On Wednesday’s edition of Daily Faceoff Live, Frank Seravalli and Mike McKenna talked about the craziest game of the NHL season so far and whether the Seattle Kraken are a legitimate playoff contender. .
Seravalli: « Let’s start with this crazy affair of 17 goals. In case you missed it, the Seattle Kraken defeated the Los Angeles Kings by a score of 9-8. It was 3-3 after one period, 8-6 after two, and it ended in overtime. It’s only the 12 time in the last 35 years in the NHL that a game has had at least 17 goals scored.
When you cut all this out, what do you see of this game? And if you’re the keepers in the net, specifically Martin Jones, how do you feel?
McKenna: « You just gave up eight goals, but you’re grateful to have won. Was the goalkeeper great? No. Was the defensive coverage great? No.
If you’re Martin Jones, I think you look at it and think ‘I’m glad this one’s over.’ Sometimes these games take on a life of their own, for the players, for everyone involved. I’ve been in those matches and you can never predict what’s going to happen next so it’s hard to make a stoppage.
Jones was the first goaltender since 1991 to allow eight goals in a game and emerge victorious.
For me, it all comes down to this, it was a great call from John Forslund: « This is the most unusual night you’ll ever see. » In 2022, see a match with 17 goals? It’s pretty accurate.
Seravalli: “Kevin Fiala and Jordan Eberle each scored four-point nights, 23 different players out of the 36 skaters who were dressed for the game scored at least one point.
What does that do for the Kraken, who have now beaten the Kings in three games to start the season? What does it do for them in the rankings?
McKenna: “The Kraken, you look where they are heading, this team is looking more and more like a playoff club, at least in terms of wins and points. But can they really do it defensively? Yesterday in my goalie match on Daily Faceoff I had Jonathan Quick and Martin Jones and I said it would be a high score match.
Seattle has been pretty resilient. They find ways. Names of players scoring points, Andre Burakovsky has two more goals, Matty Beniers is on a multi-game point streak, Jared McCann, Jordan Eberle, there are players in Seattle who are performing at a very high level right now. If they can tighten up defensively, it looks like a playoff team.
Seravalli: “I’m not convinced, given the teams behind them in the Pacific Division standings. Also, the Kraken’s lack of star power. They have one, Matty Beniers, who is becoming a star, he’s a fantastic player, but he’s not a star yet. I think they lack that a bit up front, as well as some of those defensive shortcomings you mentioned.
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