In this issue of Seattle Kraken News & Rumors, Jared McCann Recorded his sixth multi-point game of the season on Wednesday, Jan. 12 against the Dallas Stars, Morgan Geek Missed every day due to an upper body injury, and Philip GrubauerThe struggle for the net continues.
McCann scores and assists in Wednesday’s loss to Stars
The Krakens had a bad showing on Wednesday, losing to the All-Stars 5-2, but McCann was a bright spot for Seattle. McCann tallied an assist for Calle Jarnkrok’s opening Kraken goal in the first quarter and later added a goal for himself in the second quarter to mark his 15th goal of the season. He now leads the team in six multi-point games this season and trails Jordan Eberle in most points for the Krakens, with 23 points (15 goals, 8 assists) in 30 games.
McCann has been on fire lately, scoring 6 points (3 goals, 3 assists) in his past four games. His wicked shots often caught goalkeepers off guard, and his incredible accuracy helped him find the back of the net. He took 83 shots and hit 81.1 percent. It’s been mentioned time and time again now, but McCann has truly emerged as the Kraken’s sniper of choice and is one of the players who gives his team a chance in every game.
Geek misses day job due to upper body injury
Geekie misses Wednesday’s game against the Stars because upper body injury This will keep him out of the lineup every day. Meanwhile, Max McCormick has been recalled from the taxi fleet to fill his place. The 23-year-old center has the highest scrimmage rate of any Kraken skater, winning 53.62 percent of the draws this season.
In 34 games, Geekie scored 10 points (3 goals, 7 assists), surpassing the 9 points he scored in 36 games with the Carolina Hurricanes last season (3 goals, 6 assists). He has been a steady contributor in Seattle and is building his confidence in the NHL. When he returns to the lineup in the coming days, he will be looking to continue to dominate the scrimmage and add to his career highs.
Grubauer continues to struggle inside the net in recent loss to Dallas
Grubauer’s sixth consecutive performance below 0.900 in a game Lost 5-2 to the Stars Wednesday. He conceded four of his 24 shots and ended the night with a paltry 0.833 SV%. A finalist in last year’s Vezina Trophy, he’s looking to right his mistakes and regain his confidence as the elite goalie he’s been playing for the past few seasons.
The 30-year-old goalie has made an unprecedented number of career starts this season, which may be part of the reason he’s struggling. Last season, he had an SV% of 0.922 in 39 starts and 40 games with the Colorado Avalanche. He also holds an incredible 30-9-1 record with 1.95 goals (GAA). Now with the Krakens, he’s played in 27 of the team’s 35 games this season with a disappointing 0.880 SV%.
While Grubauer has started 26 games, his goalkeeping partner Chris Derej has started just seven. With 47 games remaining on the season, it will be interesting to see how head coach Dave Hackstall manages his goalkeepers to get the best out of them.
Krakens at St. Louis Blues Thursday at 5pm PT. Winless in the past seven games, Seattle is looking to win its first game of 2022. The Blues, tied for second in the Central Division with the Avalanche, are a team hungry for a win and could well be a serious test for Kraken.
Hosted by Tom Pepper Hockey Writers Podcast And writes the “NHL Talk”, “Sabres News & Rumors” and “Kraken News & Rumors” columns each weekday (Monday-Friday). He’s a die-hard Sabres fan in Toronto, often driving on Queen Elizabeth Avenue to cheer on his team at the KeyBank Centre. He also supports Kraken as his team in the West.