Pre-Season Coming To A Merciful End - Kraken Edition
Tonight is the final pre-season game for the Kraken and we likely are seeing a lineup that will be utilized on opening night.
Personally I would like to see Wright and Yamamoto in for Bellemare and Tanev but my guess is Hakstol is going to want some more physicality and veteran presence in his lineup.
I wonder the over/under for games for Shane Wright this season? Will this be a situation where he is the first callup, regardless of the injury or situation or are they going to try and push to keep him in the AHL for as long as possible. Normally I wouldn't want to see a player like that play 4th line minutes when they could have top deployment in the AHL but if it is with guys like Yamamoto and Kartyre than I think it's worth the look.
Vince Dunn will not play tonight but his injury doesn't appear to be serious and he will almost surely be in the lineup for opening night.
It isn't official but it is looking pretty likely that Joey Daccord is going to be the one backing up Grubauer and not Chris Driedger. Daccord has just simply been better between the pipes and while I feel for Driedger trying to make his return, the Kraken are trying to win as many games as possible and return to the post-season.
We will likely have a much clearer picture of what the opening night roster will be tomorrow when we here about the reassignments and waiver wire.
So close to being able to talk about real hockey!