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Jordan Eberle leads improving Kraken into Buffalo

Field Level Media
29 Nov 2021, 05:55 GMT+10

The Seattle Kraken appear to have turned a corner following their six-game losing skid.

The expansion club has won three of its last four contests heading into Monday's game against the host Buffalo Sabres.

Jordan Eberle celebrated his 800th career game by scoring twice on Saturday in Seattle's 4-1 victory over the Florida Panthers. The Kraken snapped the Panthers' 11-game home winning streak to start the season, one shy of breaking the NHL record.

Eberle's first goal came on the power play, marking the seventh time in the last nine games that Seattle has scored with the man advantage.

"I thought we played the right way. We played with a little more competitiveness, a little more urgency, and that has to be the standard every night," Eberle said.

Eberle has scored all of his team-leading 11 goals over his last 15 games, with three coming in the Kraken's 5-2 victory over the Sabres on Nov. 4.

Eberle's 16 points are tied for the team lead with Jaden Schwartz, who collected one goal and two assists in the previous encounter with Buffalo.

Defenseman Will Borgen, Seattle's selection from the Sabres in the expansion draft, registered one shot on goal and five blocked shots in his Kraken debut on Saturday. He also got into a scuffle with Ryan Lomberg just 1:22 into his time on ice.

"It was nice to get back into a game," Borgen said, per the Seattle Times. "It was good to get some of the rust out. ... The little scuffle, that gets you into it. It's a little intense and gets you into it pretty quick."

Buffalo has been a bit out of it, of late. The Sabres fell for the 11th time in their last 14 games (3-9-2) following a 3-2 overtime loss to the Detroit Red Wings on Saturday.

Tage Thompson was held off the scoresheet versus the Red Wings, however, he scored one of his team-leading 10 goals in the previous meeting with the Kraken.

"I feel like I've always entered games with the mindset of 'I'm going to score.' I think now I'm getting a lot of opportunity and they're going in for me," Thompson said. "I think the confidence is continuing to grow and that's just the product of guys playing good hockey around me, too."

Jeff Skinner forged a tie with 1:37 remaining in the third period on Saturday after deflecting a shot from Cody Eakin past Alex Nedeljkovic.

"When you are in front of the net at 6-on-5, you are just hoping for a rebound or a deflection," Skinner said. "Luckily, I was able to get my stick on that shot and put it over the goalie."

The goal was Skinner's sixth of the season and first since he tallied twice in the Sabres' 5-4 loss to the Toronto Maple Leafs on Nov. 13.

"Oh, I was jacked up on the bench there for sure," goaltender Duskin Tokarski said, via the Buffalo News. "It shows some character. 'Skins' has been playing some great hockey for us. It's fun to see. We're a team that I don't think is ever out of a fight and it's good to see us get to overtime for a big point."

--Field Level Media

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