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Nashville's Forsberg aims to extend goal streak to five in home opener for Los Angeles

by Dan Greenspan / NHL.com Independent Correspondent

PREDATORS (3-1-0) at KINGS (1-2-0)

6 p.m. ET; FS-W, FS-TN, NHL.TV

 

The Game

Filip Forsberg will try to extend his goal streak to start the season to five games when the Nashville Predators play the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Saturday.

It is the Kings' home opener and the first road game for the Predators, who began the season on a four-game homestand.

Forsberg set a Nashville record when he scored in his fourth straight game to start the season, a 6-5 win against the Washington Capitals on Thursday. The forward, who will be playing his 400th NHL game, has six points (four goals, two assists).

The Kings lost 8-2 at the Vancouver Canucks on Wednesday in the last of a three-game road trip. Jonathan Quick allowed an NHL career-worst eight goals on 25 shots.

Los Angeles, entering its 20th season at Staples Center, is 1-3-1 in its past five home openers.

 

Players to watch

Predators center Matt Duchene has one goal and seven assists during a four-game point streak, setting the record for most points by a player in his first four games with Nashville. Paul Kariya had six points (four goals, two assists) in 2005-06.

Kings center Anze Kopitar has one goal and four assists during a three-game point streak to start the season.

 

They said it

"He's off to an unbelievable start, but it feels like we can roll every line and every line is dangerous and creates something. He's a huge part of it." -- Predators defenseman Roman Josi on center Matt Duchene

"If they gave a fourth assist, we'd have the leading scorers in the League right now." -- Kings coach Todd McLellan on turnovers

 

Predators projected lineup

Calle Jarnkrok -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson

Filip Forsberg -- Matt Duchene -- Mikael Granlund

Colton Sissons -- Nick Bonino -- Austin Watson

Daniel Carr -- Kyle Turris -- Craig Smith

Roman Josi -- Ryan Ellis

Mattias Ekholm -- Dante Fabbro

Dan Hamhuis -- Yannick Weber

Pekka Rinne

Juuse Saros

Scratched: Matt Irwin

Injured: Rocco Grimaldi (lower body)

 

Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Kyle Clifford -- Jeff Carter -- Austin Wagner

Carl Grundstrom -- Adrian Kempe -- Tyler Toffoli

Ilya Kovalchuk -- Michael Amadio -- Trevor Lewis

Tobias Bjornfot -- Drew Doughty

Alec Martinez -- Matt Roy

Ben Hutton -- Sean Walker

Jonathan Quick

Jack Campbell

Scratched: Joakim Ryan, Blake Lizotte

Injured: Kurtis MacDermid (undisclosed), Derek Forbort (back)

 

Status report

MacDermid, who did not practice Friday, is day to day, general manager Rob Blake said. ... Grimaldi practiced Friday but is expected to be out for the second straight game.

 

Stat pack

Jarnkrok will be playing his 400th NHL game. ... Johansen has two goals and three assists during a four-game point streak. ... Toffoli has 19 points (11 goals, eight assists) in 26 games against the Predators.

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