LAS VEGAS – With a day off between a crushing loss in Arizona and the return of snow here, Kraken had a somewhat different outlook on Monday.
One had to take damage behind them. It’s one of the 82 games, it’s still November, and those games happen.
The second approach pressed a bit deeper: the problems that resurfaced against the then-conquering Coyotes needed to be addressed.
“It just isn’t consistent enough,” said forward Jonas Donskoy, still looking for his first goal of the season. “We played a tough game, so we have to be consistent here. But everyone is getting more comfortable. …we’ve played some good hockey, we know we have everything we need in this locker room, and we can beat any team. So we have to start playing that game every night.”
The 5–4 loss – devastating after the Kraken reveal, was on the verge of escape when Mark Giordano tied the score late, only for Arizona to regain the lead seconds later – Kraken’s worst form ever. Was. He blew a lead; They allowed certain targets that could be prevented; Power Play did nothing; They missed defensively; He controlled the possession but conceded five goals.
In some ways that made it a wake-up call, especially as the Kraken schedule becomes more challenging.
“It’s not the kind of opportunity we’d like (to address concerns), but it’s the reality of our situation,” Kraken coach Dave Huckstole said. “We just have an honest attitude. I don’t know if it’s positive or not, but as a group it’s most important to have an honest attitude, and that’s what we’ve done in the last 48 hours.”
The Kraken took a 2-0 lead in the first minute, one of the few times they have opened a game with a lead. If you bark, that’s probably a positive to take from the game.
It was the third time he had lost a lead of the third period, including twice on the road. The second game in Nashville saw Seattle have just one road win in the entire season.
Tuesday night’s game against Vegas could present a chance. The Golden Knights have been mired in injuries and have struggled since facing the Kraken in the opening night.
“We don’t have the best road record,” said Kraken defender Hayden Fleury. “For us (in Arizona) this start was huge. We started really well, we jumped on them early, and then it didn’t get in our way. “
There are still some concerning trends: Seattle is 2-3-1 on scoring first, as it did in Arizona. The Krakens rank third in the NHL in missing shots from the net, and are one of five teams that have not been tipped on goals throughout the season.
Despite this, Kraken’s possession continues to dominate, despite targets not being followed. The four goals scored on Saturday were just one shy of their season high. But the five burnt them.
One thing Huckstole doesn’t think is missing is intensity, and he believes players recognize the task in front of them.
“Our team’s urgency has been excellent,” he said after practice at the Golden Knights’ practice facility on Monday. “We played very hard and the other night just slipped in a few areas, and we know it and we own it. … In some cases we dominated parts of these games, but were not perfect, So it’s just a feeling of how full we have to be at night.”
Monday’s practice was brisk, with all players skating except Ryan Donato, who was injured in the first period in Arizona and did not return. Marcus Johansson on injured reserve since the first game, and Colin Blackwell, who has rehearsed just three times, made full appearances, although Huxtall would not commit to a timeline for either of them to play.
He also did not specify which goalkeeper would face the Golden Knights. Backup Chris Drigger, who moved to injured reserve after his only relief appearance in Philadelphia in the fourth game, has yet to start a game. Philipp Grubauer scored five goals for the first time since losing to the Flyers. He scored five goals just three times last season with Colorado.
Fleury said the team had a video session before practice on Monday and is looking forward to the Golden Knights. Tuesday’s game is the second matchup between the two recent expansion teams.
“I guess you forget about it and keep moving forward,” he said. “It’s a long season, not all games are going to be perfect. You don’t want this to be a trend or something like that, but I think you put your best foot forward today and took over tomorrow.