The Seattle Kraken gave the Florida Panthers their first home loss of the season in a 4-1 victory.
The Panthers were a perfect 11-0-0 at home to start the season and had won their previous 15 games at FLA Live Arena. Sitting in second place in the league standings, Florida was a heavy favorite over the Kraken in its home building. Seattle, who had just three wins in its previous ten games, was able to grab two first-period leads and play from ahead for the entire game.
Eberle’s Big Game
Jordan Eberle led the way for Seattle offensively in his 800th NHL game. The veteran winger opened the scoring on the powerplay and finished with two goals on three shots. Eberle leads the Kraken with 11 goals on the season and is tied for the team lead with 16 points. He is on pace for his first 25-goal season since 2017-18, the only year he scored 25 with the New York Islanders. Eberle accomplished the feat three times in seven seasons with the Edmonton Oilers, including a 34-goal campaign in 2011-12. His nose for the net is helping the Kraken produce offense on a consistent basis.
Kraken Puck Possession
Much of Seattle’s success in this game came from their ability to dominate puck possession. The Kraken won 72% of faceoffs, allowing them to start the play with the puck more often than not. Centers Alex Wennberg, Yanni Gourde, and Morgan Geekie were each above 60% in the faceoff circle, with Wennberg leading the way at 81%. Seattle hasn’t been a tremendous faceoff team, hovering around league average at 49.9%, but took control of draws in this game. Heavy success on faceoffs combined with strong takeaway numbers (14) allowed the Kraken to keep the puck on their own sticks.
Driedger’s First Win
Chris Driedger was impressive in his third start of the year, picking up his first win with Seattle. He stopped 30 of 31 shots from his former team, staying perfect after an early goal against. He didn’t allow a special teams goal despite facing one shot from Florida’s powerplay and two from its penalty kill. The Kraken played well in front of him, despite being without captain Mark Giordano for a second straight game. Defenseman Will Borgen made his Kraken debut, blocking a team-high 5 shots in just shy of 14 minutes played. With his first solid start under his belt, Driedger should command more playing time moving forward.