New Jersey Devils Game 2 Preview: vs. Seattle Kraken

NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 15: Jack Hughes #86 and the New Jersey Devils celebrate his game winning goal at 57 seconds of overtime to defeat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-3 at the Prudential Center on October 15, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Coming off an opening night win, the New Jersey Devils get their first crack at the Seattle Kraken.

Tale of the Tape:

The Opponent: Seattle Kraken (1-2-1) – FHN Blog: Kraken the Ice

Puckdrop: 7:00 PM ET

Venue: Prudential Center

Starting Goaltenders: Jonathan Bernier (1-0-0) vs. Chris Dreidger (0-0-0)

Television Broadcasts: MSG+, ROOT-NW

Seattle Kraken

Starting their season on a five-game road trip was not going to be easy for the Seattle Kraken. After a 6-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers last night, Seattle has taken only three out of a possible eight points in their first week of play. While the team possesses skill, the Kraken are missing a pure goal scorer that they can rely on to score on a consistent basis.

Goaltender Chris Dreidger is expected to make his first career start as a member of the Kraken. The 27-year-old netminder allowed one goal and made six saves in a relief appearance after Philipp Grubauer was pulled from last night’s game. Dreidger was one of the centerpieces of the Kraken expansion draft and was expected to be the starting goaltender until Grubauer signed a six-year, $35.4 million contract with Seattle.

Last season, Dreidger posted a 2.07 GAA and .927 save percentage while going 14-6-3 in 23 starts with the Florida Panthers.

New Jersey Devils

While Seattle has been active in the first week, New Jersey has not played since Friday. The Devils had a thrilling overtime victory in their last game against the Chicago Blackhawks. While the team did come out on top thanks to a slick goal by Jack Hughes, New Jersey blew a 3-1 lead late in the third period.

The short time off between games allows them to get some much-needed reinforcement on defense as Damon Severson will be activated to play in tonight’s game. Defenseman Ty Smith is also close to a return but is not expected to play tonight.

The Devils need to jump on the Kraken in this game. Seattle, most likely, will not be at full speed tonight as they are on the tail end of a back-to-back and the last game of a five-game road trip. New Jersey needs to use this to their advantage and dominate as the game wears on.

Player to Watch: Jack Hughes

Hughes took a big first step towards his breakout season opening night. He recorded two goals opening night including the overtime goal that dominated social media for the following days.

Hughes needs to build off of the momentum he’s created. He should be due for another big game against a potentially fatigued Kraken team.

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