3 Takeaways from Kraken 7-3 Loss to Avalanche

The Seattle Kraken lost a sixth straight game Friday night after being defeated 7-3 by the Colorado Avalanche. 

It was another slow start to a game for the Kraken, who found themselves trailing 2-0 after the first period and 6-0 through two periods. Chris Driedger made just his second start of the season but was pulled before the end of the second period. He allowed four goals on just 13 shots through less than 26 minutes of game action. Philipp Grubauer was better, saving 14 of 17 shots including some key stops to keep the deficit from getting even worse. The Kraken will not hold a practice Saturday but still have some adjustments to make ahead of Sunday’s game.

Another Slow Kraken Start

Seattle once again was outplayed at the start of a game and fell behind because of it. The Avalanche had a majority of the chances early in the game and outshot Seattle 25-13 through 40 minutes. By that time they had already built a 6-0 lead that was already far out of reach. The Kraken continues to win a majority of faceoffs but has been unable to dominate puck possession the way opponents can. Seattle had 7 giveaways to Colorado’s two, contributing to the spread in chances in the Avs’ favor. For the Kraken to get out of this slump, they’ll need to take better care of the puck and shoot more often.

Special Teams Battles

Seattle’s special teams have had a rough few weeks and had an up-and-down performance against the Avalanche. The Kraken got off to a brutal start, allowing both a powerplay and shorthanded goal by the Avs in just the game’s first period. Colorado’s powerplay finished 2-for-4 in the contest, taking a total of seven shots with the man advantage. Despite allowing three special teams goals, Seattle was able to take advantage of its own opportunities. The Kraken powerplay, which has been among the league’s worst, converted twice in the third period. The game was already out of reach, but the two goals will be confidence boosters for the Kraken units going forward.

Depth Contributors

Although they didn’t score until the third period, Seattle had eight skaters record a point. Jordan Eberle extended his point streak to seven games, which matches a career-high, but most of the other Kraken contributors haven’t been as hot recently. Colin Blackwell scored his first goal with Seattle in his third game of the season. He took four shots on goal and won 80% of his faceoffs in just shy of 14 minutes played. Brandon Tanev is halfway to matching his career-high in goals, notching his seventh tally in just 17 games. Defensemen Adam Larsson, Vince Dunn, and Carson Soucy all picked up assists on the powerplay. Larsson and Dunn each finished with a minus-3 rating but tried to counteract poor defensive play with point production.

The Road Ahead

The Kraken will finish up their six-game homestand with matchups against the Washington Capitals and Carolina Hurricanes. Seattle will host the Caps on Sunday and the Canes on Wednesday before traveling to Florida for back-to-back games. The Kraken will visit the Tampa Bay Lightning on Friday and Florida Panthers on Saturday to close out a difficult Thanksgiving week.