Monday Morning Squid Words

The Kraken lost in brutal fashion last night, and unfortunately we’ve got a few days to stew on that one while we wait for the next winning streak to start — ideally just until this Thursday when they host the Rangers. In the meantime, let’s check in on how the team has done so far this year according to the numbers, and visit what the NHL world is saying about our favorite cephalopods.

What’s Kraken

The season at a glance

We’re about 20% of the way through the 2022-23 NHL season. Let’s take a peek under the hood to see what the underlying numbers are saying about which teams are good (the Kraken!), which are bad (the Ducks, woof) and which are a product of their luck.

At 5-on-5, the Kraken are a top-5 team in terms of shot quality allowed. Combine that with solid goaltending and you’re left with a team in Seattle that ranks 6th in fewest goals allowed per 60 minutes at 5-on-5.

The Kraken are generating more chances than their opponents at 5-on-5 and they’re getting better luck* on those chances as well. Their save percentage is up (especially in recent weeks) and their shooting percentage is also top-10 in the NHL right now. What a time to be alive.

*luck defined as PDO: team shooting percentage + team save percentage, a metric that tends to regress towards 1 as the season goes along

We’ll keep track of these numbers as the season rolls along, but for now just know this: the Kraken are a good hockey team. Go squids.