- Editor's note: Sheng Peng will be a regular contributor to NBC Sports California's Sharks coverage for the 2021-22 season. You can read more of his coverage on San Jose Hockey Now, listen to him on the San Jose Hockey Now Podcast, and follow him on Twitter at Sheng_Peng.
Let’s get one thing out of the way: The Seattle Kraken are better than their now 10-15-3 record.
Per SPORTLOGiQ, the Kraken came into Tuesday’s inaugural meeting with the San Jose Sharks as the sixth-best All Situations team in the NHL in Quality Chances Against. They actually surrender the least amount of Inner Slot Shots in the league — and they’re top-10 defending the rush and the cycle.
What’s killed them is their goaltending: Going into the game, their Expected Goals Against was eighth in the NHL at 2.73, but they’ve given up 3.59 Goals a Game.
In some ways, they’re a lot like the San Jose Sharks. Both teams are offensively challenged — Seattle is 30th in the league in Quality Chances, San Jose is 26th. Both teams are solid defensively — the Sharks are fifth-best in Quality Chances Against.
The difference between the clubs has been between the pipes, where James Reimer has provided Vezina-caliber netminding for San Jose, while Philipp Grubauer and Chris Driedger have supplied sub-.900 save percentages.