National Hockey League
Preview
Los Angeles at Nashville
When: 8:00 PM ET, Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Where: Bridgestone Arena, Nashville, Tennessee

There are several reasons why the Nashville Predators have emerged as one of the top teams in the Western Conference and rookie forward Filip Forsberg is near the head of the class. The 20-year-old Forsberg has posted 14 points in 10 games this month and looks to add to that when the Predators host the defending Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday. Nashville is 7-3-0 in November after Saturday’s 3-2 shootout win over Florida and the Kings are 5-2-2 over their last nine contests.

Forsberg was acquired from the Washington Capitals for aging forward Martin Erat and center Michael Latta less than a year after he went 11th overall in the 2012 draft. The Swede boasts nine goals, 13 assists and an NHL-leading plus-20 rating as he prepares for a battle between two of the league’s top five teams in scoring defense. The Kings should be extra focused on defense after losing 5-4 at Dallas on Saturday.

TV: 8 p.m. ET, SNET, FSN West (Los Angeles), FSN Tennessee (Nashville)

ABOUT THE KINGS (11-6-4): Los Angeles has suffered a bit defensively of late with top-six blue-liners Slava Voynov (suspension) and Alec Martinez (finger surgery) out of the lineup, giving up 18 goals in the last six games. Goalie Jonathan Quick has solid numbers overall with a .932 save percentage despite the Kings facing 5.6 more shots per game than last season. Tyler Toffoli leads the team in scoring (18 points) and fellow 22-year-old Tanner Pearson paces Los Angeles in goals with nine.

ABOUT THE PREDATORS (13-5-2): Pekka Rinne continues to regain his form after two seasons plagued with injury and illness, going 7-1-0 in November while surrendering 15 goals combined. Center Mike Ribeiro is also putting together a solid comeback season, posting seven points in the last seven games with a plus-7 rating during that span. Captain Shea Weber boasts five points in the last four games while fellow blue-liner Roman Josi is among the league leaders with 51 blocked shots.

OVERTIME

1. The Predators are the least penalized team in the league at just over seven minutes per game and the Kings are near the bottom while averaging 13.

2. Los Angeles has recorded seven power-play goals in 17 opportunities over the last four games.

3. Nashville is one of only two teams in the league with one or fewer regulation losses at home (7-1-1) – joining Minnesota (7-1-0).

PREDICTION: Kings 3, Predators 2
Stats and Records
Team Comparison
  W/L Strk Home Away Day Night Div
Los Angeles 11-6-2-2 L1 10-2-0-1 1-4-2-1 3-1-0-0 8-5-2-2 3-1-1-1
Nashville 13-5-1-1 W1 7-1-0-1 6-4-1-0 0-0-0-0 13-5-1-1 6-2-1-0
Last Meeting
Los Angeles Nashville
Date Away Home Shots Saves PP Shots Saves PP
12/28/13 LA 2 NAS 3 28 28 1-2 31 26 1-5
Player Stats
Previous Matchup
Total Points Player  
Los Angeles A. Kopitar 2
Nashville M. Fisher 3
Goals Player  
Los Angeles J. Carter 1
Nashville M. Fisher 2
Assists Player  
Los Angeles D. Doughty 1
Nashville S. Jones 2
Saves Player  
Los Angeles B. Scrivens 28
Nashville M. Mazanec 26
Season
Total Points Player  
Los Angeles T. Toffoli 27
Nashville F. Forsberg 24
Goals Player  
Los Angeles T. Toffoli 12
Nashville F. Forsberg 11
Assists Player  
Los Angeles T. Toffoli 15
Nashville M. Ribeiro 14
Saves Player  
Los Angeles J. Quick 607
Nashville P. Rinne 517
Quickchart Matchup
Los Angeles Off vs  Nashville Def
2.67 GF
2.05 GA
30.8 Shots
27.7 Shots
13 PP
13 PK
Nashville Off vs  Los Angeles Def
2.75 GF
2.24 GA
30.9 Shots
31.8 Shots
9 PP
14 PK