Kraken-Kings pregame notes: Seattle hopes home ice puts them on track amid eight-game skid

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The Kraken are in brand new territory.

No long losing streaks; they got used to that in their first season. But now eight straight losers, they are in the midst of their longest losing streak ever.

The last time the Kraken had a bad run was in November when they lost six in a row. They came away with wins over Washington, Carolina and Florida. Facing a similar challenge this week with road games against three good teams, it just didn’t work.

Now they have a seven-game streak at Climate Pledge Arena to try and get through it again before a trip to the East Coast and the All-Star break. It’s later in the season this time around, and starting doesn’t carry the same promise of going back.

Chris Driedger will get another shot in goal Saturday night after making 25 saves against the Blues on Thursday night, in a loss where they gave up a third-period lead.

“His performance is part of it,” Kraken coach Dave Hakstol said after morning practice on Saturday. “And part of the thinking process around the team here, and we’re going into a busy period. So we’ll need both guys.

Driedger has an .896 save percentage in 10 games this season and has started consecutive games only one other time, when he won against Florida and Buffalo in late November before missing time due to of an injury.

Maybe he can be a spark, but the Kraken also need to give him more goal support than just the tally they scored against the Blues. The Kraken have scored more than three goals twice since Dec. 11, and they have lost both games.

Projected Kraken Lines

Based on Thursday’s morning skate:

Forwards:

Marcus Johansson – Jared McCann – Jordan Eberle
Calle Jarnkrok – Yanni Gourde – Joonas Donskoy
Ryan Donato – Alexander Wennberg – Colin Blackwell
Riley Sheahan – Alexander True – Mason Appleton

Defense

Jeremy Lauzon – Mark Giordano
Adam Larsson – Vince Dunn
Carson Soucy – Jamie Oleksiak

Remarks

  • Driedger gets his second straight start after playing in St. Louis on Thursday night.
  • Morgan Geekie remains out of the lineup with an upper body injury. This will be his third consecutive missed game.
  • Alexander True returns to the roster of Max McCormick, who played in St. Louis and Dallas this week, based on morning skate line combinations.

Broadcast Information

Time/place: 7:00 p.m. PT, Climate Pledge Arena, Seattle

TV: ROOT Sports

Radio: KJR-AM (950)

About Kings

This season: 19-13-5 (last game: 6-2 win over Pittsburgh)

Player to watch: Adrian Kempe

Remarks: The Kings’ 96 goals conceded are the seventh fewer in the NHL. … Los Angeles has the eighth-worst power play in the league at 16.8%. … The Kings’ penalty kill is also seventh-worst at 75.5%. … The Kings allow eighth-fewest shots against per game at 29.7. … Kings defenseman Drew Doughty averages the ninth-fastest time on the ice per game in the NHL at 25:08.

Projected lines

Forwards:

Yafallo-Kopitar-Kempe
Moore-Danault-Arvidsson
Turcotte-Kupari-Brown
Fagemo-Lizotte-Kaliyev

Defense

Anderson Doughty
Maata Roy
Bjornfot-Durzi

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