Fresh off a big win in Colorado on Thursday, the LA Kings return home on Saturday to take on the Nashville Predators.

Projected Lineups

LA Kings (38-20-8)

Here’s how the Kings lined up against the Avalanche on Thursday:

Trevor Moore made his return to the lineup for the first time in over two weeks.

Nashville Predators (31-24-7)

This was the lineup for the Predators in their loss in Arizona on Thursday:


Here’s how the two teams match up at 5-on-5 per Natural Stat Trick

Nashville Predators 49.0 49.6 49.0 49.3 8.1 0.928 1.008
Los Angeles Kings 51.9 52.7 52.4 53.7 8.4 0.901 0.985

Nashville sold off some pieces at the trade deadline and has been without Filip Forsberg for quite some time. Juuse Saros, though, always makes things difficult.

Special Teams

Team PP% PK%
Nashville Predators 18.5 81.3
Los Angeles Kings 24.2 75.9

The Kings went 0-for-4 on the power play on Thursday while allowing one power play goal against. The Predators really struggled with the man advantage in Arizona, going 0-for-6.

Betting Odds

Let’s look at the odds, courtesy of Betstamp.

*Note: the odds below are for sports books offered in New York. Refer to available sports books specific to your state.

**Odds as of 8 am ET/5 am PT may have changed since the writing of this article.

Via Betstamp

The Kings will be home favorites on Saturday, with a couple of books offering -150. The visiting Predators are +136 at FanDuel. The total on the game is six, with multiple books offering the Over at -110 while BetRivers has the Under at -102.

I think this number is too short on LA. They are clicking on all cylinders and even winning games when they aren’t at their best (see: Colorado). I’m in on the Kings tonight at home against a depleted Nashville team. Juuse Saros is capable of stealing a game for the Preds, but I’ll take my chances.

News & Notes

  • Joonas Korpisalo and Pheonix Copley have split the four games since Korpisalo’s arrival in LA. Korpisalo was very good in Colorado, stopping 28 of 30 shots. We’ll see if Todd McLellan goes back to him or continues the rotation.
  • Kevin Fiala was hurt in Thursday’s game and should be considered day-to-day.
  • For a team clinging to slim playoff hopes, Nashville’s 4-1 loss to the Coyotes on Thursday was a really disappointing result.
  • Filip Forsberg hasn’t played since February 11th, and he remains day-to-day.
  • Not only is Forsberg out, but one of the team’s best defensemen, Mattias Ekholm, was traded to Edmonton at the deadline.
  • LA’s top line continued their strong play in Colorado. Adrian Kempe netted two goals, while Anze Kopitar (two assists) and Quinton Byfield (one assist) also picked up points. Byfield’s assist extended his point streak to five games.
  • In his return to the lineup, Trevor Moore picked up an assist to go along with two shots on goal in 13:31 minutes of ice.
  • Arthur Kaliyev has been a lineup casualty lately in favor of Zack MacEwen, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Kaliyev return to the lineup on Saturday.


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