Thanksgiving is taken into account an vital milestone in the NHL.
From the 2005-06 season via the 2018-19 season, 76.3 p.c of groups that made the playoffs on the US public vacation made it into the postseason, in response to NHL statistics.
That bodes nicely for the Vegas Golden Knights and Seattle Kraken, the highest two groups in the Pacific Division, who compete in Las Vegas on Friday night time.
“It’s relevant, otherwise they wouldn’t bring it up every year,” stated Vegas coach Bruce Cassidy. “I still think we have to do a lot of things better. But…I like where we are on Thanksgiving break. Things can change but we’ve put ourselves in a really good place.”
The Golden Knights beat the Ottawa go to 4-1 on Wednesday when goaltender Logan Thompson stopped 39 pictures for his eleventh win of the season.
Mark Stone, William Carrier, William Karlsson and Jack Eichel have been among the many Golden Knights.
Both Carrier and Karlsson scored spotlight reel targets.
“I think I’ve seen Karly do such special things. But (Carrier) is playing great,” stated Vegas defenseman Brayden McNabb. “He was a rock star to us. He’s so hard to play against, even in training, and now he’s showing it in games. I couldn’t be happier for him.”
The Golden Knights prolonged their factors streak to 4 video games (3-0-1).
“We were hot at the moment,” stated Carrier, who has three targets in the final two video games and 7 on the season, two shy of his profession finest. “Confidence is high.”
The identical might be stated for Seattle, the place the sophomore franchise has gone 8-1-1 in its final 10 video games.
The Kraken ended a six-game dwelling streak with an 8-5 win over San Jose on Wednesday.
“It was fun for the fans. It stunk for the coaches,” stated Kraken coach Dave Hakstol. “It’s not the way you think about it, nevertheless it’s nonetheless a win. …
“I look at our goalkeeper (Martin Jones) and he hasn’t conceded a bad goal and he’s made some great saves. You have to win games in very different ways.”
Jaden Schwartz scored twice for Seattle, together with an empty web in the final minute. Andre Burakovsky and rookie Matty Beniers every had a objective and two assists, and defender Vince Dunn had a objective and an help because the Kraken set a group document for many targets in a recreation.
“I think it was a game with a lot of back and forth,” stated Burakovsky, who leads by 18 factors in 19 video games. “I think we’re doing a really good job at taking care of the opportunities that we created and the opportunities that were given to us. It was really good to see a lot of players contributing on offense and defense… but overall it’s two points two points so great win.”
This is the division rivals’ second assembly of the season. The Golden Knights gained Kraken’s dwelling opener 5-2 on October 15, when Jonathan Marchessault scored twice and Shea Theodore had a objective and an help.