The Nashville Predators will look to get back in the win column tonight as their California trip continues in Los Angeles. It's the third and final meeting of the season between the two clubs with the Preds looking to go for the season sweep over the Kings.
Nashville almost came back on Tuesday night in Anaheim, but they ultimately fell to the Ducks by a 3-2 final. Filip Forsberg scored twice on the power play late in the third period, and the comeback was almost completed with a feverish final few minutes, but it wasn't enough to salvage any points.
Following the game in Anaheim, Preds goaltender Pekka Rinne addressed the state of the club with 11 games now remaining in the regular season.
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"You don't want to get too down, but even though you're disappointed tonight, it's still a very exciting time of the year," Rinne said. "I feel like we still have everything in our own hands, and we're still in a good spot, but we've been saying that all season long, and I feel like we're a little bit lucky to be in this situation, too. There's been teams losing at the same time when we are losing, and it's been helping us, but the bottom line is that we have to be better."
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Last Time Out:
Mikael Granlund assisted on both of Forsberg's goals on Tuesday night against the Ducks, while Pekka Rinne took the loss in net.
Ryan Johansen continues to lead the club with 56 points, followed by Roman Josi with 55 points and Forsberg with 43. Viktor Arvidsson has 28 goals on the campaign, Forsberg has 24 and Craig Smith has 18.
The Kings last played on Sunday, a 3-2 win over Anaheim, but lost their previous three before that outing and sit on the outside of the playoff picture. Anze Kopitar leads the club with 19 goals and 48 points, followed by Dustin Brown and Drew Doughty with 39 points apiece. Jonathan Quick is 13-19-6 in net on the season; Jack Campbell is 7-12-1.
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The Predators are 35-26-(3)-8 all-time against the Kings, including a 19-11-(0)-6 record at the Staples Center. Overall, the Preds have only lost once in regulation to the Kings in their last 17 meetings (10-1-6), with Nashville currently on a five-game win streak.
The Preds have picked up a point in each of their last eight road games vs. the Kings (5-0-3).
Former Preds goaltender and current TV analyst Chris Mason made 33 saves in his first NHL shutout as Nashville and Los Angeles played to the first scoreless tie at Bridgestone Arena on Jan. 13, 2004.
Notables Versus Los Angeles:
Calle Jarnkrok notched his first career hat trick on Nov. 17, 2018 versus Los Angeles.
Roman Josi is Nashville's active points leader against Los Angeles with 15 points (5g-10a) in 21 career games versus the Kings, including two consecutive multi-point efforts.
Craig Smith has 10 points (6g-4a) in 23 games against the Kings, including two goals in his last four contests, and Filip Forsberg has four points (1g-3a) in his last four meetings with Los Angeles, and eight points (2g-6a) in 15 career games versus the Kings.
Video: Josi discusses state of the Preds
Watch & Listen:
Coverage for tonight's contest in Los Angeles begins with Predators Live on Fox Sports Tennessee at 9 p.m. (CT). Willy Daunic, Chris Mason and Lyndsay Rowley have the call on the television side, while Pete Weber and Hal Gill will broadcast on 102.5 The Game and the Predators Radio Network. For broadcast information and channel locations throughout the country, click here.
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