game first.