The Kraken appear to have re-established their identity on this road trip: Hard on the forecheck, tight checking all over the ice and offensive contributions from around the line-up.
Joey Daccord earned his second straight start and third of the season in net for the Kraken as Martin Jones backed him up and Philipp Grubauer continues to shake off an illness.
Daccord picked up the win Tuesday night against the Dallas Stars.
Perennial Vezina Trophy threat Juuse Saros started at the other end. He would ultimately be the difference in this game.
The Predators were playing without their captain Roman Josi, the defenseman missed his third consecutive game. Nashville also traded away four regulars prior to the trade deadline.
The Kraken entered the night in the first Western Conference wild card spot six points ahead of the Calgary Flames, the nearest non-playoff team, while the Predators, one point behind Calgary, were five points behind the Winnipeg Jets for the 2nd wild card spot.
Kraken Goal Scorers
1-0 Kraken – Even Strength – Daniel Sprong (18) from Morgan Geekie and Vince Dunn, 2:28
Spronger took a pass in front, ran out of real estate, so as he passed by he banked the puck in off the back of Saros.
— Kiefer Sherwood tied the game for the Predators at the 14:01 mark of the 2nd period.
— Nothing doing. The Predators had the best two chances.
NASH – Matt Duchene – Yes, five-hole
SEA – Jared McCann – No, hit the post
NASH – Luke Evangelista – No, stopped
SEA – Jordan Eberle – No, stopped
NASH – Phil Tomasino – Yes, game over
— The Kraken outshot the Predators for the game 27-24. Power plays: Seattle 0-for-2, Nashville 0-for-2
Kraken 3 Stars:
1) Daniel Sprong – Goals in back-to-back games for the fourth time this season. Added 2 shots, 1 block, in 14:08
2) Vince Dunn – Led the team with 27:01 in ice time, also in shots-on-goal with 4 and blocked shots with 4. Had an assist.
3) Joey Daccord – Tested late, made them look easy, made 23 of 24 saves in the game before losing shoot-out, his first ever in the NHL.