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* Climate Pledge Arena will officially open its doors for hockey on Saturday when the Kraken host the Canucks in the first home game in franchise history.  
 
Connor McDavid has played five games this season and has multiple points in all of them. Only Wayne Gretzky has recorded more points through the first five games of a season in Oilers history.
 
Adin Hill made 30 saves, including a timely stop on an Auston Matthews one-timer with 1:20 remaining, to collect his third straight win and backstop the Sharks to a 4-0-0 start to 2021-22. 
 
KRAKEN HOME OPENER HIGHLIGHTS SATURDAY’S 13-GAME SLATE 
The second Saturday of the 2021-22 NHL season features 26 teams in action, including the Kraken welcoming the Canucks to Climate Pledge Arena in Seattle’s first-ever home opener. 



 
* The last time an NHL team went head-to-head against a Seattle-based club in the Emerald City was during the 1919 Stanley Cup Final (excluding exhibition games). The PCHA’s Seattle Metropolitans contested five games against the Canadiens at Seattle Ice Arena before the series was canceled due to the influenza epidemic. 
 

* The 31 current franchises and seven defunct clubs which preceded the Kraken own a combined record of 15-18-5 in their first-ever home game. Three franchises which joined the NHL over the last 41 years earned a win. 
 

   
Newsy Lalonde, who played against Seattle in the 1919 Final, is one of eight players in NHL history with a hat trick for a franchise in its first-ever home game. Chris Kontos and Real Cloutier are the only players to achieve the feat with a modern-era club (since 1943-44) – the last skater to score two goals was James Neal with the Golden Knights on Oct. 10, 2017. 
 

 
MORE FROM SEATTLE:

 
Kraken home opener latest chapter in Seattle’s hockey history

Joey Daccord gives tour of Kraken facilities 
Kraken arena officially opens with ribbon-cutting ceremony 
 



FRIDAY’S RESULTS

 

 

McDAVID POSTS ANOTHER MULTI-POINT OUTING AS OILERS IMPROVE TO 5-0-0… 
Connor McDavid (0-2—2) recorded his fifth consecutive multi-point game as the Oilers improved to 5-0-0, matching their second-best start to a season in franchise history behind only 1983-84 (7-0-0). 
 
* McDavid has recorded 6-7—13, which marks the highest point total through five games of a campaign since Sharks forwards Joe Thornton (3-10—13 in 5 GP) and Patrick Marleau (9-4—13 in 5 GP) in 2012-13. Only one Oilers player has recorded more points through the club’s opening five contests: Wayne Gretzky (7-8—15 in 1983-84 and 3-11—14 in 1986-87). 



…WHILE THE SHARKS PICK UP THEIR FOURTH STRAIGHT WIN 
Adin Hill (30 saves), who was acquired by San Jose on July 17, earned his third straight win as a member of the Sharks to help the club remain undefeated in 2021-22. San Jose, which improved to 4-0-0, has posted a longer season-opening win streak only twice in franchise history: 7-0-0 in 2012-13 and 6-0-0 in 2013-14. 
 

 
Logan Couture (2-1—3), Timo Meier (1-1—2) and Erik Karlsson (1-0—1) each extended their season-opening point streaks to four games. The 2021-22 campaign marks the first since 2013-14 in which the Sharks have featured multiple players with points in each of the team's opening four or more contests, when Patrick Marleau (8 GP), Couture (6 GP) and Marc-Edouard Vlasic (4 GP) combined for the feat.  
 
EXTRA #NHLSTATS FEATURED ON FRIDAY’S LIVE UPDATES 
Taylor Hall (10) trails only Brad Marchand (13) for the most goals by a Bruins player since he was acquired by the club on April 12 and Miro Heiskanen (1-2—3) required the fourth-fewest games to reach the 100-point mark by defensemen to debut with the Stars/North Stars. Hall, Heiskanen and many more #NHLStats were featured in Friday’s live updates, which can be read in full here. 
 


QUICK CLICKS  
  
* Frederik Andersen set to face Maple Leafs for first time with Hurricanes on Monday 
Shane Wright, potential No. 1 pick in 2022, compared to Mathew Barzal 
Lightning-Avalanche, Kraken home opener highlight weekend schedule 
Shaq would be better hockey player than Charles Barkley, NHL stars say 

 
Thanks to the NHL PR department for the information above.

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