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Kings looking for seventh straight win vs. Predators

by Brian Hunter

PREDATORS (7-1-1) at KINGS (6-3-0)


Season series: The Nashville Predators swept three games from the Los Angeles Kings last season. They all were decided by one goal, with one ending in overtime, on a goal by defenseman Roman Josi, and one in a shootout, with the game-deciding goal scored by forward James Neal.

Predators team scope: Nashville continues the California portion of a four-game road trip with a back-to-back set that continues Sunday against the Anaheim Ducks. Goalie Carter Hutton, who made 38 saves and defeated the Ottawa Senators in a shootout Oct. 17 in his only game, could be in line to start one of the games. Goalie Pekka Rinne is making a case for all the ice time he can get, however; entering games Friday, Rinne was tied for second in the NHL with six wins, and tied for first among goalies with at least 250 minutes of ice time with a 1.74 goals-against average. There were no apparent changes in the Predators lines at practice Friday, according to The Tennessean. Defenseman Barret Jackman said a 2-1 win against the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday was a good sign. "You want to have success on the road and that first game is usually an indication of how you're going to come out of the gates and how you're going to play the rest of the trip," he said.

Kings team scope: Los Angeles aims for its seventh consecutive win after starting the season with three straight losses. Jonathan Quick was the first goalie off the ice Friday and is expected to start. Coach Darryl Sutter shuffled his lines and reunited forward Tanner Pearson with Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar. "You guys know how it goes," Pearson told "If you're not up to par he's going to switch something up. That's what kind of happened. I played with the kind of guy I played with before, so it wasn't really a big change." Defenseman Matt Greene, who has missed the entirety of the win streak because of an upper-body injury, practiced and said he is close to being 100 percent.

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