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Wild get their revenge with 1-0 shutout over Kraken

Revenge games are supposed to be our thing, guys.

Marc-Andre Fleury, wearing a white away jersey, stops the puck against Morgan Geekie, wearing a home navy jersey. Geekie almost seems to be unsteady on his skates during the play. Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images

It was only 8 calendar days prior that the Kraken had pulled off a 4-0 victory over the Minnesota Wild, and that must have stuck in their minds, because the fates have suddenly swapped places. This game ended with a shut out of a different kind as no Kraken player was able to get one past Marc-André Fleury in this one.

But first, the highlights!

Game notes

  • Going into this game, the Kraken were 8th in the league with their power play, but the Wild held them to a whopping zero shots on goal for their first four power plays. It doesn’t take being a rocket scientist to know that that’s not ideal. Now, it wasn’t like the Wild were successful on their power plays either, going 0-for-3 themselves, but for what is supposed to be a much-improved power play like the Kraken’s, going 0-for-4 on the night is a huge factor in losing the game.
  • Another factor to consider is that the Wild had a whopping 22 blocks on the night. For comparison, the Kraken only had 5. Normally, blocked shots help tell a story of possession — you aren’t going to block shots as much if you have control of the puck more. However, the Wild made the most of it whenever they didn’t have the puck by getting out there and stopping traffic before it ever made its way to their Fleury.
  • Speaking of their Fleury, he put up a 28-save shutout. The Kraken won the shots-on-goal battle even despite all those blocked shots, and yet it still wasn’t enough. Look, the man has three Stanley Cup rings and a Vezina Trophy. Sometimes he doesn’t always live up to that standard, but a player doesn’t earn that much hardware by sheer luck alone. Fleury is a good goaltender, and tonight, the Kraken got out-goalied as much as they got out-defended.
  • Even so, Martin Jones put up a 20-save night, giving him a .952 save percentage. It truly came down to one shot that was, quite frankly, on a bit of a flukey play. Hockey’s weird, man.
  • What really let me down is that USA Hockey’s women’s team was in the audience ahead of their Rivalry Series game against Team Canada, and the Kraken had the audacity to get shut out in front of them. You have some of the absolute best hockey players in the world in attendance, and you do that? I’m shaking my head like a disappointed parent right now. (But also, I can’t make you do anything, but if you’re in the Seattle area, I highly recommend that you secure your tickets for the Rivalry Series game at Climate Pledge Arena on November 20. Also, if you need a primer, our friends over at The Ice Garden will be sure to give you all the women’s hockey info you need to know.)

The Kraken are still showing themselves to be a good team, but even the best teams run into those games where it just wasn’t their night. For the Kraken, this was one of them. The only thing that can be done now is to turn the page and move on to the next one.