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Takeaways from the Kraken’s 5-1 win over the Sabres

This might be the best all-around game we’ve seen yet from Seattle

Buffalo Sabres v Seattle Kraken Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images

It is with great joy that I come bearing news: the Kraken are good!

At least, they were quite good on Tuesday night at home against the Buffalo Sabres. Seattle jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and didn’t let off the gas the rest of the way through, culminating in a 5-1 victory over what has to this point been a great Sabres team early this season. This game featured goals from five different players and a suffocating performance by the Kraken defense corps.

The Highlights

The takeaways

  • The defense was phenomenal throughout, holding Buffalo to 16 shots on goal — they averaged 29 per game coming into the night. For the most part, the Sabres had trouble maintaining any semblance of possession in the offensive zone, and when they did manage extended time in there the Kraken skaters either kept the shots to the outside or got in front of them and prevented goaltender Martin Jones from having to make the save.
  • The scoring depth showed out. Daniel Sprong led the way with a goal and two assists in his second game of the year and looked like a guy who deserves to be a lineup regular. Morgan Geekie added another goal for the fourth line after a phenomenal lob pass from Brandon Tanev. The only forward line that didn’t get a goal was that of André Burakovsky, Alex Wennberg, and Oliver Bjorkstrand — a line which, quite frankly, I am not worried about in the slightest. Oh, and Jamie Oleksiak added his first of the year as well.

“We got a deep team, we got some good chemistry,” said Morgan Geekie after the game. “It’s huge that we can rely on offense up and down the lineup. If someone’s not going, we can hop in the back with somebody else. It just so happened to be our line tonight and we’re happy to contribute whenever.”

  • Martin Jones, though he wasn’t tested too much, played very well. He allowed one goal on 1.8 expected goals, per Natural Stat Trick, and was a perfect 5 saves on 5 shots during Buffalo’s 4 power plays.

The flotsam and jetsam

  • Shane Wright ice-time watch was off the board tonight, as he was healthy scratched along with Ryan Donato to make room for Morgan Geekie and Daniel Sprong — I guess we can’t be mad at Dave Hakstol for this choice today though after the game Geekie and Sprong had.
  • Will Borgen what are you doing
  • The Matty Beniers point streak is back! He’s got a goal in two straight, adding one on the power play against Buffalo.
  • The power play is also back! After scoring just one goal with the man advantage over the past three games, the Kraken came back with two goals on three opportunities in this one.
  • Someone get Jared McCann an ice pack please

The next game will be on Thursday, at home, against the winless Vancouver Canucks at 7pm.