The Nashville Predators can split a three-game California road trip with a win this afternoon against the Los Angeles Kings. The game, which begins at 3 p.m. CST, will be televised locally on FSN South and broadcast on WNSR-SportsRadio 560 AM.
The Predators, who are 8-2-2 this season, lost a 4-1 decision to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on Tuesday, Nov. 1, and gained one point in the standings in a 3-2 overtime loss to the San Jose Sharks the following night. A win in L.A. would give Nashville three of the six points available on the West Coast swing.
Los Angeles will be looking to get back on the winning track too, having been shut out by the Phoenix Coyotes 4-0 on Thursday night. Prior to that the Kings had won two straight, beating the St. Louis Blues 5-2 and the Dallas Stars 6-3. Los Angeles' record stands at 9-5-0 and the team is currently ranked one spot behind Nashville in the league standings--Nashville is sixth overall, L.A. is seventh.
Center Pavol Demitra, who ranks among the all-time scorers against Nashville from his time in St. Louis, signed with L.A. in the off-season and is currently second on the team in points with 8 goals and 9 assists in 14 games. He has accumulated 25 points (12 goals, 13 assists) in 30 games against the Predators. Defenseman Lubomir Visnovsky leads the Kings in scoring on the strength of a hat trick in his team's last win. He has accumulated 6 goals, 12 assists and a +5 rating in 14 games.
The Kings have traditionally been a tough opponent for Nashville, whose all-time record against L.A. stands at 6-13-3-2. The Predators have won the season series between the two teams once, taking three out of four games in the inaugural 1998-99 campaign. Most recently, the Preds went 0-3-1 vs. the Kings in 2003-04.
The Predators return to Nashville following today's matinee to prepare for a Tuesday night match against the Edmonton Oilers at the Gaylord Entertainment Center. That's the first of a four-game homestand in Nashville, during which the Predators will host the Dallas Stars on Thurs., Nov. 10, the St. Louis Blues on Saturday, Nov. 12 and the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, Nov. 15. In fact, nine of the next 12 Predators games will be played on home ice. Tickets, which start as low as $10, are still available for these upcoming home games, and can be purchased by calling (615) 770-PUCK, ordering online, or visiting any Ticketmaster outlet.
Regional radio affiliates carrying Saturday's game at Los Angeles:
WMLR 1230-AM (Hohenwald, TN)
WAKI 1230-AM (McMinnville, TN)