WHAT A RUSH.
But first, the Highlights!
- Your TOI leader was Vinnie Dunn, who played 24:33 in a very busy game.
- The Kraken finished up this road trip in the most explosive fashion possible: Every. Single. Kraken. Forward. Dressed tonight grabbing a point, Jared McCann picked up his first career hat trick, Beniers with another pair of points to ensure his rookie of the year award shows up on time, Tolvanen once again giving Nashville fans a good reason to call for David Poile’s head, 5 players with 2 points even, and to cap it all off...the Kraken went on the road for a seven game road trip; against divisional foes, Western conference chaffe, Wastern conference pretenders and contenders, and beat every last one of them; slamming their name in the history books in Chicagoan viscera; they are now the first team ever to sweep a seven game road trip.
- Oh and every goal they scored tonight was at even strength. This is the second time they’ve done this, and the only team this season to do it at all. Who needs a power play when you’re skating as smooth as any other contending team?
- I guess the big thing about such a good result is that it’s still expected: the Hawks are very baaaaad. Even if they got 5 on the board, they’re still doing some dee-praved tanking; the Kraken mostly were allowed to do whatever the hell they wanted to and for most of the first two periods it probably turned into a goal. Tampa’s not that kind of team and they’ve proved it emphatically against them; so they’d better bring these vibes home and use them to their advantage on Monday night.
- Martin Jones had another sub-.900 game, but I refuse to bring up any performance he had where Petr Mrazek finished the night early with a truly radioactive .200 SV%, giving up 6 goals on seven shots faced before Alex Stalock took over. Sometimes the story is told beyond the numbers, and I can’t think of a better way to do that than say “just watch the first period”
- I’m pretty confident Daniel Sprong is going to finish the season with 20 goals. Hell, he might even have that before the all-star break with how often he gets sprung for breakouts.
- Just after being nominated as a disappointing player by DJLR, Ollie Bjorkstrand had himself a solid game; controlled play well when he was on the ice (even if he ended up having to bleed for it early), came up with a nice capper for this game in the form of a great goal served up to him by Jamie Oleksiak. If he keeps this form up, there’s a place in the “Most Improved” section for the regular season wrap up for him!
- Here’s a little analytics treat I was looking at throughout the game: Brandon Tanev didn’t play a lot, but somehow managed to finish the night with an Expected Goals % above 90%. That’s crazy good for anybody, and for a depth guy like him? Turbo has to be feeling pretty charged right now. Great stuff from him.
- Another weird thing is that due to Chicago being so out of it so quickly, there were barely any penalties. Yeah, the Hawks finished the night 2 for 2 on their power plays, but a combined 8 minutes of penalties is otherwise a fairly clean game.
- That said can we please cool it on the late penalties, Kraken? You’re spoiling all the fun when you’re up.
- After aaaaaaaall of that, the Kraken ARE: 2 points back of the division leader Vegas, 2nd in the Pacific Division, owner of the best goal-differential in the Pacific, smashed both their most-goals in a period record and their franchise win-streak record, and picked up a league record along the way. Your Seattle Kraken have some warts, but they are very good.
- Keep Calm, Joyous Hearts...but always remember to Post Zoidberg when we win.
Let’s see where the fancy charts led us from our friends at NaturalStatTrick.com!:
- I saw some newbies in the gamethread, so I should remind you that Corsi is a measure of shot attempts. It shouldn’t surprise you to learn that for most of this game the Kraken mostly rolled their way back into any attack the Blackhawks tried. NaturalStatTrick.com
- There were so many goals against in the first period they’re actively making it difficult to see where which one happened on this lmfao NaturalStatTrick.com
The Kraken triumphantly return to Seattle on Monday for a matinee matchup against the Tampa Bay Lightning, which heralds another back-to-back. That game drops the puck just after lunch at 1pm PT.
We’ll see you there, and LET’S GO KRAKEN!