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Predators at Kings preview

Los Angeles goes for fifth straight win at home; Nashville continues road trip

by Dan Greenspan / Correspondent

PREDATORS (6-5-2) at KINGS (10-2-1)

10:30 p.m. ET; FS-TN, FS-W, NHL.TV 


The Game 

The Los Angeles Kings will try to extend their home winning streak to five games when they host the Nashville Predators at Staples Center on Saturday.

Darcy Kuemper (2-0-0) will make his third start for the Kings, who matched their best start in franchise history through 13 games with a 5-3 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday. 

The Predators continue a four-game road trip and will try to win their second game in a row; they defeated the Anaheim Ducks 5-3 on Friday.

Scott Hartnell, who replaced Filip Forsberg on the top line against the Ducks, likely will remain there after scoring a goal on Friday.


Players to watch

Forsberg leads the Predators with eight goals and 13 points but does not have a point in his past three road games.

Kings center Adrian Kempe has six points (three goals, three assists) and is plus-7 in seven games since Jeff Carter was injured.


They said it

"We talk about discipline every night and we're the most penalized team right now, but to take four (on Friday against the Ducks), that's good. That keeps guys in the rhythm of the game and lightens the load on certain guys when it comes to penalty killing and playing heavy, hard minutes" -- Predators defenseman Matt Irwin

"Some teams have all lines look the same. Their lines are different as you move through the lineup. They got a real high-end line up top, then they got a couple speed-skill lines, then they got a big heavy line with (Cody) McLeod and (Austin) Watson" -- Kings coach John Stevens on the Predators forwards  

Predators projected lineup

Scott Hartnell -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson

Filip Forsberg -- Colton Sissons -- Craig Smith

Kevin Fiala -- Calle Jarnkrok -- Pontus Aberg

Cody McLeod -- Frederick Gaudreau -- Austin Watson

Roman Josi -- Mattias Ekholm

Alexei Emelin -- P.K. Subban

Matt Irwin -- Yannick Weber

Juuse Saros

Pekka Rinne

Scratched: Anthony Bitetto, Samuel Girard, Miikka Salomaki

Injured: Nick Bonino (lower body), Ryan Ellis (ankle)


Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Tanner Pearson -- Adrian Kempe -- Tyler Toffoli

Michael Cammalleri -- Nick Shore -- Trevor Lewis

Andy Andreoff -- Brooks Laich -- Michael Amadio

Derek Forbort -- Drew Doughty

Jake Muzzin -- Alec Martinez

Kurtis MacDermind -- Oscar Fantenberg

Darcy Kuemper

Jonathan Quick 

Scratched: Nic Dowd, Christian Folin

Injured: Jeff Carter (ankle), Kyle Clifford (upper body), Marian Gaborik (knee)


Status report

Fantenberg played 8:32 and was plus-2 against the Maple Leafs, after missing two games with back spasms. … Gaborik skated for 30 minutes before the Kings practiced on Saturday.  


Stat pack

The Predators have allowed four power-play goals in 44 opportunities on the road. The Kings have scored seven power-play goals in 23 chances at home.

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