Kraken Rise Up
Usually, we focus on the results impacting the teams either in playoff position or those fighting to secure postseason berths. However, it is time to give the NHL’s newest team some love.
The Seattle Kraken got goals 29 seconds apart from Jordan Eberle and Jared McCann to top the Los Angeles Kings 6-1 on Monday night. Those who bet online and saw a five-goal win coming for Seattle were rewarded with a payout of +5000.
Not only did Seattle become the last team from the Western Conference to record its 10th road win of the season, but it set the franchise mark for goals in a game.
Seattle is 4-2-0 over its last six games, which is surprising considering that the Kraken traded away four forwards who played in at least 39 games this season and two of its top defensemen at the trade deadline, picking up mostly draft picks in return. A total of 14 Seattle players had at least one point led by defenseman Vince Dunn’s two assists. Chris Driedger stopped 36 shots.
Arthur Kaliyev scored the lone goal for Los Angeles, which remains in second place in the Pacific Division.
The Edmonton Oilers pulled within two points of Los Angeles with a 6-1 win over the visiting Arizona Coyotes. It was the seventh straight home win for the Oilers. Edmonton’s 21 home wins are tied for the most in the Pacific Division.
Ryan McLeod recorded his first two-goal / three-point game in the @NHL as the #Oilers ran away to a 6-1 win over Arizona. @TonyBrarOTV recaps the victory. https://t.co/X73hmR1Uz7 | #LetsGoOilers pic.twitter.com/JcLFEMc1Un
— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) March 29, 2022
Ryan McLeod, who had no goals and two assists in his last 10 games, had two goals and an assist for the Oilers. Leon Draisaitl had a goal and an assist to extend his point-scoring streak to nine games. He has 10 goals and seven assists over those nine games. Jesse Puljujarvi had a pair of assists while Mikko Koskinen stopped 31 of 32 shots after allowing 17 goals in his last four games.
Edmonton allowed nine goals in its previous game and had a strong bounce-back performance.
“As a group, we were pretty motivated after that last game,” McLeod said.
Clayton Keller scored his 28th goal for Arizona which has lost six games in a row.
Vladimir Tarasenko had two goals and an assist as the St. Louis Blues topped the visiting Vancouver Canucks 4-1 to move into third place in the Central Division standings. The three-goal win carried an NHL betting lines total of +600.
Tarasenko recorded his 500th career point in the win. David Perron and Marco Sandella also had goals for St. Louis, which had lost three of its last four to drop out of third place in the division standings.
Ville Husso made 35 saves as he improved to 8-3-3 in his last 14 games.
Defenseman Brad Hunt had the lone goal for Vancouver, which could have moved within a point of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference with a win.
The Carolina Hurricanes took over the top spot in the Eastern Conference and extended their division lead to five points with a 6-1 win over the Washington Capitals. Carolina’s five-goal win carried a Las Vegas odds moneyline of +1000.
Tom Wilson had his 21st goal, one off of his career high, and also had a memorable fight with Carolina’s Brendan Smith.
The loss could be costly for Carolina as forward Jesperi Kotkaniemi was injured on a hit by Lars Eller with 1.8 seconds to play. Kotkaniemi, who had an assist for the third straight game, has 11 goals and 15 assists. There was no immediate report about the severity of the injury, but Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour said “it’s not good” following the game.
Even with the potential loss of one of its regular forwards, Carolina has the fifth-best odds at +1100 to win the Stanley Cup.
Tage Thompson scored on a power play with 12 seconds left as the visiting Buffalo Sabres rallied for a 6-5 win over the Chicago Blackhawks in the highest-scoring game of the night.
Chicago took a 4-0 lead on a Seth Jones goal early in the second period before Victor Olofsson scored twice to start the comeback. Olofsson also assisted on Alex Tuch’s tying goal with 2:14 remaining as Buffalo improved to 4-0-2 over its last six games.
Alex DeBrincat had a goal and an assist for Chicago.