LA Kings’ forward Viktor Arvidsson will face his old team for the first time on Tuesday night.
The first road trip on the young season – the LA Kings will be away from STAPLES Center for the next four games. The Kings will make a stop in Nashville on Tuesday to face a Predators team they acquired Viktor Arvidsson from just three and half months ago.
The Predators have made the playoffs in each of the last seven seasons, but it will be interesting to see how the fare in the Central Division this year without Arvidsson. They locked up defenseman Mattias Ekholm to a four-year, $25M contract extension last week. The Preds also have an outstanding, young goaltender in Jusse Saros, who went 21-11-1 with a 2.28 GAA, .927 SV%, and three shutouts last year.
- With travel limited last year, these two teams haven’t seen each other since the 2019-20 season, splitting their two-game series. The year before, Nashville took all three matchups.
- Arvidsson has 70 goals and 57 assists for 127 points all-time at Bridgestone Arena. Look for him to have an impact against his former team.
- We knew that Cal Petersen and Jonathan Quick would split the first two games. Now, the question shifts to who gets the nod for Game 3. Petersen against NSH: 0-1-0 with four goals allowed in his only game. Quick against NSH: 5-12-2 with a .892 SV% and 2.94 GAA in 20 games.
- It’s early, but the Kings have two of the three top point producers in the National Hockey League. Anze Kopitar is tied with the Lightning’s Steven Stamkos with seven points, but Drew Doughty is right behind both of them with six points.
- Kopitar was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week for his efforts.
- On the Predators side, Cody Glass was sent down to AHL Milwaukee for regular top-line center minutes. The former sixth overall pick in 2017 has one goal and one assist in seven career games against the Kings.
#Preds Head Coach John Hynes says Cody Glass will still be an important player for the Predators, but what's best for him right now is to go to Milwaukee, play top-line-center minutes, first power-play minutes and "get himself up and running a little bit better."
— Brooks Bratten (@brooksbratten) October 18, 2021
Puck Drop and Broadcast Info
- Tuesday, October 19 at 5:00 p.m. PT
- TV: Bally Sports West, Bally Sports South, ESPN+
- Radio: iHeartRadio
Tale of the Tape
LA Kings: 50.0% (5th)
Predators: 16.7% (22nd)
LAK: 100.0% (T-1st)
Predators: 66.7% (21st)
LAK: 50.0% (16th)
Predators: 53.0% (9th)
Goals Per Game
LAK: 4.00 (9th)
Predators: 2.50 (21st)
Goals Against Per Game
LAK: 2.50 (12th)
Predators: 3.50 (23rd)