The Los Angeles Kings will host the Nashville Predators in a Western Conference clash Thursday night from the Staples Center. The Predators are coming off a 3-2 road loss to the Ducks, and the Kings tallied a 3-2 road win over the Ducks in their previous meeting. The Predators have defeated the Kings in both meetings this season.
Predators Open Road Trip with Loss
The Nashville Predators will continue a three-game road trip in this contest. They opened their road trip with a 3-2 road loss to the Ducks on Tuesday night. Nashville now holds a 17-14-3-1 road record on the season. Filip Forsberg posted a two-goal performance in the losing cause on Tuesday night. The 24-year old center has netted three goals in his last three games, and he is up to 24 goals and 19 assists on the season.
Predators’ point leader Ryan Johansen recorded his 45th assist of the season in Tuesday’s loss. The seven-year veteran center has collected three points on the month, and he has 56 points on the year. Johansen is pointless in two games against the Kings this season.
The Predators are expected to send Pekka Rinne between the pipes in this one. The veteran goalkeeper hasn’t been quite as sharp recently, and he is carrying a 2.54 GAA and a .912 save percentage accompanied with a 24-18-3 record. Nashville holds a 5-5 record in their last 10 games, and they are averaging 2.9 goals on the season, ranking them 17th in the NHL. The Predators are holding opponents to an average of 2.7 goals, good for fifth in the NHL.
Kings Snap Slide in Win Against Ducks
The Los Angeles Kings will open a five-game homestand in this contest. The Kings own a 13-17-2-1 home record on the season. L.A. enters this one on a winning note after collecting a 3-2 road win over the Ducks in their latest game on Sunday night. Dustin Brown found the back of the net for his 17th goal of the season in the winning effort. The 14-year veteran right-winger has recorded four points on the month, and he is up to 17 goals and 22 assists on the season.
Kings’ point leader Anze Kopitar is stuck in a scoring slump, going four consecutive games without recording a point. The 31-year old center has tallied 19 goals and 29 assists on the season. Kopitar has a goal and an assist in two games against the Predators this season.
The Kings will likely send Jonathan Quick to the crease in this contest. The veteran goalie isn’t having a strong season for his standards, recording a 3.28 GAA and an .891 save percentage paired with a 13-19-6 record. L.A. is scoring an average of 2.3 goals, ranking them down at 30th in the NHL. The Kings are allowing an average of 3.2 goals. pegging them 22nd overall.
The Los Angeles Kings are:
- 3-13 in their last 16 games overall.
- 1-6 in their last 7 home games.
- 2-12 in their last 14 games as an underdog.
The Nashville Predators are:
- 5-0 in their last 5 games against the Kings.
- 4-1 in their last 5 games when playing on one day of rest.
- over is 6-2 in their last 8 games as a road favorite.