In this edition of Seattle Kraken News & Rumors, Jared McCann records his sixth multi-point game of the season against the Dallas Stars on Wednesday, Jan. 12, Morgan Geekie is sidelined day-to-day with an upper-body injury, and Philipp Grubauer‘s struggles in net continue.
McCann Tallies Goal and Assist in Wednesday’s Loss to the Stars
McCann was a shining light for Seattle on Wednesday. The Kraken lost 5-2 against the Stars in a rough outing. Tallying an assist on Calle Jarnkrok’s opening Kraken goal in the first period, McCann later added a goal for himself in the second period to mark his 15th goal of the season. He leads the team in multi-point games with six. McCann is now one point behind Jordan Eberle for most Kraken points. With 23 points (15 goals and eight assists), he has played 30 games.
McCann has been on fire lately, scoring six points in his last four games, including three goals and three assists. His wicked shot is often caught off-guard by goaltenders and his remarkable accuracy helps him find it. On 83 shots, he has a shooting percentage of 81.1%. It’s been mentioned time and again now, but McCann is truly emerging as the Kraken’s go-to sniper and is one of the players giving his team a chance in every game.
Geekie sidelined by an Upper-Body Injury
Geekie missed Wednesday’s game against the Stars due to an upper-body injuryThis will keep him out the line-up day-to-day. Max McCormick, a taxi squad member, has been recalled to take his place. The 23-year-old center has the best faceoff percentage among all Kraken skaters, winning 53.62 percent of the draws he’s taken this season.
Geekie now has 10 points in 34 games (three goals and seven assists), more than his total of nine points (three assists, six goals) in 36 games last season with the Carolina Hurricanes. He is a reliable contributor for Seattle, and is building his confidence within the NHL. When he returns to the lineup, he will be looking to maintain his dominance in the faceoff circle while increasing his career-high in points.
Grubauer continues to struggle in net with latest loss to Dallas
Grubauer recorded his sixth consecutive sub.900 save percentage performance (SV%) in an a Loss to the Stars: 5-2Wednesday. After allowing four goals on 24 shots, his night ended with a measly.833 SV%. As a finalist for last year’s Vezina Trophy, he is looking to fix his mistakes and find confidence again to become the elite goaltender he’s been in past seasons.
His struggles could also be partly due to the fact that he is starting more games than he has ever done in his career as a goaltender. He posted a.922SV% in 39 starts, and 40 games last season with the Colorado Avalanche. He also had a remarkable record of 30-9-1 and a 1.95 goals-against (GAA) Now with the Kraken, he’s played in 27 of the team’s 35 games this season, with a disappointing .880 SV%.
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Grubauer has played 26 games while Chris Driedger, his goaltending partner, has only started seven. It will be interesting to see how Dave Hakstol, head coach, manages his goaltenders so that they get the best performance possible.
The Kraken will play the St. Louis Blues at home on Thursday, 5 p.m. PSTSeattle, which has been winless in seven of its last seven games is looking to win the 2022 season’s first game. The Blues are tied for second in Central Division with Avalanche and will be a difficult test for the Kraken.
Tom Pepper hosts The Hockey Writers Podcast and writes the “NHL Talk,” “Sabres News & Rumors” and “Kraken News & Rumors” columns every weekday (Monday to Friday). He is a diehard Sabres fan in Toronto and frequently drives the Queen Elizabeth Way to cheer on his team at KeyBank Center. He also supports the Kraken, his West team.