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GDT: Nashville Predators @ Los Angeles Kings 03/17/2012


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Posted 17 March 2012 - 08:45 AM

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Posted 17 March 2012 - 04:05 PM

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KINGS (34-25-12):

After struggling all season to put the puck in the net, the Kings' offense has come alive in the last couple of weeks. L.A. fired home three first-period goals Friday night in Anaheim and outshot the Ducks 43-20 on the way to a 4-2 win.

"(This is ) probably the most consistent in terms of getting offense every night and getting good goaltending," said defenseman Matt Greene, who had two assists. "Everything has kind of come together lately, but it's still a long way to go. It's hasn't been too long. It's been a few games."



PREDATORS (41-21-8):

Nashville is 1-0-1 on its four-game trip after earning a point in a 2-1 shootout loss at San Jose on Thursday. The Preds had to settle for a single point despite leading 1-0 after two periods -- Joe Thornton tied the game with a power-play goal early in the third period before Ryane Clowe scored the only goal in the shootout.

Goaltender Pekka Rinne was the biggest reason the Predators didn't go home empty-handed.

"He played so well, you want to get the extra point," coach Barry Trotz said of his All-Star goaltender. "We'll take a point on the road and go from there."


Who's Hot?

Nashville's Martin Erat has 11 points in his last 11 games and has been a point-a-game player in the Predators' 30 games since Jan. 7. … L.A.'s Anze Kopitar has goals in back-to-back games and has five points in his last five games. Justin Williams has had a goal and an assist in each of the Kings' last two games.

Injury Report

Nashville center Paul Gaustad left Thursday's game with a wrist injury and isn't expected to play. Defenseman Kevin Klein (upper body) sat out his eighth straight game on Thursday but says he's ready to return. … The Kings are still without forwards Simon Gagne (concussion) and Kevin Westgarth (hand); Scott Parse (hip) is out for the season.

Statistics

Both Kostitsyn brothers have done well against the Kings. Sergei has two goals and eight points in eight career games against the Kings, while Andrei has four goals and eight points in seven games -- including multiple-point games in two games played this season - one with Nashville and one with Montreal. … Erat has reached 50 points for the fifth time in six seasons; no other player in Nashville history has more than three 50-point seasons. … Nashville is 4-2-0 all-time on St. Patrick's Day.

Puck Drop

The Kings are finally showing the kind of desperation they've been looking for during much of the season. Of course, scoring a few more goals doesn't hurt.

"Right now, it's desperation time for us, obviously," Kopitar said. "I thought tonight we came out really strong. The first period we had was a good booster for us. When you do get a couple goals ahead, it's maybe a little easier to play the rest of the game. It's definitely easier than chasing from behind."

Season Series

It's the finale of the four-game season series. The Kings have won two of the first three, all of which have been decided by one goal. L.A. won 5-4 in Nashville 11 days ago after the teams split the first two games.

THE BIG STORY

The Predators are basically playing for playoff position -- it would be a shock if they missed the top eight in the West. The Kings are battling for their playoff lives; L.A. is one of three teams tied with 80 points, one behind seventh-place Phoenix and eighth-place Colorado.


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Posted 17 March 2012 - 07:30 PM

This is the fourth and final meeting of the season between the Kings and the Nashville Predators. It follows the Kings’ 4-3 win in Los Angeles on Nov. 8, the Predators’ 2-1 win in Nashville on Feb. 27 and the Kings’ 5-4 win in Nashville on March 6. All of those games, of course, were [...]

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 01:23 AM

Darryl Sutter’s postgame thoughts… (on keeping pace in the playoff race…) SUTTER: “Just keeping pace, that’s it. It’s too bad we can’t gain any ground. As I’ve said, you just take care of business as much as you can.’’ (on getting balanced scoring…) SUTTER: “It’s important. We played last night, and it’s mentally hard on [...]

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 01:06 AM

Jonathan Bernier’s postgame thoughts… (on improving to 6-1 vs. Nashville…) BERNIER: “It just seems like I’ve got their number. You’ve always got those teams where you feel good, and those teams that you feel bad. I obviously feel great when I play against Nashville.’’ (on the game…) BERNIER: “We didn’t quit, and that’s the biggest [...]

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 12:52 AM

Trevor Lewis’ postgame thoughts… (on the game…) LEWIS: “We’ve been playing really well. It’s playoff hockey for us already, so we’ve just got to keep it going here.’’ (on the chemistry on his line…) LEWIS: “We’ve been playing together for a little while now, and we’ve been talking about plays we can make, and using [...]

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 12:39 AM

Dustin Penner’s postgame thoughts… (on his goal…) PENNER: “Before the faceoff, before the TV timeout, we initially called a rim to the weak side. Stolly changed it at the last second and said, `Up the wall.’ He won the draw straight back, and it was kind of a chip play to Lewie, and Lewie made [...]

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 07:49 AM

With three weeks to go in the regular season, the surging Los Angeles Kings have their eyes squarely set on a playoff berth. And, they're gaining momentum at just the right time in the tightly packed Western Conference race.

Dustin Penner sparked a three-goal third-period blitz that broke open a tie game and carried the Kings to a 4-2 victory over the Nashville Predators on Saturday night, extending their winning streak to four games in the opener of a four-game homestand.

Penner, Dwight King and Kyle Clifford all found the net during a span of 8 minutes, 15 seconds against Pekka Rinne, who was trying to become the first goalie this season to reach the 40-win mark and the first in Predators history.


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1st: TREVOR LEWIS
2nd: JONATHAN BERNIER
3rd: DUSTIN PENNER
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Posted 19 March 2012 - 09:58 AM

Postgame notes (March 17)

– The Kings matched their season-best winning streak, at four games, as they beat the Nashville Predators 4-2 on Saturday night at Staples Center.

– The Kings finished the season series against Nashville with a 3-1-0 record.

– In the 11 games since the Jeff Carter trade, the Kings have scored a total of 37 goals, and have reached the four-goal mark seven times. The Kings have a 18-0-2 record this season when they score at least four goals, and a 23-1-2 record when they score at least three goals.


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