Kraken head coach Dave Hakstol approaches the long grind of an NHL regular season in five-game segments. Keep "winning" each segment (earning the majority of the 10 standings points available) and your team is trending in a positive direction.
This particular form of hockey math calculates to promising numbers for the Kraken, who entered the weekend with 61 standings points, tied with Vegas, but get the first-place designation by having a higher points percentage (.649) due to playing two fewer games. To reach such a lofty status in season two is built on winning those five-game segments: To date, Seattle has "won" six such segments with point totals of 6, 8, 9, 6, 10 and 6.
The Kraken have lost just two five-game packs, winning only once in the opening five games along with two overtime losses, to earn four of a possible 10 points. A mid-December stretch generated four points in five games, then five points (half) of the next available 10 in Games 31 through 35. Since then, the Kraken notched a perfect 10 of 10 and then six points as part of the recent franchise-record eight-game winning streak. Speaking of streaks, limiting any losing streaks to three games or less makes for winning segments.