Kings, Kraken look to move closer to securing playoff spot

Kings, Kraken look to move closer to securing playoff spot

After winning the opener of a three-game homestand, the Seattle Kraken will continue their pursuit of a wild-card spot Saturday night against the Los Angeles Kings.The Kraken (41-25-8, 90 points) defeated the Anaheim Ducks 4-1 on Thursday to solidify their hold on the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference.It was the start of a stretch of five of six games at home for Seattle.”This group inside of this room has continued to find its way, to push for some things that we’ve wanted to push for,” Kraken coach Dave Hakstol said.”We continue to be in that position, and there’s still work to do in order to get to that first goal that we have on the list.”The Kings (43-22-10, 96 points), third in the Pacific Division, lost 2-0 to the Edmonton Oilers on Thursday to go 0-2-0 halfway through a four-game trip.The losses followed a 12-game points streak (10-0-2) that matched a franchise record.Except for the Kings, the Kraken are playing a stretch of games mostly against teams out of playoff contention.”I mean, we want to take advantage of every game,” said Jaden Schwartz, who had a goal and assist Thursday. “We want to get better. We want to keep improving. The two points are big, obviously.”When you look at the standings, teams are trying to move up and you don’t want to leave it to the last two games of the year to have to win to get in. You want to build as much of a lead as you can. And so these are big.””Other teams are pretty good, too, right?” Hakstol said. “They’re trying to win. It’s the National Hockey League. You build wins through 60 minutes.”The Ducks were stubborn and trailed 2-1 after two periods. Daniel Sprong scored a power-play goal late in the third period for the Kraken and Alex Wennberg added an empty-net goal.


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