Oilers fall short in first visit to face the Kraken

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The Oilers had a chance to tie it late with a power play, but the Kraken were able to hold on

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Derek Van Diest

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Dec 03, 2021  •  36 minutes ago  •  5 minute read  •  Join the conversation

Connor McDavid (97) of the Edmonton Oilers controls the puck against the Seattle Kraken at Climate Pledge Arena on Dec. 03, 2021, in Seattle. Photo by Steph Chambers /Getty Images Article content

SEATTLE — Edmonton Oilers head coach Dave Tippett knew his troops were going to be in a battle on their first visit to play the expansion Seattle Kraken.


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With four young defencemen in the lineup, all with less than season’s worth of NHL games combined, it was going to be essentially sink or swim for the Oilers at the impressive Climate Pledge Arena in the shadow of the iconic Seattle Space Needle.

As an expansion team coached by Dave Hakstol of Warburg, the Kraken game plan is to simply out-work its opponents, and going into the game, had won four of its previous six and earned points in five of those games.

“They have good structure and they have a hard-working group,” Tippett said before the game. “They went on the road this last little bit and it looks like…

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