Head-to-Head: Seattle Kraken vs Winnipeg Jets
Seattle Kraken Head-to-Head Winnipeg Jets Dave Hakstol Head Coach Dave Lowry 27-48-6 (8th in Pacific Divison) Standing 38-32-11 (6th in Central Division) Leaders Jared McCann (49) Points Kyle Connor (92) Jared McCann (27) Goals Kyle Connor (46) Vince Dunn (28) Assists Kyle Connor (46) Carson Soucy (8) +/- Nikolaj Ehlers (18) Jared McCann (2. 71) Shots (Per Game) Kyle Connor (4. 05)
Why Might the Seattle Kraken Win?
The Seattle Kraken are not favored to win but can if they limit the Jets’ shots and take shots near the net.
The Kraken are battling a Jets team that has a penchant for shooting. The Jets average 32.2 shots per game. It is important for Kraken defencemen to be tough and prevent the Jets from scoring shots.
The Kraken only average 2. 59 goals per game, but they can score more than that if they take close-range shots. If they shoot from close range, they can score a couple of goals against Winnipeg’s average netminder.
Why might the Winnipeg Jets win?
The Winnipeg Jets are the favorites and the better team, but they will only win if they draw penalties and ride the hot hand.
The Jets have a mediocre power-play unit, but it is significantly better than Winnipeg’s power-play unit. It is up to the Jets to get this unit on the ice and draw penalties. The Kraken defence on the power-play can be used to their advantage.
The Jets have a few solid players but had an unlikely hero in their last game against the Calgary Flames. Connor Helleybuck was that unlikely hero. Helleybuck had 32 saves and only gave up one goal. Although Helleybuck is not the greatest player in this game’s history, many others can. Jets must allow an unorthodox hero to be recognized.
Kraken Key Player: (C) Jared McCann
This was an easy decision. This upstart Kraken team has Jared McCann as the center. The 25-year-old Canadian has 27 goals and 22 assists.
McCann will have a lot of responsibilities in this game. He must score. He may be incapable of taking good shots. He should find his team and get them to score.
Jets Key Player: (LW) Nikolaj Ehlers
Winger Nikolaj Ehlers is not the best player on the Jets. His 28 goals and 27 assists are good, but his stats are not topping any list. Ehlers is a reliable scoring threat when he’s healthy. Ehlers has missed 20 games but is averaging almost 0.5 goals per game when he plays.
The Kraken know that Ehlers is not the Jets’ main scoring threat. Ehlers must take that advantage and find his shot.
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How to Watch Seattle Kraken vs Winnipeg Jets
Seattle Kraken vs Winnipeg Jets Information What Seattle Kraken vs Winnipeg Jets Where Canada Life Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba When Sunday, May 1, 2: 00 PM EST How to Watch ESPN+