The Chicago Blackhawks wrap up their mini-late night road trip against the Seattle Kraken.
The Hawks hope to avoid another extended losing streak after losing their second consecutive game to the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday. The Kraken currently sit sixth in the Pacific Division standings.
The Kraken just snapped an eight-game losing streak with a four-goal shutout victory over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday. Goalie Joey Daccord made 24 saves while Pierre-Edouard Bellemarehad a goal and an assist.
The Kraken rank 27th in the NHL in goals scored. That is three spots better than the Blackhawks. Seattle averages 3.03 goals against per game. Both teams have just one player with double-digit goals much like the Hawks. Needless, to say we should not expect a high-scoring game.
Although the Hawks pulled out a 4-3 victory at the United Center the last time these two squared off.
If you are staying up late, there are three players on the Kraken you should watch for on the ice as they can make it a tough night for the Blackhawks.
Vince Dunn, Defenseman
Dunn has eight assists on the power play. He is a problem in the offensive zone. He provides exactly what you want out of defensemen when it comes to operating on that side of the ice.
He is excellent at setting up his teammates for goals. Dunn is averaging 1.6 assists per 60 in all situations.
Jared McCann, Left Wing
Panthers fans are still upset that he is now in Seattle
McCann has 13 goals this season. He scored a career-high 40 goals last season. If you look at Seattle's stat leaders it looks a lot like the Chicago Blackhawks. McCann is like Connor Bedard in terms of being the only Kraken player with double-digit goals.
Unlike the phenom, McCann goes quiet for long stretches. He has had no points in four of the Kraken's six games this month. He had a five-game stretch in November where he zeroes in goals and assists in the box score. Then he bounced back later that month with four goals and two assists. He has five power-play goals and two game-winners this season.
He is averaging a career-high in ice time and faceoff win percentage. Although he is not going to take a lot of faceoffs.
Oliver Bjorkstrand, Right Wing
He has 21 points on the season courtesy of eight goals and 13 assists. Bjorkstrand is in the middle of a scoring drought as he has just two goals over his last 10 games. He was -3 against the Minnesota Wild and had just one shot attempt against Florida.
When he gets going, the Kraken usually wins. He had two goals in a November victory over Colorado. He also had four points against the San Jose Sharks where Seattle won 7-1.
That means the Chicago Blackhawks need to keep from positively impacting the box score.