7:00 PM CT – Los Angeles Kings (4-3-0) @ Nashville Predators (3-3-0)
TV: Fox Sports Tennessee
Radio: 102.5 The Game
Last time out:
LA- The Los Angeles Kings were thumped in Tampa Bay on Tuesday, losing 5-1 in the third game of their four-game road trip. Jonathan Quick was pulled after allowing three goals on 17 shots against, as his shaky start to the season continues. Slava Voynov scored the lone goal for the Kings in the loss.
NSH- Barry Trotz called it a “sloppy” effort at times, but the Predators pulled out a 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers on Tuesday. It was their third win of the season, all of which have come by just one goal. Craig Smith was the star of the game, as he was one of three Preds to finish the game with two points (Mike Fisher and Shea Weber).
3 things to watch:
1. In recent years the Kings have given the Preds fits with their size as a team. How will Shea Weber and Seth Jones fare against L.A. tonight? Will their size and wingspan as a duo return the favor give the Kings’ top weapons some fits of their own?
2. Viktor Stalberg’s ice time. He finished Tuesday’s game with a team-low 10:07 and was demoted to the fourth line after failing to get back defensively on the Panthers’ first goal. Trotz mentioned that he was unhappy with some players’ efforts in that game but did not name any names. It will be interesting to see what Stalberg’s role is tonight.
3. The Kings no longer have their secret weapon in Jonathan Bernier to play against the Preds. After getting pulled, Quick will likely have to face a Predators team in a building where he hasn’t had much success in his career. However, Quick is 8-4-2 in his career with a 1.61 GAA and .939 save percentage in starts following getting pulled. Something will have to give tonight.
Projected starting goaltenders:
LA- Jonathan Quick (2013-14 stats: 3-3-0, 2.90 GAA)
NSH- Pekka Rinne (2013-14 stats: 3-3-0, 3.11 GAA)
Projected lineups from last game/practice:
|Los Angeles Kings|
|Dustin Brown||Anze Kopitar||Justin Williams|
|Dwight King||Mike Richards||Jeff Carter|
|Kyle Clifford||Jarret Stoll||Matt Frattin|
|Dan Carcillo||Trevor Lewis||Jordan Nolan|
|Robyn Regehr||Drew Doughty||Jonathan Quick|
|Willie Mitchell||Slava Voynov||Ben Scrivens|
|Alec Martinez||Matt Greene|
|Jake Muzzin||Keaton Ellerby|
|Colin Wilson||Mike Fisher||Patric Hornqvist|
|Gabriel Bourque||Matt Cullen||Craig Smith|
|Eric Nystrom||David Legwand||Filip Forsberg|
|Viktor Stalberg||Paul Gaustad||Matt Hendricks|
|Rich Clune||Nick Spaling|
|Seth Jones||Shea Weber||Pekka Rinne|
|Mattias Ekholm||Kevin Klein||Carter Hutton|
|Victor Bartley||Ryan Ellis|
|Roman Josi*||* – Injured|
*Lineups are subject to change
NSH- Roman Josi (concussion, out), Rich Clune (personal, out)
Numbers to know:
- This is the first meeting of the season between the Preds and Kings. The Preds won 2 of 3 meetings a season ago, including a 3-0 win at home on Feb. 7. Their next meeting will be Nov. 2 in Los Angeles.
- The Preds are 3-1-0 at home this season … Los Angeles is 3-2-0 on the road.
- All-time, the Preds are 10-14-3 at home vs. Los Angeles. The Kings have come away victorious in 4 of their last 6 trips to Nashville.
- Pekka Rinne is 7-6-0 with a 2.88 GAA and .890 save percentage in 13 career games vs. Los Angeles. His counterpart, Jonathan Quick, is 1-5-2 with a 2.85 GAA and .883 save percentage in 8 career games vs. Nashville.
- Shea Weber has 15 points in 24 career games vs. Los Angeles.
- Patric Hornqvist has 10 points in 15 career games vs. Los Angeles.
- Colin Wilson has 7 points in 13 career games vs. Los Angeles.
- Power play: Los Angeles (20.0%, 15th) … Nashville (22.2%, 12th)
- Penalty kill: Los Angeles (85.7%, 6th) … Nashville (71.4%, 28th)