The Seattle Kraken failed to win a third straight game in a shutout loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Seattle started its four-game road trip with a poor performance against the defending Stanley Cup Champions. The Kraken played without captain Mark Giordano, who was entered into league COVID-19 protocol and forward Calle Jarnkrok, who left Wednesday’s game against the Carolina Hurricanes. Without two regulars, Seattle struggled to generate offense and moves on to face a Florida Panthers team that’s won four of its last five contests.
Lack of Shot Volume
Seattle was unable to put any pressure on the Lightning, taking just 17 shots in the contest. Andrei Vasilevskiy was able to record a second-straight shutout, while not being tested much as the game progressed. The Kraken continued to be impacted by Jarnkrok’s absence, something they have struggled with this season. In games without the Swedish winger, Seattle averages just 24.5 shots per game. The Kraken has a minus-4 shot differential without him in the lineup. With Jarnkrok, Seattle takes about 30 shots per game and outshoots opponents by 4 on a per-game basis. Without a key veteran and their captain, the Kraken was unable to get anything going against Tampa Bay.
Special Teams Struggles
Both teams were ineffective on the powerplay in this game, combining for just 6 shots on 4 total opportunities. Tampa Bay took 4 shots with the man advantage, while the Kraken was only able to throw 2 pucks on net in 4 minutes of powerplay time. Seattle’s penalty kill remains around the league average (16th) with an 81.8% success rate. Adam Larsson played a team-high 2:21 while shorthanded but ended the contest with a minus-3 rating. Seattle’s powerplay drops to 21st in the league at 16.9% after another scoreless outing. Vince Dunn handled the bulk of the man advantage responsibilities without Giordano, logging 2:20 while up a man.
The Road (Trip) Ahead
Seattle will play its second game in as many nights against the Panthers. After giving up 3 goals to Tampa Bay, the Kraken will need to play a more structured game against Florida’s second-ranked offense. Seattle is allowing 3.6 goals per game and Florida is scoring 3.8 goals per game, lining up a high-scoring affair in Sunrise.
After facing Florida, Seattle will take on two surprising teams in the Buffalo Sabres and Detroit Red Wings. Buffalo got off to a hot start despite low expectations for this season. They finished last season with the fewest points in the league (37). Detroit is currently just 3 points out of a wild card spot after finishing with a minus-44 goal differential a season ago. Their young pieces have finally cracked the NHL roster and have begun to make a significant impact.