Predators @ Los Angeles Kings (Game 7): Preview

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The Nashville Predators return to California on their road trip, this time to Los Angeles to play against the reigning Stanley Cup Champions Kings. Currently Nashville is on a three game losing streak and would love to snap it Thursday night. For the Kings, they look to continue their win streak to three. Puck drops at 9:38 PM CT/7:38 PM PT at Staples Center.

TV/Radio Coverage

Nashville: Fox Sports Tennessee and 102.5 The Game

Los Angeles: Fox Sports West and KTLK 1150 AM

Season Series

No prior matchups this season.

Line Up News

Starting Goaltenders:

#30 Chris Mason 1 0 0 1.00 .967
#32 Jonathan Quick 2 2 1 2.75 .905

Projected Nashville Scratches: #7 D Jonathon Blum, #23 W Brian McGrattan and #27 W Patric Hornqvist (lower body injury; out)

Projected Los Angeles Scratches: #16 W Brad Richardson, #25 W Dustin Penner and #47 D Andrew Bodnarchuk

Projected Lines


#33 Colin Wilson #12 Mike Fisher #10 Martin Erat
#18 Brandon Yip #11 David Legwand #57 Gabriel Bourque
#15 Craig Smith #13 Nick Spaling #74 Sergei Kostitsyn
#16 Rich Clune #28 Paul Gaustad #24 Matt Halischuk
#6 Shea Weber #59 Roman Josi
#75 Hal Gill #8 Kevin Klein
#4 Ryan Ellis #22 Scott Hannan
#30 Chris Mason
#35 Pekka Rinne

Los Angeles

#23 Dustin Brown #11 Anze Kopitar #14 Justin Williams
#13 Kyle Clifford #10 Mike Richards #77 Jeff Carter
#74 Dwight King #28 Jarrett Stoll #22 Trevor Lewis
#12 Simon Gagne #24 Colin Fraser #71 Jordan Nolan
#7 Rob Scuderi #8 Drew Doughty
#26 Slava Voynov #27 Alec Martinez
#6 Jake Muzzin #44 Davis Drewiske
#32 Jonathan Quick
#45 Jonathan Bernier

Thoughts on Both Teams

Predators: Nashville needs to get their act together. Winning only one game so far has not done well for the confidence of this relatively inexperienced roster. Star goaltender Pekka Rinne has been playing well, but hasn't been doing enough to get his first win of the season. It might be time for head coach Barry Trotz to rest him and give backup Chris Mason his second shot of the season.

The offense just hasn't been there for the Predators. Turnovers in the breakout and in their defensive zone have killed momentum in each game they've participated in. Things are going to have to change for this team quickly before the real sprint to the playoffs begin.

Nashville will be without Patric Hornqvist with a leg injury suffered in Anaheim over the past weekend. Hornqvist is in Nashville receiving treatment.

Kings: As expected with most post-Stanley Cup victories, the team will start slow at the beginning of the season. It took four games before Los Angeles saw their first win of the season after doing better each game they played in. 

After losing to the Vancouver Canucks in a shootout in their last game, head coach Darryl Sutter will be switching up the lines. However, that hasn't been fully reported yet.

Los Angeles has overcome with a couple injuries as well. Matt Greene is out with a back injury and Willie Mitchell with a knee injury.

Los Angeles Kings Players to Watch:

Name GP G A
#77 Jeff Carter 5 3 0
#11 Anze Kopitar 4 2 1
#13 Kyle Clifford 5 1 4