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Game 81 RECAP: Kraken can’t overcome Knights in 4-1 Loss

B. Tanev Warming Up On Ice
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I am so f#!king sick of the Golden Knights, man.

But First, the Highlights:

Game Notes:

  • Your TOI leader was Adam Larsson, with 21:19 logged.
  • The Kraken were definitely showing their fatigue tonight, as turnovers plagued their game from the opening bell and if there’s one team in the NHL that can pounce on that particular issue like a ferocious animal, it’s Vegas. Michael Amadio got two goals tonight, and assisted on Reilly Smith’s tally and made life miserable for the Kraken at pretty much every opportunity they got. They frustrate me to no end, and I can only imagine how it must be to play them; I am not looking forward to seeing more of them.
  • Not helping matters was some very slow reading of Vegas’ offense from the Seattle back-checkers, who looked the most exhausted out of anybody wearing White and Blue tonight and did not endear themselves to much of anybody. The Golden Knights are a relentless squad that made the Kraken look silly for even trying with the kind of effort they put up.
  • Oh Joey. You worked so hard and did so many cool saves. Unfortunately, you leave this game with an .892 SV% and a loss. I’m so sorry, kid, it mostly wasn’t your fault. Mostly.

Any Bright Spots?:

  • Oh for sure! Yanni Gourde got his 14th goal of the year off the rush and it was a nice goal!
  • Nobody got injured! When you’re this close to the playoffs I’d call that a major win!
  • While the ending SV% and the four goals-against weren’t much to write home about, Joey Daccord honestly had a pretty strong game in net. It’s just a shame he couldn’t steal this one from the Knights.
  • Functionally, these games against Vegas don’t really matter. It would just be nice to win them and forget they exist.
  • Michael Amadio becomes the Oilers’ problem when the playoffs begin.
  • Eventually, the Knights will implode, and we will be there to laugh at their corpse.

Playoff Opponent Update:

As of this writing, the Central Division’s top team is the Colorado Avalanche, with 105 points. The Stars are right behind them with 104, and finish the season against the Blues in a similar arrangement to what Seattle’s doing with Vegas. If the Avs drop either of their games against Winnipeg and Nashville, it could give Dallas the chance to become the Central Division leader.

So as of right now, we can reasonably assume that either Colorado or Dallas are the most likely opponents for Seattle.

Let’s grouse about the outcome of this game with charts from

The Kraken get a day off for travel, and then return home to Climate Pledge for the final game of the Regular Season against the Vegas Golden Knights…again.

We will see you there for sappy Regular season thank-yous and hopefully a better result!

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