Riding potent 4th line, Kraken face suddenly slumping Kings

Riding potent 4th line, Kraken face suddenly slumping Kings

Last season, the Seattle Kraken's success came primarily because they could roll out four lines without much of a dip in production.Entering their home matchup with the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday,

Last season, the Seattle Kraken’s success came primarily because they could roll out four lines without much of a dip in production.Entering their home matchup with the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday, the Kraken have returned to that model in the past couple of games, which has led them to snap an eight-game winless streak (0-6-2) and outscore their opponents 11-1 in their past two wins.The Kraken’s fourth line of Devin Shore, Pierre-Edouard Bellemare and Kailer Yamamoto combined for five goals and three assists and with a plus-11 rating the past two games, both at home, 4-0 over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday 7-1 over the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday.”Got us off to a great start again (Thursday) and continued to provide it throughout the night,” Kraken coach Dave Hakstol said. “That scoring that they’ve provided the last couple nights has been a big part of our success.”Yamamoto, a native of Spokane, Wash., who signed with the Kraken as a free agent in the offseason, opened the scoring in both games.”Big for the confidence and big for the team,” Yamamoto said. “I know we had a tough stretch there, but to get these last two was big for us.”I think it just gives the guys energy up (on the) top (lines). You know, we’re not scoring every game, so it’s good to be able to contribute. I mean, I thinkit really helps the team out.”It hasn’t been only the fourth line that’s been clicking.Forward Oliver Bjorkstrand had a three-point night against Chicago (goal, two assists).”It’s definitely nice (to score seven goals),” Bjorkstrand said. “I think it helps guys get going a little bit and feel a little bit more confident with the puck, so it’s never a bad thing. That said, we’ve got to keep going. And next game is a new game, and we start from the beginning.”

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