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Tampa Bay Lightning at Seattle Kraken: first visit to the expansion city

Montreal Canadiens v Seattle Kraken
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - OCTOBER 26: Climate Pledge Arena as seen before the doors open before a game between the Montreal Canadiens and the Seattle Kraken on October 26, 2021 in Seattle, Washington.
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Tampa Bay Lightning at Seattle Kraken: Game 60
Time: 10:00 pm ET
Location: Climate Pledge Arena
Broadcast/Streaming: TNT
Opponent SB Nation Site: Davy Jones Locker Room

The Tampa Bay Lightning are finally at the end of their six-game road trip through Western Canada and the US. Since leaving Amalie, the Lightning have only two wins in their last five, losing to Winnipeg, Edmonton, and Calgary. A win tonight puts them back at .500 for the road trip and a good salvaging of points.

This is the second and final meeting between these two teams this season (I doubt these two teams will see each other in the Finals), with the Lightning having won the previous meeting 3-0 back in November. Five months later, the Kraken haven’t gotten any improved goaltending, but their team defense seems to have softened the blow somewhat. With five days left before the March 21st Trade Deadline, Seattle as a selling team will be one to watch. Mark Giordano, Calle Järnkrok, Marcus Johansson, and Carson Soucy are some of the notable names on the board.

For the Lightning, they finally have a fully healthy roster for the first time this season. Boris Katchouk is expected to be one of the scratches, but it’s unknown as of yet which defenseman will come out of the lineup. Cal Foote has been the first choice recently so it’s most likely him.

Lightning Lines

Forwards

Ondrej Palat - Brayden Point - Anthony Cirelli
Alex Killorn - Steven Stamkos - Nikita Kucherov
Mathieu Joseph - Ross Colton - Corey Perry
Pat Maroon - Pierre-Edouard Bellemare - Taylor Raddysh
OUT: Boris Katchouk (scratched)

Defense

Victor Hedman - Jan Rutta
Ryan McDonagh - Zach Bogosian
Mikhail Sergachev - Erik Cernak
OUT: Cal Foote (scratched)

Goaltenders

Andrei Vasilevskiy - confirmed starter
Brian Elliott

The Kraken haven’t played since last Saturday, so they’ve made some changes between then and morning skate today. Joonas Donskoi might be a placeholder for Jaden Schwartz, who might be a game-time decision, but at the moment is considered injured. He was on the ice before morning skate with the also-injured Wennberg.

Kraken Lineup

Forwards

Joonas Donskoi - Calle Järnkrok - Jordan Eberle
Marcus Johansson - Jared McCann - Kole Lind
Mason Appleton - Yanni Gourde - Colin Blackwell
Ryan Donato - Riley Sheahan - Morgan Geekie
OUT: Brandon Tanev (injured), Alex Wennberg (injured), Jaden Schwartz (injured), Karson Kuhlman (scratched)

Defense

Mark Giordano - Will Borgen
Jamie Oleksiak - Carson Soucy
Vince Dunn - Adam Larsson
OUT: Haydn Fleury (scratched), Jeremy Lauzon (scratched)

Goalies

Philipp Grubauer - projected starter
Chris Driedger