During the short histories of the NHL’s newest teams, the 31st franchise has dominated the 32nd. The Golden Knights have beaten the Seattle Kraken eight of the nine times the teams have matched up with Vegas winning by multiple goals in all but one of the victories.
In the nine games, the Golden Knights have more than doubled Seattle’s output, scoring 34 while allowing just 16.
So, with Monday’s Winter Classic on the horizon, it wouldn’t be out of bounds to expect the Golden Knights to cruise to a fairly easy victory.
However, that may not be the case considering the Kraken’s form leading up to the marquee game. After their OT win last night, Seattle has now won four straight and have recorded points in eight in a row.
Goalie Joey Daccord has been on a tear since taking over the job in Phillipp Grubauer’s absence. In the last seven games, Daccord leads the NHL in save percentage (.944) and goals against average (1.70).
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Seattle is also succeeding in a place that has hurt the Golden Knights recently. The Kraken lead the NHL in goals through traffic according to hockey analytics. Vegas has been allowing a lot more shots recently and even when they are at their best shots from the outside are plentiful. Seattle’s ability to find the net through traffic could pose problems for a VGK team that has been struggling to keep the puck out of their net for the last month or so.
That being said, Seattle’s weaknesses still matchup well with what the Golden Knights do best. If Vegas can continue to break out of the zone the way they did against Los Angeles, there will be plenty of scoring chances off the rush.
The Golden Knights will enter as just small favorites on the road in unfamiliar surroundings for both teams. Team form says this game will be close, history favors the reigning champs.