The month of March is already looking up for the Seattle Kraken. They hosted the Nashville Predators for their first-ever game in the month of March and ended their seven-game losing streak in the process. Seattle scored three straight second period goals and got a third period shorthanded #RevengeEffects goal from former Predators forward Colin Blackwell en route to their win.
Head Coach Dave Hakstol gave Chris Driedger the rare start in goal and it proved to be the right move. Driedger made 19 saves in a fairly light workload.
The game began in the same fashion as so many before, with the Predators taking the lead on a goal from Philip Tomasino, which was the only goal of the period. Nashville held a slim 9–8 lead in shots, but they made up for the lack of action in the second period.
The Predators took a 2–0 lead on an early second-period power-play goal from Matt Duchene, but the Kraken fought back just 29 seconds later on a goal by Alexander Wennberg. Seattle added two more goals in the next 2:30 from Calle Jarnkrok (#RevengeEffects) and Yanni Gourde, which gave them a brief 3–2 lead until Duchene struck again to take a 3–3 tie into the second intermission.
The Kraken dominated the third period, outshooting the Predators 15–3, and got the only goal of the period from Blackwell, with Ryan Donato in the penalty box no less, to send Nashville away with the loss.
a shorty for our short king! 👑 pic.twitter.com/aFcfexQKET
— Seattle Kraken (@SeattleKraken) March 3, 2022
⚓ The former Preds players really killed them with three points on the evening,
⚓ The Seattle penalty kill has been on fire lately with shorthanded goals in three of their last five games.
⚓ Even though he did not score, Kole Lind led the Kraken with five shots on goal and had an assist on Wennberg’s goal. He also led the team in 5-on-5 Corsi with 86%.
⚓ The Kraken put together a solid possession game after starting a bit slow:
🔱 5-on-5 Corsi (total shot attempts) 57%–43%
🔱 5-on-5 Fenwick (Unblocked shot attempts) 54%–46%
🔱 5-on-5 High-danger chances for 58%–42%
🔱 5-on-5 Expected goals for 59%–41%
🔱 Face-off percentage 63%–37%
⚓ The Kraken travel to Washington D.C. to face Alex Ovechkin and the Washington Capitals on Saturday. The puck drop is scheduled for 4 p.m. PST.