Mar 15, 2011; Nashville, TN, USA; Nashville Predators right wing Matt Halischuk (24) battles Los Angeles Kings left wing Alexei Ponikarovsky (27) for the puck during the second period at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory credit: Grant Halverson-USA TODAY Sports

Los Angeles Kings @ Nashville Predators Preview

Previewing the Los Angeles Kings’ 2012-13 season:

 Game 9 @ Nashville, February 7, 2013, 5pm PST (8pm EST)

Last Thursday, these two teams played in a marathon shootout at Staples Center with the road team winning. Tonight, the Los Angeles Kings and Nashville Predators meet in the Music Cityfor their second of three meetings this season.

Mar 17, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings defenseman Alec Martinez (right) checks Nashville Predators right wing Patric Hornqvist into the boards in the first period at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

At 4-2-3, the Predators return home on a high having won three-straight and hoping to bookend that streak with a pair of wins against the reigning champs. Martin Erat leads the way for the Preds with seven points, followed by Colin Wilson with five and Brandon Yip, who scored the lone regulation goal against the Kings last Thursday, enters tonight’s contest with two goals and two assists.

The Kings, however, are coming off a win in Columbus and hope to continue the trend. After becoming the last team in the league this season to score a power play goal, the Kings have since turned a corner in the special teams department as they have scored on the man-advantage at least once in each of their last four games. Their offense overall has stepped it up a notch scoring eight goals over their last two games.

Before Monday night’s game in Columbus, captain Dustin Brown had three goals in his last two games, Anze Kopitar found his way back on the scoresheet scoring last game and Mike Richards even picked up his first of the year against the Blue Jackets. Little by little, the Kings are starting to come alive and they hope Nashville’s just the place to pick up their fourth win of the season.

In goal, while it hasn’t been announced yet, it may be wise to start Jonathan Bernier for Los Angeles given his past success against the Predators. While Jonathan Quick played during the last meeting in addition to playing very well in Columbus, tonight might be his night to ride the bench in favour of his backup. But we’ll have to see what happens.

The 3-3-2 Kings enter tonight’s contest looking to leave tread marks all over Bridgestone Arena as they hope to continue their road swing on a positive note.

Enjoy the game!

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