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Game 25 Recap: Shane Wright scores, but Kraken fail to come back in 4-2 loss

Martin Jones sure had himself a night to forget in a winnable game the Kraken couldn’t overcome.

NHL: Montreal Canadiens at Seattle Kraken Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Oh I’ve seen this movie before

But first, the Highlights

Game Notes

  • Your TOI Leader was Vince Dunn, who had 24:19 TOI, with a chunk of it being power play time, and about 1:21 of it being shorthanded.
  • Before we have words about Martin Jones, I want to make it clear that if you came out of that game with the feeling that the Kraken could’ve won this even with how lopsided the score was, you are not alone: The Habs got absolutely demolished at even strength; there wasn’t a single player in the red for shot metrics like CF% and Expected goals for Seattle. They just couldn’t cash in, which can happen, but they otherwise tuned up Montreal in a game that should’ve been correctable...
  • ...had Martin Jones not had an absolutely miserable night; finishing the night with a .750 SV% in a game in which the Kraken mostly held a deathgrip on puck possession. The Habs only got off 16 shots the entire game and 4 made it past Jones. Sure, a couple of them were tough saves where he was hung out to dry, but at least one of those goals early in the 2nd you need a save on.
  • Oh but let’s not heap all the blame on Jones; transition defense tonight was a total trainwreck and contributed significantly to Cole Caufield and Josh Anderson scoring within seconds of one another; watching the highlights show a lot of players having a bad time recognizing the play and trying to stop it, and more a lot of puckwatching that, frankly, is beneath their level of play this year. We have seen them play better than this, and we know they can stop those kinds of things. Practice better be hard on these guys.
  • Didn’t let up a power play goal, at least. That’s something.
  • I think it’s time Joey Daccord came up for a game or two. Grubauer and Jones need a spark and sitting one or the other isn’t gonna cut it.
  • WRIGHTWATCH: If there’s a silver lining to all this, it’s that the conditioning stint seems to have done Shane a ton of good: he finished his night with over 11:12 TOI, and had himself a goal! He and his line of Bjorkstrand and Gourde made the Habs lives miserable (for as miserable as they could) all night. They are one solid line, and I’d like to see more of it on Friday.
  • Also another silver lining is that Jared McCann still is a quality depth guy. Hope he starts to heat up a bit more because they’re gonna need him on this road trip.
  • Keep calm, and post Zoidberg when we win.

Let’s See what the charts at NaturalStatTrick had to say:

Two goals were the difference in a game that the Kraken otherwise turned Jake Allen into a shooting gallery for.

The Kraken get a practice or two in, and then head out for a southeastern road trip, starting with the Caps on Friday. That game drops the puck at 4pm PT.

We’ll see you there, and let’s get back in the win column before the week is out!