Gameday Morning Brief – 4/12 @ Calgary Flames

After a 4-1 loss to the Flames in Seattle, the Kraken travel to Calgary for the second half of the first home and home series in franchise history. While Seattle’s opponent remains the same, it feels like a lot has changed since these two teams met on Saturday. Namely the Kraken’s signing of last year’s 2nd overall pick Matty Beniers. Beniers practiced with the team yesterday and could be in line to make his NHL debut tonight.

Opponent Spotlight – Calgary Flames

With the Kraken having consecutive games against the same opponent yet again, I’ll refer you to last game’s Morning Brief.

One potential lineup change for Calgary is Calle Jarnkrok, who has missed the Flames’ last five games with an illness, but did travel with the team to Seattle ahead of Saturday’s matchup. If Jarnkrok does play, he’ll be the first former Kraken player to play a game against the Kraken.

Three Keys

  1. Beniers factor – Having a player in the lineup playing his first NHL game often gives teammates a jolt. That could have an even more pronounced effect tonight if a recent top-2 pick like Beniers plays. Feed off that energy and set a good example for the 19-year-old.
  2. Stay out of the box – I’ve sounded like a broken record with this key the last couple weeks but it remains a critical part of the game at which the Kraken are failing. The Kraken have 14 minor penalties over their last three games and going shorthanded so often hindered their momentum against the Flames on Saturday.
  3. Screens and deflections – After last game, coach Hakstol said that Flames goalie Jacob Markstrom “became the difference in the game.” Karson Kuhlman added that Markstrom’s size allows more pucks to hit him. That means the Kraken have to create opportunities that take Markstrom’s ability out of the equation- screens and deflections.

Did You Know…

Did you know a young Cale Makar played at the same Saddledome the Kraken will play at tonight- but under a different name? When a peewee-aged Cale Makar played in the Flames’ superskills event in 2009, he was mistakenly called “Cole Maker.” He even has the “Maker” #18 jersey from the event.

This article from Flames beat writer Wes Gilbertson tells the whole story.

ECH Postgame Live

Join us after the game for ECH Postgame Live! After every Kraken game this season, RJ and Dylan will do a live postgame show on the Emerald City Hockey YouTube Channel. ECH Postgame live will include a postgame wrap-up, analysis, and a live Q&A with viewers. Join the community of Kraken fans who tune in after the game to talk Kraken hockey!

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