Game Three between the Seattle Kraken and the Colorado Avalanche will take place Saturday night.
As the series shifts into Seattle, it’s really been the same story for these two teams in different games. Both teams had moments in their respective wins that caused them to control the entire game, and now we will see who does that next.
Game Three will be broadcasted on TBS, the first time in the series it’s been broadcasted on something else besides ESPN. Puck drop is at 10 pm ET. With that being said, let’s look at three things to look for going into Game Three.
The Kraken and Avalanche series now shifts to Seattle.
1. How will the Seattle crowd affect both teams?
If you watched both games of this series, you’d know that Seattle fed off playing in a hostile environment in Game One, while Colorado benefitted from the awesome crowd in Game Two.
It will be very interesting to see how the Seattle crowd supports its team in its first home Stanley Cup Playoff game in franchise history.
The Seattle crowd might also benefit rookie Matty Beniers, who was very noticeable in Game Two but was left off the score sheet.
2. Will MacKinnon finally score for the Avalanche?
The Kraken have done a good job of holding the superstar to just one assist in two games. I believe the Avs have enough talent to win the series outright even if MacKinnon stays quiet, but if he gets going, this is a guy who can win the series outright for the Avalanche.
Look for MacKinnon to get going in Game Three, and if he does, the Kraken could be in some trouble.
3. Which goaltender will be up for the challenge?
Both goalies in this series had tough spots in their losses. Alexandar Georgiev had the rougher time with his performance in Game One, whereas Grubauer has been mostly solid in both games despite losing Game Two.
Keep an eye out for the goaltending on both sides and see who comes out on top. Grubauer has played better overall in the series, but Georgiev had a better game in Game Two.