Kraken aim for first win over regional rival in Vancouver (AUDIO)

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NEWARK, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 19: Jaden Schwartz #17 of the Seattle Kraken skates against the New Jersey Devils at Prudential Center on October 19, 2021 in Newark, New Jersey. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)Photo: Getty Images

The Seattle Kraken did not skate on Sunday. Perhaps, it will be rest time well spent.

A stretch of back-to-back games starts tonight, when the Kraken visit the regional rival Vancouver Canucks in the third matchup of the season, 7pm at Rogers Arena (950 KJR / Kraken Audio Network).

The Kraken have lost six of eight games around the All-Star break, looking to salvage a win in three tries on the three-game trip that ends tonight. Tomorrow's home game against the New York Islanders will end three games in four days while a Thursday home game against Boston awaits, finishing five games in seven days.

Former Canucks forward Jared McCann, enjoying a career year with 20 goals to lead the Kraken, is expected to play in the 400th game of his NHL career tonight.

Vancouver lost their last meeting, 7-4 to Anaheim on Saturday, marking the second time in three home games they fell behind 5-0. They hired Bruce Boudreau as new head coach in December and went on a 9-0 run in their next nine games, but have tailed off at 6-7-3 since defeating the Kraken, 5-2 on New Year's Day in Seattle.

The Canucks are led by J.T. Miller's 18 goals and 51 points.

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