SEATTLE KRAKEN NOTES:
Seattle 5 at Detroit 4 (OT)
Goals: McCann (2), Bjorkstrand (2), Schwartz
Goalie: Jones (9/12), Grubauer (16/17)
PP: 1/5 PK: 3/3 Shots: Seattle 37 – St. Louis 29
CURRENT INJURIES – (Man Games Lost: 160)
Joonas Donskoi (upper body; IR) – 61 games – no timeline for return
Andre Burakovsky (lower body) – 11 games – week-to-week
TRANSACTIONS IN PAST 7 DAYS
Feb. 22, 2023: Recalled F Jesper Froden from Coachella Valley (AHL)
Feb. 24, 2023: Reassigned G Chris Driedger to Coachella Valley (AHL)
Sunday, March 5: Seattle at Colorado, 6 p.m. PT
Tuesday, March 7: Anaheim at Seattle, 7 p.m. PT
Thursday, March 9: Ottawa at Seattle, 7 p.m. PT
Saturday, March 11: Dallas at Seattle, 7 p.m. PT
Monday, March 13: Dallas at Seattle, 7 p.m. PT
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW
• Tonight’s matchup is the second of two games the Kraken will play against the Blue Jackets this season and the first time the teams are playing in Columbus this year.
• Yesterday’s game against the Red Wings and tonight’s game against the Blue Jackets is the sixth of eight back-to-back sets the team will play this season and the fourth of which where both games are played on the road. Seattle has a 3-2-0 record in the second game of back-to-back sets this season.
• A win or an overtime loss would give the Kraken points in four consecutive games against Columbus. The team is 1-0-2 all-time against the Blue Jackets. The Blue Jackets are one of four teams that the Kraken have never lost to in regulation, the others being the Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings and Ottawa Senators.
• A win tonight would also give the Kraken their fifth sweep of the season after having previously swept the Buffalo Sabres, Detroit Red Wings, Philadelphia Flyers and Pittsburgh Penguins. Seattle topped Columbus 3-1 in the two teams’ first meeting of the season on Jan. 28.
• Vince Dunn, who has already set a career high with 45 points (11 goals, 34 assists) this season, was ranked in the top 15 among all NHL defensemen in goals (tied ninth), assists (tied 13th), points (tied ninth), even-strength goals (11, third) and even-strength points (34, tied fourth) as of 7:50 p.m. PT on March 2.
• As of 7:50 p.m. PT on March 2, Adam Larsson and the Rangers’ Jacob Trouba were the only two players to have at least 160 hits and 120 blocks this season.
• The Kraken have played 14 games this season in which they have had at least five different goal scorers.
• Since the start of the New Year, the Kraken are tied for third the league in wins (16) and ranked fourth in points (34). The team’s 96 goals rank second in the league since Jan. 1 as of 7:55 p.m. PT on March 2.
• Despite only playing in 60 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 had four eight-goal games in 2011-12.
COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS NOTES:
Mar. 3, 2023 Game No. 62 (20-35-6, 46 pts.)
vs. Seattle Kraken (34-21-6, 74 pts.), Nationwide Arena Home Game No. 34 (13-18-2, 28 pts.)
The Blue Jackets Press Box website, which includes game notes, stats, releases and video/audio clips as well as the 2022-23 Media Guide can be accessed at bluejackets.com/pressbox. Follow @BlueJacketsPR on Twitter for comprehensive information and updates on the team.
THE LAST GAME: FEB. 28, 2023 – CBJ 5 at BUF 3
CBJ Goal Scorers: PP – Johnson (13), Robinson (6), Robinson (7), Jenner (19), EN – Robinson (8)
BUF Goal Scorers: Thompson (41), Quinn (11), PP – Peterka (8)
Goalies: CBJ – Merzlikins (38/41; 60:00); BUF – Anderson (31/35; 59:41)
CBJ PP: 1/1; PK: 2/3 | Shots: CBJ: 36 / BUF: 41
3 Stars: 1. Robinson, CBJ; 2. Quinn, BUF; 3. Jenner, CBJ
Noteworthy: CBJ collected a point in 3rd-straight game (2-0-1)… CBJ led 4-1 heading into the 3rd period, but BUF scored 2 goals in the 3rd to cut CBJ’s lead to 4-3… Robinson notched his 1st career NHL hat trick with 3 goals, including final goal with 35 seconds remaining… Jenner registered his 9th multi-point game of the campaign (1-1-2), giving him 3 multi-point games in his last 5 contests (3-3-6)… Blankenburg tallied his 2nd multi-assist game of the season (0-2-2)… Laine tallied his 22nd assist of the campaign and now has 1-3-4 in his past 3 outings.. Merzlikins notched his 4th career assist (MR: 3/16/22 at OTT).
