The Los Angeles Kings come into Smashville on Tuesday night to take on the Preds in an extremely important Western Conference matchup. Nashville is coming off of two straight wins over Minnesota and Colorado, and Los Angeles has won three games in a row coming into the game.
Currently, the Predators sit in 9th place in the Western Conference with 80 points, and Los Angeles currently sits in 5th place with 83 points. This is a big game for both teams, but it's huge for the Predators.
Anze Kopitar will play in his 325th straight game for the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday night, which is a franchise record. That's an impressive streak, especially given how easy it is to get injured in hockey. PredNation knows that as well as anybody does right now.
This is the first game in a big week for Nashville at home. The Predators have games against Los Angeles, Boston, and Detroit and are capable of winning all three games. As a matter of fact, I think the Los Angeles game is going to be the toughest for the Predators to win.
Los Angeles destroyed the Predators in the first two games between the two teams this year, but Nashville was able to win the last game between these two clubs by a score of 5-2. The Predators are going to have to play their best game if they want to beat the Kings.
Prediction: It's going to be a hard fought game, that will feel like the playoff game that it essentially is. I think this one's going to be three point game. I'm going to make a bold prediction that Nashville wins the game in overtime by a 3-2 score.