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#81 Seattle Kraken vs.
#82 Florida Panthers
Saturday, November 27, 2021 at 6:05pm EST
BB&T Center, Sunrise
Written by Chris King

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It’s an interconference battle of teams coming in off a victory as they take to the ice in the Sunshine State. The Seattle Kraken are on the road as they travel to face the Florida Panthers Saturday night. Seattle defeated Carolina 2-1 on home ice in their previous contest Wednesday night. Florida defeated Philadelphia 2-1 in overtime at home on Wednesday night in their most recent game. Seeing that the Kraken is an expansion team, this is the first time that the teams take the ice against each other in their respective histories.

Seattle Kraken Looking to Earn Back-to-Back-to-Back Victories

Seattle earned a second straight win as they built off a home win over Washington as they edged Carolina at home Wednesday night. The Kraken entered Friday in the basement of the Pacific Division, 16 points behind the Flames for the division lead. In the wild card picture, Seattle sat eight points behind Colorado for the second wild card spot. Seattle is tied for 16th in the league in scoring offense by averaging 2.84 goals per contest. The Kraken are 31st, or last, in the league in goals against as they give up an average of 3.63 goals per contest. Seattle is 20th in power play success as they convert on 17.5% of their chances with the man advantage. The Kraken are 18th in penalty killing as they successfully navigate 81% of their shorthanded situations on the year.

Against Carolina, the Kraken was involved in an actual low-scoring affair and they scored a goal late in the third period to get the victory on home ice. In the opening period, Seattle was outshot 9-7 and they trailed 1-0 on the scoreboard after 20 minutes of action. The second period saw the Kraken outshot by a 16-9 margin though they scored the lone goal of the period to tie the game after 40 minutes. Jared McCann tied the game with his eighth of the season, on the power play, at 4:16 off assists from Yanni Gourde and Vince Dunn. In the third period, the Kraken were outshot 11-6 but they scored the only goal of the period to earn the victory. Marcus Johansson scored his second of the season, unassisted, at 16:52 to give the Kraken the victory. Philipp Grubauer made 35 saves for the Kraken, who were outshot 36-22, in the victory. Chris Driedger is expected to get the call in goal for this contest.

Florida Panthers Seek to Remain Unbeaten at Home

Florida needed a third-period goal to tie the game and an overtime winner to remain unbeaten at home but did just that to down the Flyers. The Panthers entered Friday leading the Atlantic Division by two points over the Maple Leafs. Florida is second in the league in goals per game as they put up an average of 3.84 goals a night this season. The Panthers are fifth in the league in goals against as they allow an average of 2.42 goals per contest. Florida is 15th in power play success as they have cashed in on 19.3% of their chances with the man advantage this season. The Panthers are 15th in the league in penalty killing as they successfully navigate 82% of their shorthanded situations on the year.

In the game against Philadelphia, the Panthers fired plenty of rubber on net and came up with the clutch goals when they needed them to remain unbeaten at home this season. The opening period saw Florida with a 16-14 edge in shots on goal but they trailed 1-0 after 20 minutes of play. In the second period, the Panthers held a 10-9 shot advantage with neither side scoring, leaving the score 1-0 in favor of the Flyers after two periods. The third period saw Florida with a 12-10 edge in shots on goal and they scored the lone marker to tie the score and force overtime. Sam Bennett tied the game with his seventh of the year, on the power play, at 3:59 off assists from Anthony Duclair and Aaron Ekblad. During the overtime session, Florida held a 7-1 edge in shots and netted the winner to skate off with the victory. Ekblad scored his sixth of the year at 2:39 off assists from Jonathan Huberdeau and Bennett. Sergei Bobrovsky made 32 saves for the Panthers, who held a 45-33 edge in shots on goal, in the victory. Spencer Knight is expected to get the start in goal for this one.

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Seattle has won two straight games but they have to go on the road for this contest. What makes it even more daunting for the Kraken is that they have to face a Florida team that is 11-0-0 on home ice this season. The Panthers scored only twice in the game Wednesday night, snapping their 10-game string of scoring at least four goals on home ice. Seattle has struggled to keep the puck out of their own net and they have to face a dangerous offensive attack. The Kraken are just 1-6-1 on the road this season. It’s hard to have faith in them, even with back-to-back victories. Look for Florida to come up with the victory here on home ice to keep rolling along.

Prediction: Florida Panthers

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Seattle has seen the over go 13-4-2 in their 19 games this season. The Kraken has an average total of 6.47 goals per game on the season and that number climbs up to 6.50 goals per game in their eight road games this season. Seattle has seen the over hit in nine of their last 10 games overall. Florida has seen the under post a 10-8-1 mark in their 19 games on the year. The Panthers have seen an average total of 6.26 goals per game on the season, though that number climbs to 6.64 goals per contest on home ice this season. Florida is averaging 4.55 goals per game at home and have scored at least four goals in 10 of their 11 home games this season. Look for this one to wind up over the total.

Prediction: Over 5.5
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