OhioHEALTH INJURY REPORT
Danforth (torn labrum); Placed on Injured Reserve (Oct. 25); 6 months (55 games)
Werenski (torn labrum); Placed on Injured Reserve (retro to Nov. 10); rest of regular season (48 games)
Bean (shoulder); Placed on IR (retro to Nov. 15); out indefinitely (46 games)
TOTAL MAN GAMES LOST: 418
Mar. 2 Acquired Hutchinson and a 7th-round pick in the 2025 NHL Draft from Vegas in exchange for Quick
Mar. 2 Acquired Gillies from Arizona in exchange for Voracek and a 6th-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft and assigned Gillies to Cleveland (AHL)
Mar. 1 Loaned Greaves to Cleveland (AHL)
Mar. 1 Acquired Quick, a conditional 1st-round pick in the 2023 NHL Draft and a 3rd-round pick in the 2024 NHL Draft from Los Angeles in exchange for Gavrikov and Korpisalo
Feb. 28 Acquired a 5th-round pick in 2023 NHL Draft from Minnesota in exchange for Nyquist
Feb. 28 Recalled Greaves from Cleveland (AHL) and assigned Sweezey to Cleveland
Feb. 27 Activated Chinakhov and Meyer off Injured Reserve and loaned to Cleveland (AHL)
Feb. 25 Recalled Sweezey from Cleveland (AHL)
TODAY’S GAME BROADCAST INFO
7:00pm ET | Bally Sports Ohio | 97.1 The Fan
AGAINST THE KRAKEN
2022-23 Series: 0-1-0 (0-0-0 vs. SEA)
2021-22 Series: 2-0-0 (1-0-0 vs. SEA)
All-Time Series: 2-1-0 (1-0-0 vs. SEA)
Last 10 (Overall | Home): 2-1-0 | 1-0-0
All-Time GF/GA: 8/8
All-Time SF/SA: 78/83
All-Time PP: 0-of-4
All-Time PK: 3-of-4
THE LAST GAME VS. SEA: JAN. 28, 2023 – CBJ 1 at SEA 3
CBJ Goal Scorers: Johnson (10)
SEA Goal Scorers: Geekie (5), Wennberg (10). Tolvanen (10)
Goalies: CBJ – Merzlikins (28/31; 56:55); SEA – Grubauer (24/25; 60:00)
CBJ PP: 0/2; PK: 2/2 | Shots: CBJ: 25 / SEA: 31
3 Stars: 1. Wennberg, SEA; 2. Geekie, SEA; 3. Grubauer, SEA
Noteworthy: CBJ lost 2nd consecutive game… CBJ fell to SEA for 1st time in franchise history… CBJ scored lone goal 18:58 into the 2nd period to cut SEA’s lead to 2-1, but SEA scored 3rd goal 5:39 into 3rd period… Johnson scored a goal to give him 2-3-5 in the last 5 games… Roslovic tallied an assist and now has 1-7-8 in his last 11 contests … Jenner played in his 628th career NHL game, surpassing Atkinson (627) for the 2nd-most games played in CBJ history… Healy worked 2,000th career pro game.
SEASON SERIES LEFT: Series is complete.
NOTED (Team Highlights vs. SEA)
CBJ swept the series in 2021-22 (2-0-0) with both games decided in overtime… There are no shutouts, hat tricks or penalty shots in the all-time series… Most goals scored vs. SEA: 2 (10/16/21)… Most goals allowed vs. SEA: 1 (10/16/21).
SCORING NOTABLES vs. SEA
• Gaudreau – 2-3-5 in 4 career 5 GP, including two assists in his last home game against the club
• Jenner – 0-2-2 in 3 Career GP, including collecting both assists in the OT win at Seattle last season
• Laine – 1-0-1 in 2 career GP, including the OT winner to give the CBJ their 1st-ever win against the Kraken on Oct. 16, 2021 at NWA
• Merzlikins – 2-1-0 with a 2.67 GAA and .904 SV% in 3 career GP, including stopping 19-of-20 shots in the OT win at home on 10/16/21
• Roslovic – 1-2-3 in 3 career GP, collecting all of his points in the past two outings
STRONG PLAY OF LATE
The Blue Jackets have recorded points in three-straight contests (2-0-1) and six of their last seven games (4-1-2) following Tuesday’s 5-3 victory over Buffalo. The club improved to 7-5-4 in the past 16 contests and has registered points in seven of its last nine contests (5-2-2) with wins against four of the top-14 teams in the League in points (Toronto-4th; Dallas-7th; Edmonton-12th; Winnipeg-14th). Columbus, which collected points in both games in each of its last two back-to-back sets (2-0-2), plays its 13th of 17 back-to-back sets of the season vs. Seattle (Friday) and at Ottawa (Saturday).