Kraken vs. Gold Knights: Live Scoring, Updates, Highlights from Seattle’s NHL Opening Game
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Unleash the Kraken!
The NHL’s newest team hits the ice for the first time in its history Tuesday night, when the Kraken head to Sin City to take on the Golden Knights. It’s a battle of the league’s two newest franchises, and Vegas left some big shoes to fill. During its inaugural season in 2017-18, the club won the Pacific Division and made it all the way to the Stanley Cup final. In the three seasons since then, they have won another division title (2019-20) and made the playoffs every year: they reached the first round in 2019, the conference final in 2020, and the conference semifinal in 2021.
Seattle is playing with the house money. However, it’s possible that one thing they aren’t messing with is some key guys on Jarnkrok Street, Joonas Donskoi, Jared McCann and Jamie Oleksiak. They are all on the COVID-19 protocol and were declared unavailable earlier in the day. Around 8:30 p.m. ET, however, Athletic’s Ryan S. Clark reported that Donskoi, McCann and Oleksiak were in Las Vegas and expected to play. Then, according to Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman, all three were warming up.
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It could be a roll of the dice for banker Dave Hakstol against a stacked roster of Golden Knights. On the positive side, he is expected to have 2021 Vezina Trophy finalist Philipp Grubauer online. (The Vezina Trophy is voted on by the CEOs and awarded to the best goalkeeper in the league.) The free agent signatory is coming off a season in which he was 30-91 for Avalanche with a .922 save percentage, seven shutouts and 14.5 goals saved above average (save percentage and shots faced vs. league average save on the same number of shots, according to Hockey Reference).
Hakstol will also have one of the best leaders in the NHL on his side. Unsurprisingly, former Flames captain Mark Giordano received the “C” and is the first captain in franchise history.
While Kraken’s lineup and the 2021-22 season are sure to be a spinning wheel, the Golden Knights are always getting it right. Robin Lehner officially rose to the number one spot in goalkeepers after Marc-Andre Fleury, the 2021 Vezina Trophy winner and co-winner of the William M. Jennings Trophy (fewest goals allowed) with Lehner, was surprisingly sent to Chicago There’s also team captain Mark Stone, one of the best two-way centers in the game, Max Pacioretty, Jonathan Marchessault, William Karlsson and perennial Norris Trophy contenders Alex Pietrangelo and Shea Theodore.
Sporting News has all the action as the Kraken breaks and hits the ice for the first time in the regular season. (all Eastern time).
Kraken vs Golden Knights live score, recaps
11:40 pm – GOAL. RYAN DONATO HAS KRAKEN’S FIRST GOAL IN FRANCHISING HISTORY. The puck hits a body up front and bounces off to Ryan Donato, who buries it with Lehner out of position. Vegas leads 3-1.
11:40 pm – Return to uniform force.
11:36 pm – Zach Whitecloud gets two and the Kraken heads to the power play.
11:31 pm – GOAL. Another pass to the tall man, this time defender Nicolas Hague, and he fires a wrist shot against the grain. Vegas leads 3-0.
11:29 pm – Las Vegas’ power play issues continue into the 2021-22 season.
11:26 pm – Just 11 seconds after Schwartz’s sentence expires, Seattle gets too many men.
11:22 pm – Jaden Schwartz asked to stumble.
11:21 pm – The second period begins.
First period: Golden Knights 2, Kraken 0
11:05 pm – Kraken may be trailing 2-0 but, according to Natural Stat Trick, it wasn’t that bad. They have a Corsi For percentage of 62.16 compared to 37.84 for the Golden Knights and lead 23-14 in shot attempts. Vegas did lead in Scoring Chances (9-7) and High Danger Chances (2-1).
11:02 pm – The first period comes to an end. Seattle outshot Vegas 9-6 but was 2-0.
10:52 pm – Brandon Tanev has a chance to get away while short-staffed but, after watching the play 14 times, it appears Lehner’s punch hits the puck away from him in the final second.
10:50 pm – Congratulations Jamie Oleksiak, you are the first player in Kraken history to receive a penalty (two for tripping).
10:35 pm – GOAL. My God, Jonathan Marchessault. Left alone in the slot, he takes out Grubauer dekes and slides the puck behind the goalkeeper from the goal line. Vegas leads 2-0.
10:30 pm – GOAL. With the same force, Vegas enters the zone with a 3 against 2 and Mark Stone finds Max Pacioretty. The Connecticut native easily beats a slippery Philipp Grubauer. Vegas leads 1-0.
10:29 pm – Mark Giordano with a chance as he falls from the right spot.
10:26 pm – Well my gosh Kraken is already breaking. Jordan Eberle with a dive attempt that hits the crossbar. And then the team has its first power play.
10:26 pm – The disc has been dropped. Welcome to the NHL, Seattle.
Before the game
10:24 pm – The pre-game show in Las Vegas is still on point.
9:43 pm – Special night. Special discs.
9:42 pm – Almost game time
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What channel is Kraken vs. Golden Knights?
- Date: Tuesday, October 12
- Weather: 10 pm ET
- television channel: ESPN (USA) | SN, TVAS (Canada)
- Stream : ESPN + (US) | fuboTV | SN NOW (Canada)
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