Check out our betting preview and prediction for the NHL match between the New York Rangers and Seattle Kraken.
The New York Rangers hit the road to take on the Seattle Kraken tonight, coming off a 4-0 shutout of the Columbus Blue Jackets. The Kraken are making their debut in the NHL Betting this season and are seeing mixed results on the ice. They come into tonight’s game on a 2-game winning streak, but this is a different game altogether.
The Rangers sit third in the Eastern’s Metropolitan division following a 5-2 performance so far this season. Trying to get something done in the Pacific division of the Western Conference, the Kraken have a 3-4 and sit in fifth place.
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Rangers Are A Man Down
The Rangers hit the road for a four-game run today and will take the ice without one of their menacing players. Ryan Reaves has racked up almost 1,000 penalty minutes since joining the NHL in 2005 (with a few stints since then with affiliate teams). Reaves can always be counted on to provide entertainment, but a lower-body injury will keep him out for the week.
New York won four in a row before taking a loss against the Calgary Flames. They followed that up with a win against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Friday and are coming into tonight’s game recharged and refreshed. Chris Kreider is the team’s shot leader, with six goals, while Adam Fox has seven assists.
Kraken Need to Get Crackin’
The Kraken have lost four of their last six matches, but the last two matches are back-to-back victories. Still, they’re taking on a Rangers squad that is built on speed and experience. Seattle is only scoring on 12% of their power play action but are also stopping 88.9% of their opponents’ power play opportunities. The defense may be holding up, but the offense needs some work.
Seattle is averaging 2.75 goals per game, led by Brandon Tanev (six goals) and Joonas Donksoi, with five assists. If the Kraken want to be taken seriously, their offense will need to pick up the pace while their defense continues to block the net.
Igor Shesterkin is expected to start for the Rangers. The 6’2” goalie has a 4-1-1 record, including one shutout, with a goals-against average (GAA) of 1.81. His save percentage is .944.
Philipp Grubauer is in line to start for the Kraken. At 6’1”, the long-time NHL veteran has a 3-3-1 record this season (no shutouts) and 166 saves. His GAA is 2.83, and his save percentage is .897.
The Kraken are struggling in their inaugural year, and a couple of recent wins weren’t against teams of the Rangers’ caliber. Tonight’s game will be a real test of Seattle’s mettle.
The Rangers, although having dropped a couple of unexpected games, are moving in the right direction. They are 5-15 straight up against Pacific Division opponents, and tonight could be more of the same.