Both teams will be out to build on winning streaks when the Chicago Blackhawks (11-25-4) play host to the Seattle Kraken (25-12-4) at United Center on Saturday. Seattle is wrapping up a seven-game road trip coming off a 3-0 win over the Bruins on Thursday, their seventh consecutive win. The Kraken committed only one penalty in the game, holding Boston without a power play goal.
Eeli Tolvanen, Brandon Tanev, and Jaden Schwartz each scored once for the Kraken. Martin Jones recorded his second shutout of the season with an impressive 27 saves.
Chicago won for the third game in a row, beating the Avalanche 3-2 on Thursday. Taylor Raddysh, Sam Lafferty, and Andreas Athanasiou scored one apiece for the Blackhawks. Petr Mrazek saved 31 of 33 shots in the win (.939%).
HEAD TO HEAD
The Blackhawks won the first meeting between the teams this season, a 5-4 victory in October. Tyler Johnson (2G 0A), Patrick Kane (0G 2A), and Seth Jones (0G 2A) each had two points to lead Chicago. Jared McCann led Seattle with two points (1G 1A). Alex Stalock got the win despite allowing four goals on 34 shots (.882%).
Seattle is averaging 3.66 goals per game for the season, third in the NHL, and they are taking on a Blackhawks team that is allowing 3.60 goals a game (26th).
Meanwhile, Chicago has found the net 2.22 times a game on average, 32nd in the league, and the Kraken are allowing opponents to score 3.02 goals per game (16th).
Chicago averages fewer shots/game (26.6) than any other team in the league, while the team’s 8.4% shooting percentage is 31st. Seattle has had difficulty stopping shots, ranking No. 28 with a team save percentage of .894%.
The Kraken’s 21.49% power play percentage ranks 17th in the league, while the Blackhawks are 25th with a conversion rate of 19.05%. While efficient on the power play, Seattle has been less impressive at penalty killing, as the away team possesses the league’s second-lowest PK% at 69.77%. Chicago’s 73.60% ranks 26th in the NHL.
Andre Burakovsky and Matty Beniers have been the top skaters for the Kraken this season with 35 and 34 points. In the net, M. Jones (19-5-3) is Seattle’s top goaltender by goals against average. He has a 2.78 GAA and a .894% save percentage.
Max Domi and Kane lead the Blackhawks in scoring with 28 and 27 points, respectively. Domi has 12 goals and 16 assists in 40 games, while Kane has seven goals and 20 assists in 37 games.
Arvid Soderblom (2-10-2) has the best goals against average for Chicago at 3.45. He has a save percentage of .894%.
HOME AND AWAY
Seattle is looking for a seventh straight road win this season. Chicago is looking for a fourth consecutive win at home this season.
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