NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, March 24th
(All times eastern)
Nashville Predators (42-20-8) at Los Angeles Kings (37-28-5), 10:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Los Angeles Kings will play their first game since the
firing of Andy Murray tonight, as they welcome the Nashville Predators to the
The Kings held first place in the Pacific Division for a sizeable portion of
the season, but then began to fade. Murray was axed Tuesday night and
John Torchetti was placed with the tag of interim head coach.
Murray compiled 215 wins during his five-plus season tenure in Los Angeles. He
led the Kings to three playoff berths and is the franchise's all-time leader
in both coaching victories and games coached, but things soured for the Kings
LA currently has 79 points and is one point behind Edmonton for the eighth and
final playoff berth in the Western Conference.
The team has dropped four of their last five contests and the last straw was
Monday's 5-0 home loss to the Colorado Avalanche. The Kings never were in the
contest as they fell behind 2-0 in the first period and didn't pose a serious
threat. Joe Corvo and Dustin Brown each totaled four shots on goal for the
LA, which is 22-12-1 as the host this year, wraps up a five-game homestand
Nashville, meanwhile, comes in on a sour note after dropping a 6-3 decision to
the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim on Friday at Arrowhead Pond. Steve Sullivan
recorded a goal and an assist for the Predators, who had a five-game winning
In the playoff scheme, Nashville seems like a lock for the fourth spot. The
team trails the Red Wings by 10 points (102-92) for first place in the Central
Division while owning an eight-point edge over the Ducks, who sit fifth in the
Tomas Vokoun and Chris Mason combined to allow six goals on 30 shots faced in
The Preds, who will wrap up a four-game road trip in Phoenix on Wednesday, are
15-14-7 away from home this season.
Nashville has won two of three from the Kings this season, but is just 2-6-1
in the last nine overall matchups. The Preds have also dropped three straight
and seven of their last eight in LA.
03/25 10:18:00 ET