Kraken's Matty Beniers out for next two games, casting doubt on All-Star availability

Kate Shefte, The Seattle Times on

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SEATTLE — After suffering an apparent injury following a hit Wednesday, Kraken All-Star Matty Beniers was absent at Friday’s morning skate and will miss games Friday and Saturday before a break for the annual NHL showcase, putting his participation in question.

“He won’t be available today or tomorrow,” coach Dave Hakstol said Friday morning. He didn’t comment on Beniers’ All-Star weekend availability but said the rookie can be called day to day.

The Kraken host the Calgary Flames on Friday night at Climate Pledge Arena and the Columbus Blue Jackets 24 hours later. Those are their last two matchups before the All-Star break. Their first game after the break is Feb. 7 at the New York Islanders.

Beniers, 20, is set to make his All-Star Game debut Feb. 4 in Sunrise, Fla., during a weekend hosted by the Florida Panthers. Beniers is the Kraken’s sole representative and traditionally would be replaced by a teammate if he can’t attend.

Early in Wednesday’s second period, 6-foot-8 Vancouver Canucks defenseman Tyler Myers was whistled for interference after dumping Beniers, who did not have the puck, to the ice between the faceoff circles. Beniers spun and appeared to try to catch himself, but his helmet made contact with the ice as his arms did. He did not play in the third period.


Myers was not fined or suspended Thursday by the NHL Department of Player Safety.

Beniers leads all NHL rookies in goals (17) and points (36). He’s second and tied for third, respectively, on his team in those categories.

The Kraken announced Friday that they had recalled forward Max McCormick from the Coachella Valley Firebirds of the American Hockey League. McCormick wasn’t at the morning skate but Hakstol said he’d be available for the game. Seattle defenseman Justin Schultz also was placed on injured reserve.

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