Seattle Kraken, Jared McCann

An Ugly Night For The Kraken Across The Board

Saturday night couldn’t have gone any worse for the Seattle Kraken.

After the St. Louis Blues, one of the two Western Conference wild card teams when the day started, lost to the Detroit Red Wings in the afternoon, a door of opportunity opened.

Everyone but the Seattle Kraken stepped through it.

Seattle looked out of sorts and frustrated at times in their 5-2 loss on Saturday night to the Minnesota Wild, a team that moved three points ahead of the Kraken with the victory. The Wild sit two points out of the 2nd wild card spot, the Kraken, 5.

Trouble Elsewhere

It’s not just about how far back your team is, it’s also about how many clubs you have to hop over to get to the playoff promised land.

As it stands, Seattle would have to hop over four.

In other games on Saturday, events also didn’t go the Kraken’s way.

The Calgary Flames, another team in the pack, beat the Edmonton Oilers 6-3, moving two points ahead of Seattle, but with an extra game played. It was their third win in a row.

Also winners, for their fourth straight, was the Nashville Predators. Not unexpectedly, they beat the San Jose Sharks 4-2. The Preds now sit in the 2nd wild card spot and can extend their lead with a win over the Anaheim Ducks on Sunday. That game is underway. Call it a fortunate soft spot in Nashville’s schedule.

Kraken Need To Get Busy

No excuses, Seattle has a healthy roster and all hands on deck.

They have three games remaining in their six-game homestand, one that has seen them go 1-1-and-1 thus far. Boston hits Climate Pledge Arena on Monday night, the Bruins looking for revenge for a 4-1 loss to Seattle ten nights ago out east.

Then the unpredictable Pittsburgh Penguins on Thursday and the Edmonton Oilers on Saturday. Seattle has not fared well against Connor McDavid and company.

Would 1-1-and-1 again over the next three be predictable? Maybe so. Would it be acceptable? Probably not.

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Rob Simpson

Rob Simpson has covered the NHL in five different decades. He’s authored 4 books on hockey and is a veteran TV and radio play-by-play man and reporter.