Thank god this is just preseason because jesus christ
But first, the highlights of this nonsense!
- Alright let’s get the most important thing out of the way since it’s really the only thing you need to know about this game: Philipp. Dude. We were rooting for you. For most of this game, even if the Kraken themselves weren’t playing very well in stretches of the second and third period, you were looking to be the guy who could keep this game out of reach for the Oilers. You’re absolutely allowed to play the puck if you feel you must....but if you gotta...PLEASE SEND IT TO THE BOARDS NEXT TIME!? A night in which you could’ve had maybe a .905 or somesuch save percentage was in your grasp! Even if they win in the exact same way without this goal, it’s still a much easier to swallow result than...this.
- Anyway, it’s clear giving the Oilers any sort of advantage is a bad call. The Kraken were able to hold some bit of a shot lead, but the minute the Oilers got on the power play for the first time, it became a much more desperate affair. The Kraken held their own, which is good...but attention to detail, particularly in net-front defense, was a major factor in bringing this L to our doorstep; They absolutely could have pushed this to OT; but that lack of attention in their scrambling cost them dearly. If nothing else, it definitely felt like a “Kraken” game from last year, and not in a good way.
- Not that it makes anyone feel better, but the Kraken once again crowded the slot and high slot with most of their shots tonight. On nights where they’re feeling less generous about giving the entire game away, that’ll come in handy, especially now that they’ll be doing it for real on Wednesday.
- Finish once again became a strange mistress. They were able to beat Jack Campbell three times, but very easily could’ve swung for another two or three. Gotta get that hammered out by the time they face John Gibson next week.
- Matty B, man. Even on a weird night like tonight, he brought us another goal. His shot is unreal.
- Regardless of how you feel about this loss, it still doesn’t count for points yet. The Kraken will start the regular season against two teams they can absolutely erase any bad memories against. It’s all about response in this league.
- Jaden Schwartz, after looking healthy for most of the game, was mysteriously absent for much of the 3rd period, he only played about 7:58 of TOI last night. For Seattle’s sake, let’s hope this was just done in precaution.
- Keep calm and post Zoidberg when we win.
- Go Mariners.
The Regular season begins on Wednesday at 7pm PT against the Anaheim Ducks on their home rink. We’ll see you then!