There must be something about the Nashville Predators that brings out the best in Jordan Nolan’s passing skills. Less than two weeks ago, in Nashville, Nolan showed poise in the offensive zone when he waited to make a pass, then found Drew Doughty for a huge go-ahead goal in the second period. Then, last night, with the Kings already holding a 3-1 lead, Nolan contributed to the game-clinching goal. This time, he took a pass from Doughty in the defensive zone, held the puck with poise for a moment and looked up the ice. Nolan spotted Kyle Cliford, then fed a perfect long pass onto Clifford’s stick. Clifford finished with a nice backhand move from close range. Nolan, at his best, can utilize both his size and a developing set of hands, a combination that could keep him in the NHL for a while if he keeps it up. Darryl Sutter liked the play.
SUTTER: “It was a good play. We’ve talked to Jordan about making those plays. He can make really good delayed plays. Sometimes he’s trying to play safe while he’s there, but if you can make a high-percentage play like he did — and we talked about using our speed — I think that was evident in the third period.’’