Preview: Game Day #68, Predators @ Kings
The first game in the Neža era. (Congrats, Kopitar family!)
Nashville Predators @ Los Angeles Kings (Staples Center)
Time: 7:00 PM
TV: Fox Sports West
Enemy Reading: On the Forecheck
Injured: Nystrom; Scratched: Jarnkrok, Bartley, Volchenkov
Los Angeles Kings
Scratched: McBain; Injured: Martinez, Stoll, Pearson; Suspended: Voynov
- Anze Kopitar's daughter, Neža, was born today! Kopitar is still expected to play in tonight's game. Well-timed homestand, eh?
- And yeah, it's only two games, but I guess that fits the formal definition of a homestand. The Kings are earning 70% of the possible points in home games this season, but only 59% of the possible points in road games this season.
- In contrast, Jarret Stoll is expected to MISS tonight's contest with an upper-body injury. A lot of observers have raised the below hit from Derek Dorsett as a likely culprit, though Stoll returned after the hit.
Questions swirl around this Derek Dorsett hit on Jarret Stoll. Was it a head shot? http://t.co/AHXg1R7U2R— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) March 13, 2015
- That means, once again, Andy Andreoff has a chance to earn his first NHL point.
- Nashville has lost seven out of eight, dropping them all the way to... tied for first in the Central Division and tied for second in the West. They were really, really good for a while.
- The Predators' only win since February 24 was over the Arizona Coyotes, so that's the rut they're in. Pekka Rinne, who's in goal tonight, has a .920 save percentage in March, so you can't blame him. The Preds DID play well on Thursday against San Jose, but Antti Niemi outdueled Rinne in the 2-0 Sharks victory.
- PREDICTION: Kopitar does something awesome. But since that happens almost every game...
- ACTUAL PREDICTION: Kopitar scores for the second straight game.