Goaltender Joey Daccord is back with the Seattle Kraken, recalled on Sunday from the American Hockey League affiliate Coachella Valley Firebirds.
Daccord, 26, is back at the NHL level out of potential necessity. The Kraken lost goaltender Martin Jones in Saturday night’s 7-3 win over the Blackhawks at Climate Pledge Arena. Jones took a slapshot off of his catching hand from Chicago’s Boris Katchouk and was visibly in pain, finishing the second period but unable to return for the remainder of the game. Philipp Grubauer took over for Jones and made 11 saves to complete the victory.
With three games left for the Kraken until the Stanley Cup Playoffs, head coach Dave Hakstol said no update on Jones was available after Saturday night’s game.
Jones has struggled in the second half of the season but recently gained a newfound rhythm in his game over the last week, winning two of his three previous starts while allowing two goals or less in each outing. The ten-year NHL veteran has a record of 27-13-3 along with three shutouts and .887 save percentage this season.
Daccord is 2-0-1 in three games with the Kraken this year, along with a .903 save percentage while performing as a key contributor for Coachella Valley’s successful expansion season, in contention for the top record in the AHL. Daccord is tied for fourth in the league with a .918 save percentage, along with a 26-7-3-3 record and three shutouts.
Fittingly, the Kraken visit the Arizona Coyotes for their next game on Monday at 7pm PT (93.3 KJR-FM / Kraken Audio Network), their first visit to the new Mullett Arena, located on the campus of Arizona State University.
Daccord spent three seasons of his college career with the Arizona State program, leading all NCAA goalies with seven shutouts four years ago and was a finalist for two NCAA honors, the Mike Richter award as the top goaltender and the Hobey Baker Award as the top men’s player.
Daccord went 32-40-7 with a .913 save percentage in his college career for the Sun Devils.