The Canucks make the short trip to Seattle for the fifth ever installment of the Pacific Northwest rivalry. Puck drop is scheduled for 10:08 p.m. EST.
Vancouver is off to a horrendous start. The Canucks are 0-5-2 and have blown a multi-goal lead four times so far this season. Bo Horvat and J.T. Miller have been bright spots for Vancouver thus far as they have notched four goals each. Elias Pettersson has been another pleasant surprise for the Canucks as he leads the team with seven points. Both Thatcher Demko and Spencer Martin have been bad in the early going. Both goaltenders have a save percentage below .880 and a goals against average of 3.79 or higher. Vancouver received some good and some bad news this afternoon on the injury front. Defenseman Quinn Hughes is now considered day-to-day, while Curtis Lazar has been ruled out three-to-four weeks.
The Kraken are off to an average 3-3-2 start, which is on-brand for where the NHL’s newest franchise should be in its second season. Seattle has seen scoring come from a multitude of different players. 16 to be precise. Jared McCann leads the 16 players who have scored with four goals. McCann shares the overall point lead with Andre Burakovsky as both forwards have tallied seven points in eight games. Goaltending for the Kraken has been shaky as well. Both Martin Jones and Philipp Grubauer have save percentages at .870 or worse and goals against averages north of 3.30.
The Canucks dominated the new rivalry in year one winning all four head-to-head matchups. A win tonight will mark Seattle’s first against Vancouver in its franchise history. The projected starting goaltenders for the teams are Demko for the Canucks and Jones for the Kraken.