Game 10 Preview: Los Angeles vs Nashville - LA Kings Insider

Los Angeles Kings (6-3-0) vs Nashville Predators (7-1-1)
Saturday, October 31, 2015, 1:00 p.m. PT
Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA
Referees: #43 Tom Chmielewski, #3 Mike Leggo
Linesmen: #55 Shane Heyer, #58 Ryan Gibbons
FOX Sports West, KABC 790 AM, I Heart Radio

Nashville Predators v Los Angeles Kings

Los Angeles Projected Starting Goaltender – Jonathan Quick
2015-16: 8 GP (8 GS) / 5-3-0 record / 2.00 GAA / .928 Sv% / 1 SHO
Career vs Nashville: 12 (12) / 2-7-2 / 2.93 / .883 / 0
Last Game vs Nashville: 3/14/15 / 59 MP / 21-23 shots / 1-2 L
2015-16, Home: 6 (6) / 3-3-0 / 2.16 / .923 / 1

Nashville Projected Starting Goaltender – Pekka Rinne
2015-16: 8 GP (8 GS) / 6-1-1 record / 1.74 GAA / .934 Sv% / 1 SHO
Career vs Los Angeles: 17 (17) / 10-6-1 / 2.81 / .892 / 1
Last Game vs Los Angeles: 3/14/15 / 60 MP / 23-24 shots / 2-1 W
2015-16, Away: 3 (3) / 2-1-0 / 2.02 / .917 / 0

Nashville Predators v Anaheim Ducks

2015-16 Los Angeles Leaders
Total Points: Jeff Carter (3-6=9)
Goals: Tyler Toffoli (7-1=8)
Assists: Jeff Carter (3-6=9), Drew Doughty (0-6=6)
Plus/Minus: Tyler Toffoli (+5; 7-1=8)
Penalty Minutes: Andy Andreoff (27; 0-0=0)
Time On Ice: Drew Doughty (26:19; 0-6=6)
Corsi-For Percentage: Tanner Pearson (60.8%; 1-2=3)

2015-16 Nashville Leaders
Total Points: James Neal (6-3=9)
Goals: James Neal (6-3=9)
Assists: Mike Ribeiro (1-5=6)
Plus/Minus: James Neal (+5; 6-3=9), Colin Wilson (+5; 1-4=5), Barret Jackman (+5; 0-1=1)
Penalty Minutes: Barret Jackman (9; 0-1=1)
Time On Ice: Roman Josi (24:16; 2-4=6)
Corsi-For Percentage: Barret Jackman (56.3%; 0-1=1)

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Rankings and Statistics
Goals/Game: LAK – t-22 / 2.22; NSH – 12 / 2.78
Goals Against/Game: LAK – t-4 / 2.00; NSH – 2 / 1.89
Power Play: LAK – t-17 / 16.7%; NSH – 16 / 17.9%
Penalty Kill: LAK – 8 / 86.8%; NSH – 4 / 88.5%
Shots/Game: LAK – 9 / 30.7; NSH – 17 / 29.8
Shots Against/Game: LAK – 15 / 29.1; NSH – 8 / 28.0
Faceoffs: LAK – t-24 / 48.3%; NSH – 30 / 44.4%
Save Percentage: LAK – 6 / .931; NSH – 5 / .933
Corsi-For Percentage: LAK – 2 / 56.7%; NSH – 10 / 51.1%

Nashville Predators v Detroit Red Wings

Los Angeles Projected Lineup

Tanner Pearson – Anze Kopitar – Dustin Brown
Milan Lucic – Jeff Carter – Tyler Toffoli
Marian Gaborik – Nick Shore – Trevor Lewis
Kyle Clifford – Andy Andreoff – Jordan Nolan

Brayden McNabb – Drew Doughty
Jake Muzzin – Alec Martinez
Christian Ehrhoff – Jamie McBain

Jonathan Quick
Jhonas Enroth

Notes and milestones: Los Angeles is 29-24-8 all-time against Nashville, a record that includes a home mark of 14-14-3. The Kings are 4-5-2 in their last 11 games against the Predators and are winless in their last three home games in the series (0-2-1) and last five games overall (0-3-2). This is the only game between the teams that will be played at Staples Center this season. The two remaining games will take place at Bridgestone Arena on February 20 and March 21. Each of the last six games between the clubs has been decided by one goal, with the Predators winning five of those games. … Los Angeles is 5-3-0 against the Western Conference and 3-0-0 against the Central Division. In a stretch of four consecutive games against the Central Division, they are 1-0-0 (4-1 W @ WPG, 10/31 vs NSH, 11/2 @ CHI, 11/3 @ STL). … The Kings have won six games in a row. During the winning streak, they have led for 196:07, while their opponents have led for 8:27. They have allowed six goals over the six-game streak. The longest winning streak in club history is nine games, set from January 21, 2010 to February 6, 2010. … Over his last six games, Jonathan Quick is 5-1-0 with a 1.16 goals-against average, .958 save percentage and one shutout. … Tyler Toffoli is tied for second in the NHL in goals (seven) and game-winning goals (two). … He has seven goals in the last eight games (7-1=8). … Milan Lucic has points in four consecutive games (2-3=5). … Drew Doughty ranks fourth amongst league skaters with an average of 26:19 of ice time per game, though he has gone four consecutive games without cracking 25:30 of ice time. … Anze Kopitar ranks fifth amongst league forwards with an average of 20:53 of ice time per game, though he has gone four consecutive games without cracking 20:00 of ice time. … With 221 career goals, Anze Kopitar is one goal behind Charlie Simmer (222 goals) for seventh place on the franchise’s all-time list. … Jeff Carter is expected to play in his team-leading 150th consecutive game today, dating back to November 25, 2013. The franchise record for consecutive games played is 330, set by Anze Kopitar between March 21, 2007 and March 26, 2011. Carter has 13 goals and 22 points in 19 career games against Nashville.

Nashville Predators v Detroit Red Wings

Nashville Projected Lines

Filip Forsberg – Mike Fisher – James Neal
Colin Wilson – Mike Ribeiro – Craig Smith
Gabriel Bourque – Cody Hodgson – Calle Jarnkrok
Eric Nystrom – Paul Gaustad – Austin Watson

Roman Josi – Shea Weber
Barret Jackman – Seth Jones
Mattias Ekholm – Ryan Ellis

Pekka Rinne
Carter Hutton

Notes and milestones: Lines via DailyFaceoff.com … Nashville has a 7-0 goal differential in first periods and remains the only NHL team yet to surrender a first period goal. … The Predators are 4-2-2 all-time on Halloween. … This afternoon, Nashville will embark on the first of its 12 back-to-back sets this season as they face Anaheim tomorrow. The Predators were 7-1-3 on the first half of back-to-back sets last season. … Nashville was 6-1-1 in afternoon games last season and defeated Los Angeles, 7-6, in overtime, on an afternoon game at Staples Center on January 3, 2015. … The Predators are 7-1-1 to start the season, marking the second time in franchise history that the club has started with at least seven wins in their first nine games. The best start was recorded by the 2005-06 club, which opened the year with an 8-0-1 record. … Goaltender Pekka Rinne has allowed two goals or fewer in six of eight games. Against the Western Conference this season, Rinne is 3-0-0 with a 0.67 goals-against average and .975 save percentage. Nashville’s goaltenders have an NHL-leading 1.85 goals-against average on the season.

Nashville Predators v Detroit Red Wings

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Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

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Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left

Bio

As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

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Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right

Bio

Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

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Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.
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Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right

Bio

Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

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Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left

Bio

Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.

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