The Seattle Kraken took a two-game winning streak into this weekend against the St. Louis Blues and Florida Panthers after wins against the Chicago Blackhawks and San Jose Sharks. St. Louis and Florida are both stronger opponents than Seattle’s previous two games, as they were in second and first place in their divisions, respectively.
Friday vs. St. Louis Blues
Unfortunately for the Kraken, they never got rolling against the visiting Blues. Goaltender Ville Husso stopped all 20 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season, and the Blues got all the scoring they needed in the first period from Tyler Bozak and Brayden Schenn.
St. Louis added three more goals in the third period from Pavel Buchnevich, Colton Parayko and Jordan Kyrou to solidify a 5–0 win.
Seattle goaltender Joey Daccord stopped 19 of 22 shots with Chris Driedger out and Philipp Grubauer taking the night off. Defenseman Vince Dunn had a rough night as well, playing only 17:50 and watching three goals against up close.
Sunday vs. Florida Panthers
Following Seattle’s whitewashing against the Blues, the Atlantic Division-leading Panthers came to town Sunday evening. Once again, the Kraken struggled out of the chute, but this time scored three goals in the second and two more in the third to surprise the Cats. Colin Blackwell and Yanni Gourde set a Seattle team record by scoring goals 17 seconds apart.
The game was not without its drama, though. After taking a 3–1 lead in the second, the Kraken surrendered two goals to close out the second period and head into the intermission tied at 3–3.
Mason Appleton and Calle Jarnkrok secured the win with their third period tallies. Grubauer was back in net and had a solid 23-save performance, including a clutch 12-save third period.
Last week’s hero, Carson Soucy, played only 4:41 before leaving with an injury.
⚓ The Kraken host the Nashville Predators on Tuesday. The puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m. PST.