PREDATORS (18-15-6) at KINGS (17-21-4)
10:30 p.m. ET; FS-W, FS-TN, NHL.TV
The Nashville Predators will try to end a three-game losing streak when they face the Los Angeles Kings at Staples Center on Saturday.
Nashville, which has been outscored 15-8 in its past three games, will try to avoid tying its longest losing streak this season (Nov. 12-21).
It is the first game for the Predators since they were defeated 4-2 by the Dallas Stars in the 2020 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic at Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas on Wednesday, their third straight defeat following a five-game point streak (4-0-1).
Kings defenseman Alec Martinez will return after missing 18 games with a wrist injury sustained against the San Jose Sharks on Nov. 25. Los Angeles, which defeated the Philadelphia Flyers 5-3 on Tuesday, is 2-3-1 in its past six games.
Players to watch
Predators defenseman Roman Josi has 15 points (seven goals, eight assists) during an eight-game point streak.
Kings forward Alex Iafallo, who has six points (two goals, four assists) during a five-game point streak, will play his 200th NHL game.
They said it
"Obviously it was a big game, and it was a special game, but, yeah, we got to move on. We're halfway through the season so we got to be focused on the next two games." -- Predators defenseman Roman Josi on the team playing for the first time since the Winter Classic
"We haven't had that much practice time in the month of December, we're on the road a lot, so it's nice to get back here and get back into practice mode for a little bit before the games. And I think it's going to be really helpful for us." -- Kings center Michael Amadio on holding three full practices this week
Predators projected lineup
Filip Forsberg -- Ryan Johansen -- Viktor Arvidsson
Mikael Granlund -- Kyle Turris -- Matt Duchene
Rocco Grimaldi -- Nick Bonino -- Craig Smith
Calle Jarnkrok -- Colin Blackwell -- Austin Watson
Roman Josi -- Yannick Weber
Mattias Ekholm -- Dante Fabbro
Dan Hamhuis -- Matt Irwin
Scratched: Jarred Tinordi, Yakov Trenin, Alexandre Carrier
Injured: Ryan Ellis (upper body), Colton Sissons (lower body)
Kings projected lineup
Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Tyler Toffoli
Adrian Kempe -- Blake Lizotte -- Austin Wagner
Martin Frk -- Jeff Carter -- Nikolai Prokhorkin
Kyle Clifford -- Michael Amadio -- Matt Luff
Sean Walker -- Drew Doughty
Alec Martinez -- Kale Clague
Ben Hutton -- Matt Roy
Injured: Dustin Brown (illness), Joakim Ryan (undisclosed), Trevor Lewis (upper body), Derek Forbort (back)
Suspended: Kurtis MacDermid
Ellis was placed on injured reserve Friday. He left the Winter Classic in the first period after being elbowed in the head by Stars forward Corey Perry. … Carrier was recalled from Milwaukee of the American Hockey League on Friday. … MacDermid will serve the first game of a two-game suspension for an illegal check to the head of Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov on Thursday. … Brown, who will miss his fourth straight game because of pneumonia, has resumed practicing.
Josi has seven assists in his past four games. … Kopitar has four points (one goal, three assists) in his past two games. … Toffoli has scored in consecutive games.