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NHL Preview: Seattle Kraken (21-20-10) at New Jersey Devils (25-21-4)

SEATTLE KRAKEN NOTES:

CURRENT INJURIES – (MAN GAMES LOST: 121)

Pierre-Edouard Bellemare (lower body; IR) – 18 games – week-to-week

GAME NOTES

THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW

• Tonight’s game is the second of a four-game road trip that will also see the Kraken play the New York Islanders and Boston Bruins. • Tonight’s game against the Devils and tomorrow’s game against the Islanders is the third of five back-to-back sets the Kraken will play this season. • A win tonight would give the Kraken their first-ever road win against the Devils. Both of their two previous wins against New Jersey have come at Climate Pledge Arena. • The Kraken have an all-time penalty kill percentage of 85.7 against the Devils, their fifth-best mark against any opponent. They have gone 12-for-14 on the penalty kill against New Jersey since the start of the 2021-22 season. • Jared McCann has 10 points (three goals, seven assists) in his last 10 games played against New Jersey. • Matty Beniers (April 16, 2022) and Oliver Bjorkstrand (March 19, 2016) both scored their first NHL goals against New Jersey. • Adam Larsson was selected by New Jersey with the fourth-overall pick of the 2011 NHL Draft. He went on to play for the Devils for five seasons (2011-12 to 2015-16), totaling 69 points (nine goals, 60 assists) in 274 regular-season games and had one goal in five playoff games. o Kraken assistant coach Jay Leach also played for New Jersey for parts of two seasons (2008-09 and 2010-11). • Seattle is six wins shy of recording its 100th win in franchise history.

ON A ROLL

• The Kraken enter tonight’s game having posted a 13-6-3 record in their last 22 games played dating back to Dec. 12 vs. Florida. Twelve of their 13 wins during that stretch have come in regulation. • Seattle ranked in the top 10 in the NHL in win percentage (0.659, seventh) and regulation wins (12, tied seventh) during that span entering play Sunday. • Seattle’s 48 goals against and 2.18 goals against per game since Dec. 12 ranked second and third, respectively, in the NHL entering play Sunday. • The Kraken have outscored their opponents 68-48 since Dec. 12. Their plus-20 goal differential during that span was the sixthbest mark in the NHL entering play Sunday. • Nineteen different skaters have scored a goal for the Kraken since Dec. 12, with Jared McCann leading the way with eight goals. • The Kraken set a franchise record with nine consecutive wins from Dec. 20 to Jan. 13. They were the second franchise in NHL history to have a winning streak of at least nine games within its first three seasons according to NHL Stats, joining

NEW JERSEY DEVILS NOTES:

CURRENT INJURIES/ILLNESS

PLAYER INJURY/Illness OUT SINCE GAMES MISSED

Dougie Hamilton Upper-body Nov. 30 (suffered 11/28) 30

Jonas Siegenthaler Lower-body Jan. 7 (suffered 1/6) 12

Brendan Smith Lower-body Jan. 17 (suffered 1/17) 9

2023-24 Total Man-Games Lost : 177

Man Advantage

While the Devils haven’t recorded a power-play goal in their last eight games, the team still owns 36 power-play goals in 2023-24, after 50 games played (24.2%). The team’s 36 power-play goals ranked 11th in the NHL, per Feb. 11. The team’s power-play% ranked ninth in the NHL, per Feb. 11 . New Jersey defensemen have combined for eight power-play goals this season, which ranks tied for first in the NHL with Edmonton, per Feb. 11. The Devils have logged two, or more, power-play goals in a game 10 times this season

BACK-TO-BACK GAME

Overall: 10-9-1 First game: 9-1-0 | home: 2-1-0 | road: 7-0-0

Second game: 1-8-1 | home: 1-5-1 | road: 0-3-0

New Jersey logged a 15-8-1 record in back-to-back games last season. The Devils were 6-5-1 in first-half games played and 9-3-0 in second-half games played for this matter in 2022-23.

VS SEATTLE

The Devils and Seattle conclude their 2023-24 regular-season series, after the Devils defeated the Kraken by a score of 2-1 on Dec. 7, 2023, at Climate Pledge Arena. Ondrej Palat and Simon Nemec inked their names onto the scoresheet for Jersey’s team, while netminder Akira Schmid shut the door on the Kraken stopping 37 of 38 shots against.

ALL-TIME vs SEA

Record: 3-0-2 Home: 2-0-0 Road: 1-0-2 SINCE 1982-83… o The most goals that the Devils earned in a single game vs Seattle is four, which was earned on Oct. 19, 2021, in a 4-2 win at Prudential Center. o The most goals that the team allowed in a game in a game vs Seattle is four, which was logged on Jan. 19, 2023, in a 4-3 overtime loss at Seattle. o The most shots that Jersey earned in a single game vs Seattle is 33, which was earned in a 4-2 win on Oct. 19, 2021 at Prudential Center. o The most shots that the Devils allowed against the Kraken is 40, which was logged in a 4-3 overtime loss on Jan. 19, 2023, at Seattle. o There has never been a shutout recorded for both teams against each other

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