Game Preview: Kings Vs Nashville Predators

       

Preview: 

Fresh off a 4-2 victory against the Columbus Blue Jackets the Kings (3-3-2; 8 points) continue their road trip in Nashville against the Predators (4-2-3; 11 points) tonight at 5. The Predators are coming off a dominating 6-1 performance against the Blues and are on a three game winning streak. Nashville's lineup is consistent from top to bottom, which will force the Kings to play a patient and smart game.

The Predators have a balanced offensive attack led - but not dominated - by Martin Erat and Brandon Yip. Nashville jumped to a 3-0 first period lead against the Blues with goals by Ryan Ellis, Rich Clune, and Nick Spaling. Nashville will try and keep the momentum rolling, on a three game win streak and returning home after a seven game road trip weathering the storm for the first ten minutes will be important for the Kings. Los Angeles has started off games slow all season forcing them to play catch up throughout the game.

Last Time They Met: Nashville beat the Kings 2-1(SO) at the Staples Center a week ago. The Predators jumped to a quick 1-0 lead when Brandon Yip unleashed a snapshot off a faceoff 58 seconds into the game. Dustin Brown scored the lone Kings goal on a rebound at the 13:08 mark in the first period. A marathon shootout involving eight shooters from each side ended when Sergei Kostitsyn scored on Jonathan Quick for a Nashville win.

Team Stats:

 

 

Goals/g

GA

  PP

   PK

 S/G

 SA

  F/O

    Kings

2.38

 3.00

12.5%

81.1%

 28.6

25.9

48.6%

Predators

   2.00

 2.00

17.2%

80.0%

 21.8

27.9

50.8%

 

Team Leaders:

 

 

Kings

Predators

Points

Simon Gagne: 5

Justin Williams: 5

Dustin Brown: 5

Martin Erat: 7

Colin Wilson: 5

Brandon Yip: 4

Goals

Jeff Carter: 4

Dustin Brown: 3

Anze Kopitar: 3

Martin Erat: 3

Brandon Yip: 2

Ryan Ellis: 2

Assists

Simon Gagne: 5

Justin Williams: 4

Mike Richards: 4

Martin Erat: 4

Colin Wilson: 4

Patric Hornqvist: 3

+/-

Jake Muzzin: 3

Justin Williams: 3

Slava Voynov: 2

Brandon Yip: 3

David Legwand: 3

Kevin Klein: 3

Shots

Dustin Brown: 27

Justin Williams:26

Jeff Carter: 23

Shea Weber: 22

Roman Jesi: 17

Patric Hornqvist: 16