RECAP: Driedger shines in return to Florida – beats Panthers 4–1

  

As the Florida Panthers looked to set the record for most home wins to start the season, the Seattle Kraken were trying to pull themselves the funk they played with the night before in Tampa. Head Coach Dave Hakstol’s answer to one of the top three teams in the NHL was their former netminder Chris Driedger.

Driedger’s numbers were awful coming into the game, but Philipp Grubauer played the night before and this was a great time to harness some #RevengeEffects. This wasn’t just a milestone game for Driedger, though. Veteran wing Jordan Eberle was playing his 800th career NHL game and would also figure big in the final score.

In what is becoming strangely familiar, the Kraken were outplayed fairly significantly in the first period, getting outshot 14–9 and pinned their own end for much of the period. Like their game against the Hurricanes, the Kraken weathered the storm and came out ahead at the first intermission. Florida sandwiched a goal by Patric Hornqvist between ones by Kraken forwards Eberle and Ryan Donato which shockingly had the visitors up 2–1.

After a scoreless seconds period where Driedger turned away all 13 shots he faced, the Kraken nursed their one goal lead and a little bit of momentum long enough for Eberle to score his second goal of the night which was the backbreaker.

Hakstol’s troops seemed to take the motto “the best defense is a good offense,” because they kept the pressure on Florida for most of the third period. This pressure resulted in Eberle’s second goal and, eventually, Jamie Oleksiak’s first goal as a Seattle Kraken into an empty Florida net in the final minutes of the game.

When the final horn sounded, the Kraken were 4–1 winners after breaking the Panthers’ home winning streak. They also finished a streak of games where they faced teams in the top-10 for seven of their previous 8 games and pulled out a respectable 3–5 record. Letting your goalie get pummeled and forcing him to carry you on his back is not a recipe for long-term success but a couple to jumpstart your team never hurt.

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⚓ Grubauer had his night to shine against Carolina and this was Driedger’s turn. He harnesses some kind of voodoo revenge magic and showed a little of what General Manager Ron Francis picked him from Florida for, in June. Driedger stopped 33 of 34 total shots on net, including a Jonathan Huberdeau breakaway and eight of nine high-danger chances.

 

⚓ The hot power play was back like it never left. Eberle scored his first goal of the night early in the first period with just a few seconds left on the penalty to Gustav Forsling. 50% is just fine on the night.

⚓  Everyone but the line of Morgan Geekie (55%), Jared McCann (62%), and Brandon Tanev (56%) were underwater in 5-on-5 shot metrics (63% overall).  How do you not love Brandon Tanev?

⚓ The advanced possession and analytics metrics were in favor of Florida but the Kraken hit them where it hurt, in the faceoff dots, the high danger area, and goal columns. Those numbers were as follows:

🔱 5-on-5 Corsi (total shot attempts) RECAP: Driedger shines in return to Florida – beats Panthers 4–1 62% – 38%
🔱 5-on-5 Fenwick (Unblocked shot attempts) RECAP: Driedger shines in return to Florida – beats Panthers 4–1 59% – 41%
🔱 5-on-5 Scoring Chances For RECAP: Driedger shines in return to Florida – beats Panthers 4–1 58% – 42%
🔱 5-on-5 High Danger Chances For RECAP: Driedger shines in return to Florida – beats Panthers 4–1 53% – 47%
🔱 5-on-5 Expected Goals For RECAP: Driedger shines in return to Florida – beats Panthers 4–1 55% – 45%
🔱 Faceoff Percentage RECAP: Driedger shines in return to Florida – beats Panthers 4–1 62% – 38%

After an extremely challenging road trip, the Kraken head up to Buffalo to face the lowly Sabres Monday night. The puck drop is scheduled for 4:00 p.m. PST.

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