The Seattle Kraken (8-5-3) play host to the New York Rangers (8-6-3) at Climate Pledge Arena on Thursday. New York is embarking on a five-game road trip coming off a 4-1 win over the Coyotes on Sunday. The Rangers committed seven penalties in the game, conceding one power play goal.
Four players found the net for the Rangers. Adam Fox scored and provided an assist to lead the team in scoring. Igor Shesterkin saved an impressive 31 of 32 shots (.968%) in the win. Seattle fell 3-2 (OT) to the Jets on Sunday. Brandon Tanev and Jordan Eberle both scored once for the Kraken. Martin Jones saved only 27 of 30 shots against (.900%) in the loss.
HEAD TO HEAD
The Rangers won both games between the teams last season, including a 3-2 victory in their final meeting in January. Mika Zibanejad led New York with three points (1G 2A). Jared McCann led Seattle with two points (1G 1A). Shesterkin got the win, saving 40 of 42 shots (.952%).
New York is averaging 3.06 goals per game for the season, 19th in the NHL, and they are taking on a Kraken team that is allowing 2.81 goals a game (11th). Meanwhile, Seattle has found the net 3.25 times a game on average, 14th in the league, and the Rangers are allowing opponents to score 2.76 goals per game (10th).
New York averages more shots per game (34.4) than most teams in the league, ranking fifth, though the team’s 8.9% shooting percentage is 26th. Seattle’s average of 29.3 attempts ranks 27th.
The Kraken’s 23.64% power play percentage ranks 10th in the league, while the Rangers are 12th with a conversion rate of 22.95%. When it comes to defending power plays, New York has the league’s 11th-ranked PK% at 81.48%, while Seattle is 22nd at 75.93%.
With 22 points this season, ninth-most in the NHL, Artemi Panarin is the top skater for the Rangers. He is among the league leaders with 17 assists (3rd) and has added five goals of his own. In the net, Shesterkin (8-2-2) is New York’s top goaltender by goals against average. He has a 2.40 GAA and a .915% save percentage.
Andre Burakovsky leads the Kraken in scoring with 14 points. He has four goals and 10 assists in 16 games. Jones (7-4-2) has the best goals against average for Seattle at 2.38. He has a save percentage of .909%.
HOME AND AWAY
New York is 4-3-0 away from home this season. Seattle is 3-4-2 at home this season.
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