Post-Game Instant Analysis: Ottawa and Seattle

Compared to the last time these two teams met, it was a completely different Kraken group that welcomed the Senators to Seattle. Not only were there a lot of new names on the ice, unlike the March matchup in Ottawa, the Kraken scored first, played a controlling game, and secured a regulation win.

What worked? The relatively new line of Yanni Gourde, Jared McCann and Karson Kuhlman was a driver of play all night. The power play scored again. And newcomers Daniel Sprong, Victor Rask and Matty Beniers all got on the scoresheet. In net, Chris Driedger turned away 36 of the 38 shots sent his way, allowing just two goals against.

Let’s look at the game “by the numbers.”

  • The game as a whole was fairly even in terms of offensive production in 5-on-5 play. Seattle ended the game with 50.36 percent of all shot attempts and 48.34 percent of all shot quality. The leveling out however, is due in part to a big surge by Ottawa late. And the best Kraken period (2) was also the one in which they dominated the possession game.
  • There were more than a few standout performances to note. First up, Jared McCann. He got going right out of the gate and by the time the game was over, he led all skaters across both teams in shot attempts (8), shots on goal (6), and individual shot quality (1.41 expected goals, per Evolving- Hockey.com). McCann also added a late goal for his efforts. The forward had the most offensive zone possession time of any player (1:09), the most slot shots on net (5) and two scoring chances off the rush.
  • It’s a shame Karson Kuhlman’s goal was waived off due to a high stick from Gourde. He was also strong with five controlled entries (2nd overall) and eight controlled exits. Kuhlman’s .3 expected goals was the most of any Kraken skater in 5-on-5 play.
  • Kuhlman and McCann were also part of the strongest Seattle forward combination in the game. Those two plus Gourde had 70.59% percent of all shot attempts and 82.02 percent of all shot quality in 9:18 of ice time together.
  • The Kraken power play converted one of its five chances and kept Ottawa off the board in their four minutes of play with the man-advantage.
  • The Kraken built such an offensive advantage that Anton Forsberg earned a quality start even after allowing three goals against.
  • Other notables: three assists for Vince Dunn; two assists for Adam Larsson; three-game point streaks for both Rask and Beniers. Each forward had a goal and Rask also had an assist for a two-point night.

Here’s a look at our data-driven Instant Analysis from Sportlogiq (Click HERE for how to read this graphic):

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