Kraken forward Junas Donskoy admitted on Friday that scoring a goalless goal in the first fifth round of the regular season was on his mind.
Donskoi scored 17 points with the Colorado Avalanche last season and was seen as one of several potential 20-goal men for the Kraken when selected in the July expansion draft. But when he made six assists in Friday night’s game against his former club, Donskoy was still trying to find the back of the net for the first time in Kraken’s 17.th Play.
“I’m getting enough form, that’s for sure,” Donskoy said. “I just have to finish it and get the first one out of the way and I’m going to start rolling in here.”
The MoneyPack advanced analytics website showed Donskoy with an expected total of 2.7 as of Friday, suggesting it is seeing opportunities that are not converting. The gap between their expected goals and actual goals was the team’s largest by a wide margin.
If Donskoy had converted those chances, he would have been on pace for a nearly 14-goal season.
“I think in the last few matches, I haven’t played good hockey,” he said. “So, I guess I have to go back to making more and all that kind of stuff. I think it all starts with playing well either way. You do good things defensively, you’re hard. Try hard, you check beforehand, I think the puck will start to bounce your way.
Donskoy has suffered a prolonged scoring slump in past stops in Colorado and San Jose.
“It’s crazy how it goes,” he said. “Sometimes you just start scoring goals and everything seems easy. Everything slows down for you and you start to play better and see the snow better.
“So, I was really thinking about it a lot,” he said. “Like, why is that? And what can I do better mentally to not think about it and just play the game? I think I’ve done a pretty good job of it. I just come to the rink every day and play hard.” Trying to work hard. Improve every practice and work harder. I think that’s all you can do and believe it’s going to come.”
Donskoy said he is looking forward to playing Avalanche.
‘I’m definitely inspired,’ he said. “There were some good years there, lots of good memories. There are a bunch of nice people out there and hopefully friends for life. It’s always exciting to play against your former team.”
Dredger gets second start
Kraken goalkeeper Chris Drigger made his second start of the season against the Avalanche, which was somewhat surprising given that teammate Philippe Grubauer spent the last three years in Colorado.
But the move wasn’t even a total blow, as Grubauer has posted some of the NHL’s worst goalscorer numbers starting 13 of the first 16 games. His .877 save percentage was one of the league’s lowest goalscorers with at least five games played, while advanced analyzes say the 14 goals he allowed were the worst of any netminder. Is.
Dredger looked fine in an emergency relief appearance for Grubauer in Philadelphia last month – a game in which he also hurt his knee but finished the competition two weeks before sitting out. He looked weak at times after losing 4-2 to Vegas on his debut last week.
And he didn’t start that all-great Friday as Drizzer allowed a heavy rebound on the Colorado power play and Jeremy Lauzon’s clearing effort went straight to Andre Burakowski, who buried it in an empty net just 4:06 into the game. done. Less than three minutes after that, Valery Nychushkin got a short-handed breakaway on the right and pucked behind Drizzer.
However, coach Dave Huckstole said that Drizzer needed to get into a game before the game and thought he would look strong in recent drills. Huxtall was asked, specifically, what he saw in practice from Drizzer.
“Every goalkeeper is a little different, they have a different style,” Huxtall said. “So, I’m not really looking for the actual technical stuff. I’ll leave it to (goals coach) Andrew (Allen) and the goalscorers. But just his overall chivalry, presence in the nets. Looking comfortable They are all things that result from a lengthy injury and rehab process, it takes time to get back to work.”
Kraken initially selected Florida’s Drizzer as their No. 1 goalkeeper in the expansion draft. Then, soon after signing Grubauer away from Colorado, the team indicated that the pair would be used more along the lines of a true tandem than a starter-backup position.
Kraken general manager Ron Francis said earlier this week that with Dreider recovering, the team would move to split games more evenly between the pair.
The Kraken entered the game on Friday after already losing more consecutive games than three of the previous five NHL expansion teams. Five straight losses to the Kraken in the Colorado game surpassed the season-long three-game skid for expansion to the Vegas Golden Knights in 2017-18 and four-game losers to the Minnesota Wild and Nashville Predators in 2000–01. parts were crossed. in 1998-99.
The Kraken still had a way to go, holding on to eight consecutive losses to the 2000–01 Columbus Blue Jackets and a dozen consecutive losses to the 1999–2000 Atlanta Thrashers.
Incidentally, the record for consecutive losses by an expansion team—and any NHL squad, for that matter—is 17 by the 1974–75 Washington Capitals. That mark was later matched by the 1992–93 San Jose Sharks, but by that time they were in their second season.