Vancouver Canucks vs. Seattle Kraken Prediction, NHL Odds

Payton Matthews | Updated Oct 23, 2021

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The Seattle Kraken play their first regular-season home game on Saturday against the Vancouver Canucks.

Vancouver
6-13-1-1
AT
October 23, 2021, 10:00 PM ET
Climate Pledge Arena
Seattle
6-13-1
Puckline +1.5 -215
Moneyline +108
Over / Under o +6

76%

Betting Action

24%

Puckline -1.5 +179
Moneyline -130
Over / Under u +6

76%

Betting Action

24%

Saturday is one of the biggest sporting days in the history of Seattle as the expansion Kraken will play their first home game against the Vancouver Canucks. It essentially opened as a pick’em on the NHL odds.

Canucks vs. Kraken NHL Betting Odds

Obviously the first-ever meeting between Vancouver and Seattle, but expect this to blossom into one of the NHL’s better rivalries with the cities about 140 miles apart. There will undoubtedly be plenty of Canucks fans at Seattle games going forward and Kraken fans making the trek to Vancouver (at least when COVID travel gets back to normal).

Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena is on the site of the former Key Arena, where the NBA’s SuperSonics used to play but basically, only the roof was kept in a billion-dollar (US) overhaul. It’s near the famous Space Needle and is the first net zero carbon arena in the world, powered exclusively by renewable energy. This writer has seen virtual tours and it looks absolutely spectacular – don’t be surprised if the NBA gives Seattle an expansion team in the next few years now that the building is in place. The WNBA’s Seattle Storm will also play there.

The Kraken wanted to start their season on the road to ensure everything was complete. This game won’t be the first “official” event at Climate Pledge Arena, however. The Foo Fighters and Death Cab for Cutie performed at a soft opening Tuesday and Coldplay was to perform in the inaugural official event Friday. Highly recommend you watch the introductions of this game on TV if possible because it will be very unique when they “Release the Kraken.”

Vancouver Canucks

The Canucks could be a bit out of gas here as they conclude a six-game road trip. The team won for the second time on it Thursday, 4-1 at winless Chicago. It was the best outing of the season for Thatcher Demko as he stopped 29 of 30 shots to improve to 2-1-1 with a 2.66 GAA and .922 SV. However, note this: The last time Demko made two straight starts, Jaroslav Halak then got his chance for a game. Jason Dickinson (first), Tanner Pearson (first), Brock Boeser (first) and Conor Garland (second) had the goals Thursday. Garland has six points to lead the team. Defenceman Quinn Hughes was in the lineup after missing the previous game and had an assist for his 100th career point. The Canucks are 0-7 in their past seven after a win.

Seattle Kraken

Seattle concluded its opening five-game road trip with a third straight loss, 4-2 in New Jersey in the second of a back-to-back on Tuesday. No. 1 goaltender Philipp Grubauer got his first game off and Joey Daccord allowed three goals on 32 shots. He was called up from the AHL after usual No. 2 Chris Driedger was placed on injured reserve. It surely will be Grubauer in this one, and he’s 1-2-1 with a 4.01 GAA and .867 SV. Riley Sheahan (first) and Jared McCann (third) had the goals. McCann leads the team with those three goals and five points. Saturday should be the Kraken debut of top-six forward Calle Jarnkrok as he was activated off the COVID list. Jarnkrok scored double-digit goals each of the previous six seasons with Nashville.

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