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NHL Preview: Los Angeles Kings (22-16-10) at Nashville Predators (26-23-2)

LOS ANGELES KINGS NOTES:

WARM-UPS

1) Jaret Anderson-Dolan tallied his first goal of the season on Sunday afternoon in St. Louis which also marked the first shorthanded tally of his career.

2) Drew Doughty’s 13.4% shooting percentage (S%) places fourth among all defensemen in the league (min. GP: 40).

3) Alex Laferriere netted his ninth assist of the season Sunday night against the Blues, extending his assist and point streak to a career-best three games (0-3=3). Laferriere is the ninth Kings skater in the last 10 years to record an assist streak of three or more games in their rookie season, and the first third-round selection to do so in their rookie season since František Kaberle (76th overall, 1999) in the 1999-00 campaign (3GP, 0-4=4).

4) The Kings have scored eight shorthanded goals (SHG) so far this season, the fifth-most in the league by any team. It is the seventh time in franchise history the team has scored as many SHG within first 47 games to start a season, and the first since the 2005-06 campaign (8 SHG in 47 GP).

vs. NASHVILLE ALL-TIME:

All-Time Record: 37-35-3-7

Home: 19-19-0-5

Away: 18-16-3-2 OT: 9-6 (3 ties)

Shootout: 3-3

2022-23: 1-1-1

2023-24: 0-1-0

LAST MEETING vs. NASHVILLE:

Jan. 18, 2024 – LAK 1 vs. NSH 2 Venue: Crypto.com Arena

LAK Goals: Doughty (10) NSH Goals: O’Reilly (17), Nyquist (12)

Goalies: LAK: Rittich (L; 31 saves, 33 shots) NSH: Saros (W; 33 saves, 34 shots)

PP: 1-5

PK: 2-3

INJURY & MGL REPORT

Player, Status (Consecutive Games Missed, Total Games Missed, Dates)

F Viktor Arvidsson, 47 games, Oct. 11 – Pres.

G Pheonix Copley, 21 games, Dec. 19 – Pres.

F Blake Lizotte, 13 games, Nov. 20 – Dec. 5; Jan. 16 – Pres.

D Vladislav Gavrikov, 5 games, Dec. 13 – Dec. 23

D Tobias Bjornfot, 3 games, Nov. 24 – Nov. 29

NASHVILLE PREDATORS NOTES:

ALL-TIME vs. LOS ANGELES

OVERALL (82 GP) 42-28-(3)-9

HOME (39 GP) 18-15-(3)-3

ROAD (43 GP) 24-13-(0)-6

LAST MEETING Jan. 18, 2024 at LAK (W, 2-1)

PLAYOFFS Never Met

− The Predators are 42-28-(3)-9 all-time against the Kings, including an 18-15-(3)-3 record at Bridgestone Arena. − This is the second of three matchups between Nashville and Los Angeles in 2023-24; it is the first and only at home. − Nashville is 1-0-0 against Los Angeles this season, earning a 2-1 win at Crypto.com Arena on Jan. 18. − The Predators are 3-1-1 in their last five games against the Kings; they are 7-2-1 in their last 10; and 4-0-1 in their last five at Bridgestone Arena. − Overall, the Predators have lost only three times in regulation to the Kings in their last 27 meetings (17-3-7), with Nashville having won 12 of 15. − Nashville enters Wednesday’s contest on a six-game home point streak against Los Angeles (5-0-1). − Predators 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 vs. LOS ANGELES

− Roman Josi has tallied 26 points (5g-21a) in 31 career games vs. the Kings, including 15 points (1g-14a) in his last 12 meetings against Los Angeles. He posted three assists in the Jan. 21, 2023 meeting between the two teams. − Filip Forsberg has eight points (3g-5a) in his last 13 contests against Los Angeles, and 12 points (4g-8a) in 24 career games vs. the Kings. He matched his career high for shots in a game with nine on Oct. 12, 2019 at Los Angeles. − Tommy Novak made his NHL debut on Oct. 19, 2021 vs. Los Angeles. − Luke Schenn played in 43 games for Los Angeles during the 2015-16 season, recording 11 points (2g-9a). − Predators Defense Development Coach Rob Scuderi won the 2012 Stanley Cup as a member of the Kings. − Kings forward Viktor Arvidsson played in 387 games for Nashville from 2014-21, tallying 241 points (128g-113a). − Kings forward Kevin Fiala recorded 97 points (45g-52a) in 204 games with the Predators from 2015-19. − Los Angeles goaltender David Rittich played in 17 games for Nashville in 2021-22, going 6-3-4.

SINCE MID-NOVEMBER

− The Predators are 21-12-2 in their last 35 games. Since Nov. 18, the Predators are sixth in the NHL in points with 44 (21-12- 2). − Nashville recorded a six-game win streak from Nov. 18-28. It was Nashville’s first six-game win streak since claiming seven in a row from Dec. 4-17, 2021. The franchise record is 10 games, set from Feb. 19-March 8, 2018; the Predators also won eight in a row from Oct. 5-25, 2005. − The Predators are 11-4-2 away from home since Nov. 24, the second-most road points in the NHL in that span (24).

QUICK HITS

− Nashville’s forward line of Forsberg-O’Reilly-Nyquist is tied for ninth in the NHL in expected goal percentage (at least 320 minutes together at 5-on-5) at 54.4 percent per MoneyPuck.com. − The Predators have three defensive pairs (who have spent at least 195 minutes together at 5-on-5) in the Top 40 in expected goals percentage, per MoneyPuck.com: McDonagh-Carrier (fourth, 59.2 percent); Josi-Fabbro (tied for 36th, 53.8 percent); and Josi-McDonagh (tied for 39th, 53.3 percent). − The Predators are tied for 14th in the NHL in power-play goals with 33. Nashville has scored multiple power-play goals in the same game six times this season; the Predators did so nine times in 2022-23. − Ten players 25-years-old or younger have played in a game for Nashville in 2023-24: Yaroslav Askarov, Marc Del Gaizo, Luke Evangelista, Dante Fabbro, Samuel Fagemo, Liam Foudy, Cody Glass, Juuso Parssinen, Spencer Stastney and Philip Tomasino. − Nashville leads the NHL in hits per 60 minutes (23.01) and hits (1,158). − The Predators have scored the first goal of a game 26 times (18-7-1), tied for the seventh-most in the NHL. − Nashville’s 13 wins in one-goal games are tied for the third-most in the NHL.

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