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Sabres Wrap Road Trip in Seattle, For First Time Ever

Buffalo heads to Seattle for the first time in franchise history.

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Game 10

Buffalo Sabres (5-3-1) vs. Seattle Kraken (3-6-1)

Puck Drop: 10:00 PM EST | Climate Pledge Arena | Newark, NJ

TV: MSG

Radio: WGR 550

SB Nation Kraken Blog: Davy Jones Locker Room

Know Your Opponent

Seattle Kraken

Record: (3-6-1) | 7 PTS

Division Ranking: 8th in Pacific

PP: 30th (9.4%)

PK: 7th (87.0%)

1. Welcome to Seattle

For the first time in franchise history, the Buffalo Sabres arrive in Seattle to play a National Hockey League game.

Much like the first time the Sabres played the Vegas Golden Knights in Las Vegas, tonight’s game is being made into quite a big deal for the Sabres and their fans.

Seattle’s brand new Climate Pledge Arena is a modern marvel with how it was built. If you did not know, Seattle opened the former KeyArena back in 1962. The arena was built as part of the Century 21 Exposition.

Fast forward almost 60 years and the Climate Pledge Arena now exists.

The original KeyArena was demolished but the roof was spared. The original roof was lifted while the bones of a brand new arena were built under it. Pretty neat when you think about it.

While this technically falls under the category of a “renovation”, we all know the truth here.

Either way, Seattle has a beautiful new arena with great sightlines for hockey. If you have not watched a Kraken game at Climate Pledge Arena on television yet, you are in for a treat tonight.

2. Hot as a Firecracker

Heading into the 2021-22 National Hockey League season, one player with a chance to prove his worth was Rasmus Asplund.

It was clear that Asplund would be getting a bigger opportunity this season after looking strong in Don Granato’s system toward the end of last season.

Asplund has blossomed this season in the team’s first nine games. With seven points (four goals, three assists) in nine games, Asplund ranks second in goals, tied for third in assists and second in total points.

Furthermore, Asplund has been white-hot as of late, with five points (three goals) in his last five games.

Asplund will look to further his hot start against the Kraken tonight.

3. First Game in the Post-Eichel Era

We would be remiss to overlook the biggest piece of not-only Sabres news but the biggest piece of news in the National Hockey League on Thursday.

The long-winded saga between forward Jack Eichel and the Buffalo Sabres has finally come to a close, with Eichel being traded to the Vegas Golden Knights.

While forwards Peyton Krebs and Alex Tuch will be heading to Buffalo along with a few future draft picks, it remains fair to close the book on the Eichel era before the Sabres head into their first game of the Post-Eichel Era.

Since becoming a member of the Buffalo Sabres, Eichel amassed 355 points (139 goals, 216 assists) in 375 games.

Eichel’s presence in the Sabres lineup certainly be missed but it was clear that a divorce was needed for both parties.

Tonight marks the first game in the Post-Eichel Era. Here’s to bigger and better things for all parties involved.

Projected Lineups

Buffalo Sabres

Forwards

Jeff Skinner - Tage Thompson - Rasmus Asplund

Drake Caggiula - Dylan Cozens - Vinnie Hinostroza

Zemgus Girgensons - Cody Eakin - Kyle Okposo

Anders Bjork - Arttu Ruotsalainen - John Hayden

Defense

Rasmus Dahlin - Will Butcher

Jacob Bryson - Colin Miller

Robert Hagg - Mark Pysyk

Starter: Dustin Tokarski

Seattle Kraken

Forwards

Jaden Schwartz - Alexander Wennberg - Joonas Donskoi

Brandon Tanev - Yanni Gourde - Calle Jarnkrok

Ryan Donato - Morgan Geekie - Jordan Eberle

Max McCormick - Riley Sheahan - Nathan Bastian

Defense

Mark Giordano - Jamie Oleksiak

Jeremy Lauzon - Adam Larsson

Carson Soucy - Vince Dunn

Starter: Philipp Grubauer