The Seattle Kraken will start their 2023-24 season with a star-crossed team, once, again, front and center.
The Vegas Golden Knights, the league’s most recent expansion team aged just four years before the Kraken started up, will hoist their Stanley Cup banner in the season opener for the two teams on Oct. 10, 7pm PT (93.3 KJR-FM / Kraken Audio Network) at T-Mobile Arena as part of a nationally televised package.
The game will start a three-game trip, part of the 82-game slate released by the NHL on Tuesday as the Kraken will officially embark on the next phase and season of their journey, decorated with playoff credentials, instead of a fledgling expansion label.
Climate Pledge Arena will open its doors officially for the home opener on Oct. 17 in a 7pm PT matchup against the Colorado Avalanche, a rematch of last season’s seven-game first round upset by the Kraken.
Among the notables:
· A road heavy first part: seven of the first ten games, and 15 of the first 26 will be away from Seattle. That hits early December, often a benchmark to separating possible playoff contenders from potential lottery teams.
· Taking it outside: already announced, much heralded, and growing with anticipation, the Jan. 1 Winter Classic due for T-Mobile Park at Noon against Vegas.
· Two homestands at six games, season high: Dec. 7-16 with the Devils, Lightning, Wild, Panthers, Blackhawks and Kings coming into Seattle. Then from Feb. 19-Mar. 2, the Kraken will host the Red Wings, Canucks, Wild, Bruins, Penguins and Oilers.
· Rematch vs. Dallas: Dec. 18 on the road, where the Kraken visit twice. The Stars won’t come to Seattle until Mar. 30.
· An oddity: the Kraken and Avalanche are emptying the rematch tank early. They’ll meet three times in the first 33 days. They’re done for the regular season after that. The lone visit to Colorado is Nov. 9.
· Sprinting for the home stretch: the Kraken play 23 times in the final 48 days, including nine games in the final 18 days after the start of April. Of those nine games, seven will be on the road.
· Home finale: Thursday, Apr. 11 against San Jose, 7pm PT
· Regular season finale (will there be a playoff berth locked up by then?): Thursday, Apr. 18 at the Wild, ending a four game trip through Dallas, St. Louis, Winnipeg, and Minnesota.
Single game tickets for all Kraken home games will go on sale starting July 10, with ticket offers and infor mation for groups and occasional family night packages available at nhl.com/kraken.