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NHL Preview: Seattle Kraken (29-15-5) at New York Islanders (26-22-5)


Columbus 1 at Seattle 3
Goals: Geekie, Wennberg, Tolvanen
Goalie: Grubauer (24/25)
PP: 0/2 PK: 2/2 Shots: Columbus 25 – Seattle 31

CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 132)
Chris Driedger (ACL; IR) – 49 games – month-to-month
Joonas Donskoi (upper body; IR) – 49 games – no timeline for return
Jaden Schwartz (undisclosed) – 8 games – day-to-day
Justin Schultz (undisclosed) – 5 games – week-to-week
Matty Beniers (undisclosed) – 2 games – day-to-day

Feb. 5, 2023: Acquired D Jaycob Megna from San Jose in exchange for a 2023 fourth-round pick of Seattle’s choosing

Thursday, Feb. 9: Seattle at New Jersey, 4 p.m. PT
Friday, Feb. 10: Seattle at NY Rangers, 4 p.m. PT
Sunday, Feb. 12: Seattle at Philadelphia, 10 a.m. PT
Tuesday, Feb. 14: Seattle at Winnipeg, 5 p.m. PT
Thursday, Feb. 16: Philadelphia at Seattle, 7 p.m. PT

• Tonight’s game against the Islanders is the first of five consecutive games the Kraken will play on the road. The team’s five-game road trip will conclude on Feb. 14 in Winnipeg.

• Tonight’s matchup is the final of two games Seattle will play against the Islanders this season, having previously defeated them 4-1 on New Year’s Day in Seattle.

• In three meetings with New York since the start of the 2021-22 season, the Kraken have never allowed a power-play goal, going a perfect four-for-four on the penalty kill. The Islanders are one of four teams (Columbus, Montreal, New Jersey) that the Kraken are perfect on the penalty kill against.

• Since the start of the New Year, the Kraken are leading the league in wins (11, tied), points (23, tied) and goals scored (57). Seattle (4.00) and Edmonton (4.25) are the only two teams in the league to be averaging more than four goals per game since Jan. 1.

• Will Borgen is expected to play in his 100th NHL game tonight against the Islanders. Borgen was originally selected by Buffalo in the fourth round (92nd overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft and has played in 14 games for the Sabres and in 85 for the Kraken.

• Eeli Tolvanen enters tonight’s matchup with the Islanders having scored a goal in each of the Kraken’s last three games. If he were to score tonight, it would extend his goal-scoring streak to four games, which would match his career high that he set from Dec. 4 to 10, 2021.

• Ryan Donato has recorded five points (four goals, one assist) in his last five games.

• Jared McCann has eight points (four goals, four assists) in his last eight games played.

• Oliver Bjorkstrand has four points (two goals, two assists) in his last four games.

• With 48 games played, the Kraken have already surpassed their win (27) and point (60) totals from last season.

• Despite only playing in 49 games this season, the Kraken are the first team to have scored at least eight goals in a game four different times since the Pittsburgh Penguins also has four eight-goal games in 2011-12.

• The Kraken’s first shutout in franchise history came against the Islanders on Feb. 2, 2022, with Philipp Grubauer making 19 saves in a 3-0 Seattle win.

• Oliver Bjorkstrand has five points (two goals, three assists) in his last five games against New York.

• Andre Burakovsky has four points (two goals, two assists) in his last four games against the Islanders.

• Vince Dunn has five points (two goals, three assists) in his last five games against New York and has three points (one goal, two assists) in three games against the Islanders as a member of the Kraken.

• Yanni Gourde has four points (one goal, three assists) in his last four games against the Islanders and has three points (one goal, two assists) in three games against New York since joining the Kraken.

• Jared McCann has 12 points (four goals, eight assists) in his last 12 games against New York dating back to Nov. 10, 2018

• The Kraken have not allowed a power-play goal for a franchise-record seven consecutive games, going a perfect 17-for-17 during that span. The team’s seven-game penalty killing streak is tied for the third-longest such streak this season according to NHL Stats.

• If they were to remain perfect on the penalty kill tonight, the Kraken would become the third team this season to go eight consecutive games without allowing a power-play goal according to NHL Stats, joining the New York Islanders and Pittsburgh Penguins.

• Entering play Monday, the Kraken were the only team in the NHL to remain perfect on the penalty kill since Jan. 16, the start of the team’s streak.

• Adam Larsson is leading all Seattle skaters in both total penalty kill time (144:59) and penalty kill time per game (2:58) this season.

• Among defensemen that have played at least 70 minutes on the penalty kill this season, Will Borgen was ranked ninth in the NHL with 4.67 power-play goals against per 60 entering play Monday.

• The Kraken have posted an 16-5-2 record while playing on the road this season. The team’s 16 road wins have already surpassed their total from last season (11) despite only playing in 23 road games so far this year.

• Entering play Monday, the Kraken ranked in the top five in the NHL this season in road wins (16, fourth), points (34, tied fourth), regulation wins (15, tied second) and points percentage (.739, third). Seattle is one of only five teams this season to have a points percentage of .700 or better on the road this year.

• The team’s 99 goals and 4.30 goals-per-game-played on the road both led the NHL entering play Monday. The Kraken are the only team to be averaging more than four goals per game on the road this season.

• The Kraken have scored at least five goals in 13 of the 23 games they have played on the road this season.

