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NHL Preview from The Sports Network



Saturday, December 28th (All times Eastern)

Los Angeles Kings (25-9-4) at Nashville Predators (16-18-4), 8 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Kings start up a four-game road trip on Saturday night looking to avoid just their third loss of the month as they visit the Nashville Predators.

The Kings had a three-game winning streak halted with Monday's 5-2 setback to the Dallas Stars. It marked just Los Angeles' second defeat in 11 games in December and the first of Martin Jones' NHL career.

Jones went into the contest 8-0-0 with a 0.98 goals against average, tying Bob Froese's NHL mark for consecutive games won to start a career.

The 23-year-old had not allowed more than two goals in any of his first eight starts, but gave up scores on the first two shots he faced Monday and yielded four in all on 23 shots.

"You can't spot them two goals early. It's pretty tough to win that way," said Jones, who failed to match Ray Emery's record of nine straight winning decisions to start a career done with Ottawa from 2002-03 to 2005-06 in 12 games.

Justin Williams and Jarret Stoll were the goal scorers for the Kings.

Los Angeles, which gave up a first-period goal for only the second time in the past 23 games, could have captain Dustin Brown back tonight after the forward sat out Monday's game due to illness.

The Predators hope to avoid what would be a season-high sixth straight loss tonight after falling to 0-4-1 in their last five with Friday night's 4-1 setback to the Dallas Stars.

Kevin Klein had the lone Preds goal, the defenseman's first of the season, and Carter Hutton yielded all four goals on 34 shots faced.

"We've been giving up a lot of early goals and tonight I can't blame the goaltender. Carter was pretty decent and our goaltending was adequate tonight," said Nashville head coach Barry Trotz. "We needed some guys to snipe. We had (Stars goaltender Kari) Lehtonen down a couple of times and they didn't snipe."

Nashville also went 0-4-1 from Nov. 28-Dec. 7, then won three in a row before its current slump.

Hutton fell to 7-6-2 with a 3.07 GAA and .901 save percentage in 19 games (15 starts) this season and Trotz could go with Marek Mazanec tonight in the back end of games on consecutive nights. Mazanec, who has never faced the Kings, is 5-8-1 with a 2.73 GAA in 17 games this season, including 14 starts.

The Predators and Kings have split two meetings so far this season, with each team winning on the road. Los Angeles recorded a 2-1 shootout decision on Oct. 17, its fifth victory in the last seven trips to Nashville.

12/28 10:31:02 ET

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Standings

2013 - 2014 NHL Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
p-Boston 54 19 9 117 261 177 31-7-3 23-12-6 18-9-3
x-Tampa Bay 46 27 9 101 240 215 25-10-6 21-17-3 19-8-3
x-Montreal 46 28 8 100 215 204 23-13-5 23-15-3 18-8-4
x-Detroit 39 28 15 93 222 230 18-13-10 21-15-5 17-8-5
Ottawa 37 31 14 88 236 265 18-17-6 19-14-8 14-9-7
Toronto 38 36 8 84 231 256 24-16-1 14-20-7 14-13-3
Florida 29 45 8 66 196 268 16-20-5 13-25-3 13-16-1
Buffalo 21 51 10 52 157 248 13-21-7 8-30-3 7-18-5
 
Metropolitan Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Pittsburgh 51 24 7 109 249 207 28-9-4 23-15-3 20-8-2
x-NY Rangers 45 31 6 96 218 193 20-17-4 25-14-2 16-11-3
x-Philadelphia 42 30 10 94 236 235 24-14-3 18-16-7 15-11-4
x-Columbus 43 32 7 93 231 216 22-15-4 21-17-3 16-13-1
Washington 38 30 14 90 235 240 21-13-7 17-17-7 12-15-3
New Jersey 35 29 18 88 197 208 21-11-9 14-18-9 16-9-5
Carolina 36 35 11 83 207 230 18-17-6 18-18-5 15-13-2
NY Islanders 34 37 11 79 225 267 13-19-9 21-18-2 10-16-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
2013 - 2014 NHL Western Conference Standings
 
Central Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
y-Colorado 52 22 8 112 250 220 26-11-4 26-11-4 19-6-3
x-St. Louis 52 23 7 111 248 191 28-9-4 24-14-3 21-6-2
x-Chicago 46 21 15 107 267 220 27-7-7 19-14-8 13-13-3
x-Minnesota 43 27 12 98 207 206 26-10-5 17-17-7 14-12-3
x-Dallas 40 31 11 91 235 228 23-11-7 17-20-4 13-11-5
Nashville 38 32 12 88 216 242 19-17-5 19-15-7 12-13-4
Winnipeg 37 35 10 84 227 237 18-17-6 19-18-4 9-15-5
 
Pacific Division W L OTL Pts GF GA Home Away Div
z-Anaheim 54 20 8 116 266 209 29-8-4 25-12-4 22-4-3
x-San Jose 51 22 9 111 249 200 29-7-5 22-15-4 18-7-3
x-Los Angeles 46 28 8 100 206 174 23-14-4 23-14-4 16-10-3
Phoenix 37 30 15 89 216 231 22-14-5 15-16-10 14-9-6
Vancouver 36 35 11 83 196 223 20-15-6 16-20-5 12-13-4
Calgary 35 40 7 77 209 241 19-19-3 16-21-4 11-15-3
Edmonton 29 44 9 67 203 270 16-22-3 13-22-6 8-17-4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
z= clinched overall points title
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Scoreboard
Local
Final
NOR 0
DUR 3
 
Final
CHC 1
CIN 4
Final
PIT 3
MIL 5
Final
WAS 3
STL 1
Final
CLE 2
TOR 3
9th
DET 6
ANA 11
 
Final
NYM 0
ATL 6
Final
BOS 4
BAL 8
 
8th
TAM 9
NYY 5
 
Final
MIA 8
SEA 4
9th
TEX 12
CWS 0
 
9th
KAN 5
MIN 0
 
7th
COL 9
PHI 1
 
1st
OAK 7
HOU 0
 
2nd
LOS 0
ARI 0
 
3rd
SDP 1
SFG 0
 
Final
TAM 1
MON 4
Final
BOS 0
DET 1
1st
ANA 0
DAL 1
 
Final
NOR 0
DUR 3