The Kraken Are On The Brink Of Elimination

That’s back-to-back games now where the Kraken have looked inferior in every possible way.

The way the Stars’ top line is dominating this series, it got me to thinking. We’ve been endlessly praising how deep the Kraken are throughout the playoffs. They’re four lines strong! They can keep sending wave after wave of quality player at you! But, you know what they don’t have? When the chips are down, the Kraken don’t have that elite, top-shelf player or line that can carry you over the hump, or drag you back from the brink.

Now, it’s true, you don’t necessarily want to be too overly reliant on that top line, or that top player, to the detriment of the rest of your roster. But, the Kraken are a little lacking in superstars, and I think it’s biting them in the ass this series.

Maybe Matty Beniers will turn into that player one day. Maybe that other high draft pick will be someone of note. But, we don’t have that person on this roster right now, and it’s costing us the playoffs.

The Kraken lost 5-2 last night, two days after being blown out 6-3. The Stars got two extremely quick goals in the first period, and took a 3-0 lead inside the first minute of the second period. Adam Larsson got one right back, and later in the period Jared McCann slammed one home to make it 3-2.

This game was interesting for a little while after that, but midway through the final frame, the Stars made it 4-2, before scoring an empty-netter late to put it away.

I didn’t think Grubauer looked particularly competent in this one. Those first two Stars goals looked mighty easy. Then again, I just think the Stars are the better team, and they’ve looked that way in all but one of the games. In a way, it’s kind of impressive we made it this far, but I think this series is all but over. They’re just too talented, and it forces the Kraken to be absolutely perfect if they want to win a game.

We were able to be perfect once, and I think we were lucky to come away from Game 1 with an overtime victory, but to do so throughout a 7-game series is a pretty big ask.

There have been a lot of firsts this season for the Kraken. First playoff appearance, first playoff victory, first overtime playoff game, first Game 7, first series win, and now we’re heading into our first elimination game from the other side. Backs against the wall, we’ll get to see how the Kraken respond, in our home building no less! Should be fun. I hope the Kraken at least put on a good show in what figures to be our final go around the ice.

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