• Matty Beniers is the Kraken’s leading scorer when playing on the road this season, totaling 25 points (13 goals, 12 assists) in 23 games played. He has 12 points (six goals, six assists) in his last nine road games. Beniers’ 13 goals, 12 assists (tied), 25 points and 1.09 points per game on the road this year were the most among rookies entering play Monday. His 13 road goals were tied for 15th in the NHL entering play Monday.

• Vince Dunn has totaled 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in his last seven games played on the road and enters tonight’s game entering a career-best, seven-game road point streak.

• Yanni Gourde has 19 points (five goals, 14 assists) in his last 19 road games.

• Daniel Sprong has 15 points (10 goals, five assists) in his last 15 games played on the road.

• Andre Burakovsky has nine points (two goals, seven assists) in his last seven road games.

• Jordan Eberle has eight points (two goals, six assists) in his last seven games played on the road.

• Oliver Bjorkstrand has four points (one goal, three assists) in his last four road games.


Monday, Feb. 6 Win NYI 2 at PHI 1 Palmieri, Barzal Varlamov (25/26)
Kyle Palmieri opened the score on the a power play, then Mathew Barzal tallied his 13th goal of the season in the second frame, as the New York Islanders defeated the Philadelphia Flyers, 2-1, Monday night at Wells Fargo Center. Noah Dobson recorded his 100th career NHL point with an assist, Brock Nelson extended his point streak to seven games, and Semyon Varlamov turned aside 25 of 26 shots faced in his tenth win of the season, and the Islanders’ third straight victory.

Feb. 6 Hudson Fasching has been removed from the team’s IR list.
Feb. 5 Samuel Bolduc and Simon Holmstrom have been recalled from loan (Bridgeport). The New York Islanders have agreed to terms with forward Bo Horvat on an eight-year contract.
Jan. 30 The New York Islanders have acquired Bo Horvat from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for Anthony Beauvillier, Aatu Raty and a conditional first round selection in the 2023 NHL Draft.


3 Adam Pelech Dec. 9 – Jan. 21

8 Noah Dobson Jan. 23 – Jan. 28

10 Simon Holmstrom Dec. 23 – Jan. 6

12 Josh Bailey Nov. 29

13 Mathew Barzal Jan. 6

15 Cal Clutterbuck Oct. 13, Nov. 8, Dec. 2- Dec. 6, Dec. 17 – Jan. 3, Jan. 21 –

20 Hudson Fasching Jan. 19 – Jan. 28

21 Kyle Palmieri Nov. 23 – Dec. 13, Dec. 17 – Jan. 21

25 Sebastian Aho Oct. 13 – Oct. 20

26 Oliver Wahlstrom Oct. 13, Dec. 29 –

40 Semyon Varlamov Dec. 19 – Jan. 1

Man Games Lost: 115

Monday, Feb. 6 at Philadelphia W (2-1)
Saturday, Jan. 28 vs. Vegas W/OT (2-1)
Friday, Jan. 27 vs. Detroit W (2-0)
Wednesday, Jan. 25 at Ottawa L (2-1)
Monday, Jan. 23 at Toronto L (5-2)

Jan. 1, 2023 Climate Pledge Arena L (4-1)
Feb. 7, 2023 UBS Arena 7:30pm

Feb. 9 vs. Vancouver UBS Arena (Belmont Park, NY) 7:30pm
Feb. 11 at Montreal Bell Centre (Montreal, QC) 12:30pm
Feb. 14 vs. Ottawa UBS Arena (Belmont Park, NY) 7:30pm
Feb. 17 vs. Pittsburgh UBS Arena (Belmont Park, NY) 7:00pm
Feb. 18 at Boston TD Garden (Boston, MA) 5:00pm

Jan. 1, 2023 Climate Pledge Arena (Seattle, WA) Loss (4-1)
Feb. 22, 2022 Climate Pledge Arena (Seattle, WA) Win (5-2)
Feb. 2, 2022 UBS Arena (Belmont, NY) Loss (3-0)

2022-23 0-1-0
Franchise History 1-2-0
NYI Home 0-1-0
NYI Away 1-1-0

Tonight, the New York Islanders look to earn a split in their two-game season series against the Seattle Kraken, as the Islanders host Seattle in the final matchup between the two clubs this season. The last time these teams met was on January 1, 2023, at Climate Pledge Arena. It is just the second meeting in history between the Islanders and Kraken at UBS Arena, and the first since over a year ago on February 2, 2022. The Islanders enter tonight’s matchup with three straight wins, their first set of three consecutive victories since December 23-29, 2022.

The Islanders killed each of the three penalties they faced last night in Philadelphia, and enter tonight’s matchup having killed 31 of their last 34. The Islanders also have a 91.2% success rate on the penalty kill on home ice, leading the NHL. Since December 2, they have allowed just three power play goals in 36 times shorthanded at UBS Arena.

The Islanders will cap off their eleventh back-to-back series of the season tonight, looking to improve to 7-3-1 on the back-end of back-to-back games. They have collected points in four of their last five back-ends. The Islanders also ended the month of January in a back-to-back, as they earned victories on January 27 against Detroit, and January 28 against Vegas. It was the fourth time this season they have won consecutive games in consecutive nights, and the first time since November 25 and 26, against Columbus and Philadelphia. It was also the first time that the Islanders swept a back-to-back series in which they scored two goals or fewer in each game for the first time since December 30-31, 2002, vs. Florida and in Buffalo.

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