LA Kings Seattle Kraken

In the first game of a back-to-back with Seattle, the LA Kings will look to earn the full two points after falling short in Thursday’s 4-3 shootout loss to the Blackhawks.

Despite many preseason models predicting them to be contenders, the Kraken have looked every bit of an expansion team. Seattle comes into this one with the third-worst winning percentage (.359) in the NHL, so it’s crucial that the Kings take care of business.

LA could also be getting another player back in defenseman Tobias Bjornfot.

“He had a good skate today, he’ll be evaluated after practice, once he gets off,” McLellan said via LA Kings Insider. “I think that we’re getting close to adding another body into the lineup.”

Tale of the Tape


LAK: 16.3% (28th)

SEA: 15.2% (29th)

Penalty Kill:

LAK: 75.1% (27th)

SEA: 74.0% (29th)


LAK: 53.1% (5th)

SEA: 47.6% (25th)

Goals per game:

LAK: 2.85 (21st)

SEA: 2.59 (29th)

Goals against per game:

LAK: 2.77 (8th)

SEA: 3.55 (27th)

Top scorers:

LAK: Anze Kopitar – 16 goals, 39 assists, 55 points

SEA: Yanni Gourde – 16 goals, 22 assists, 38 points

Betting Odds

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Kings Odds -245
Kraken Odds +195
Over/Under 6.0
Time 7:30 pm PT

Projected Lineups

Here’s how the Kings lined up on Thursday:

After getting the back-to-back, probably a safe bet to expect Cal Petersen back in net on Saturday against Seattle. 

He played very well in one previous start against the Kraken, stopping 17-of-18 shots in the Kings’ 3-1 win back on January 15. Interesting tidbit here, but five of the shots Petersen faced were from players no longer on the Kraken roster – Giordano (2), Blackwell (1), Johansson (2).

Here’s how the Kraken aligned in practice and against the Coyotes on Tuesday:

As alluded to, the Kraken saw significant roster turnover at the deadline, with Calle Jarnkrok, Jeremy Lauzon, Mason Appleton, Johansson, Blackwell, and Giordano all sent to contenders in exchange for players and draft capital.

One of those players, Daniel Sprong, is a former second-round pick of the Penguins in 2015. He scored a power-play goal in his team debut on Tuesday.

“It’s a new team, fresh start,” Sprong said via “I wanted to make a good impression.”

I’d say mission accomplished.

Probably a good chance the Kings see Victor Rask make his Seattle debut on Saturday night. Acquired from the Minnesota Wild, the Swedish-born forward has five goals and eight assists for 13 points in 29 games this season.

The LA Kings and Seattle Kraken get underway at 7:30 pm PT.

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