10:07 pm
November 4

Sabres @ Kraken

Who will WIN this matchup?

Buffalo Sabres (5-3-1)

@ Seattle Kraken (3-6-1)


Starting Goalies:

Dustin Tokarski (BUF): Confirmed

Philipp Grubauer (SEA): Confirmed


Current odds:

Buffalo Sabres: (+170)

Seattle Kraken: (-190)


There was a time when a team may look past an expansion franchise, figuring to pick up an easy two points. The Vegas Golden Knights put an end to that, reaching the Stanley Cup Final in 2018 to cap their inaugural season. Fast forward to this season and the Buffalo Sabres have additional reasons not to look past the fledgling Kraken when they meet for the first time Thursday night at Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle.

The Sabres, who will be wrapping up a four-game West Coast trip, have lost two games in a row in regulation for the first time this season. That includes a 5-3 loss Tuesday at San Jose against a Sharks team that was missing seven players and coach Bob Boughner because of the NHL’s COVID-19 protocols.

Jeff Skinner scored twice and Vinnie Hinostroza had two assists in the loss as the Sabres were without leading scorer Victor Olofsson, who suffered a soft-tissue injury in practice Monday.

The Sabres opened the trip with a 4-3 overtime victory last Thursday at Anaheim after blowing a three-goal lead, then blew a 2-0 lead in a 3-2 loss Sunday at Los Angeles.

The Kraken return home after a 5-2 loss Monday at Edmonton. It was Seattle’s second consecutive loss, following a 3-1 loss at home to the New York Rangers the previous night.

The Kraken were without Jared McCann, their leading point producer, in both games because he was in the COVID-19 protocols for the second time this season. As of Wednesday night he remained in the COVID-19 protocols.

StreakSmarter Pick
Seattle Kraken