It is not a stunning turn of events that the expansion Seattle Kraken has just one win after the first six games. It is, however, a tad bit surprising that a Montreal Canadiens team coming off a run to the Stanley Cup Final also has only a single win.
There were rave reviews of the atmosphere after the first game played at Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena. One can only wonder the reaction when Seattle records its first home victory.
Tuesday’s game is at 10 p.m. ET on ROOT-NW, TSN2, RDS.
Montreal Canadiens at Seattle Kraken
Offensive Stars Struggling for Canadiens
When Montreal made its surprising run to the Stanley Cup Final last season, the goal-scoring exploits of Nick Suzuki, Cole Caufield, Josh Anderson and Brendan Gallagher had much to do with the postseason success. After the first six games this season, that quartet has combined for no goals and three assists.
Montreal has scored just two power-play goals and only the Arizona Coyotes have averaged fewer goals per game than the 1.67 Montreal has scored.
The third period has been a real issue as the Canadiens have been outscored 7-2. Perhaps some of that can be attributed to the absence of star goalie Carey Price
If there is a bright spot, it is that offseason additions Mathieu Perreault and Christian Dvorak have provided some offensive punch with four goals and three assists between them. They have also combined to win 55 percent of their faceoffs.
Perreault scored a hat trick to lead Montreal to a 6-1 win over Detroit for its lone victory.
“You don’t dream about a moment like this,” Perreault said after the game. “You dream about being in the NHL and maybe playing for the Montreal Canadiens, but now, to actually score a hat trick in the home building, it’s unbelievable and I’m trying to take it in as much as I can.”
The Canadiens have missed defensemen Shea Weber and Joel Edmundson and winger Paul Byron, who are all out indefinitely.
Montreal has gone under the total in five of its last seven games and five of the last seven contests against Pacific Division opponents.
Kraken Eye First Home Win
The inaugural season will be remembered for the firsts. The first win in the regular season came against Nashville, the first goal was scored by Ryan Donato and the first home game came against Vancouver. What’s next? The first home win.
It has been a tough road since suffering an overtime loss at Columbus. Seattle was outscored 14-5 in losses to Philadelphia, New Jersey and Vancouver. Seattle did outshoot Vancouver, and after the previous two games saw the Kraken pile up 87 penalty minutes to 75 for their opponents, there were only 12 minutes in penalties in the last game.
Seattle killed off eight of nine opponent power-play chances in those three games so that is a bright spot. The Vancouver game is one Seattle is hoping to take some positives from.
“I think we’re competing,” Seattle defenseman Vince Dunn said to reporters after the game. “We’re trying to do the right things but maybe sometimes maybe trying to do a little bit too much at times.”
Jared McCann has made an immediate impact for the Kraken with three goals and three assists and Brandon Tanev also has scored three times.
The scores and odds list a total of 5½ and neither team is exactly lighting the lamp on a regular basis.
On to the Pick
With this being the first meeting between the franchises, there is obviously no trends to be utilized for betting online purposes.
Seattle is slightly better than Montreal with a 3-3 record against the spread, although the Kraken failed to cover in its first home game. Montreal made a deep playoff run for a reason and at some point the key players during that stretch will break out.