Grubauer Records First Kraken Shutout vs Islanders

Philipp Grubauer recorded the franchise’s first shutout in Wednesday’s win over the New York Islanders. 

The Kraken improves to 15-27-4 on the season, good for second-worst in the Western Conference, heading into the all-star break. Seattle’s next game will be next Wednesday against the Arizona Coyotes, the team with the West’s worst record.

Seattle received third-period goals from Jared McCann and Vince Dunn before an empty-netter from Mason Appleton to secure their fifth win in the last 10 games. Jordan Eberle recorded a primary assist on McCann’s goal in his return to Long Island.

Grubauer stopped all 19 shots from the Islanders for his first shutout of the season and 19th of his career. He enters the all-star break with a 12-17-4 record, 3.09 goals-against average and .887 save percentage.

Kraken First-Half Leaders

While the team has struggled at times, Seattle has had several players turn in strong first-half performances. Jared McCann leads the team with 19 goals and 30 points in his 41 games to this point. His 0.71 points per game also paces the team, with Jaden Schwartz’s 0.69 P/GP pace placing him second on the roster. Schwartz has only appeared in 29 games, recording 6 goals and 20 points in the process. Free-agent signee Alex Wennberg leads the team with 17 assists, although Schwartz’s 14 in 29 games puts him on a better full-season pace in the category.

On the blueline, Mark Giordano and Vince Dunn are tied for the team-lead with 18 points. Carson Soucy has six goals, the most among the team’s defensemen, and a team-high plus-7 rating.  Rookies Will Borgen and Kole Lind are the only first-years to record a point so far for Seattle, with Borgen scoring a goal and an assist, while Lind chipped in with an assist.

The Kraken powerplay converted below 16% in the first half of the year, ranking sixth-worst in the NHL. McCann has been the team’s most consistent producer with the man advantage, pacing the team with 6 goals and 10 points with the extra man.

With a full week until its next game, Seattle will look to keep the momentum from this big win going when play resumes.