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Post-Game Musings: at Los Angeles

Sunday, 03.18.2012 / 12:23 AM CT / Features
By Jay Levin  - Nashville Predators
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Post-Game Musings: at Los Angeles
The Predators rallied from a slow first period to tie the game and claim momentum in the second period, but the Kings regrouped for three goals in the middle of the third period to break away en route to a 4-2 win.

Nashville fell to 1-1-1 on its current West Coast road trip with one more game remaining, a match-up tomorrow night against the Anaheim Ducks.

Now on to the musings...

THREE MUSINGS:
The Fisher Line: The Preds continue to get great production from Mike Fisher's line. Erat picked up a goal and an assist tonight, while Fisher netted Nashville's other goal. Fisher and Erat have been on the ice for six of Nashville's seven goals scored on the current road trip, three in five-on-five play, two on the power-play with Patric Hornqvist, and one during four-on-four play.

Blueline Turnovers: All season Coach Trotz has preached smart, strong play around the bluelines. LA’s first three goals came courtesy of Preds turnovers around the bluelines. On the Kings first goal, Nashville turned the puck over on a bad pass coming out of the zone, allowing for a sustained shift in the defensive end, which ultimately resulted in a goal on the long shift against the Preds. On the second goal against, the Preds turned the puck over at offensive blueline, creating a two-on-one in transition, which Dustin Penner converted. And then on the third one, the Preds appeared to be in good shape clearing the zone and started a line change behind the play, but Jordin Tootoo was unable to retain possession of the puck a couple of strides outside of the defensive blueline, resulting in a Kings breakaway goal.

High Energy: Gabriel Bourque and Matt Halischuk, both healthy scratches last game, made an impact in their returns to the lineup and gave the Preds a boost to the lower forward lines. Halischuk was especially noticeable in the second period, including a deft poke check to foil a potentially dangerous rush by Drew Doughty with around 40 seconds left in the period. Bourque might not have figured on the scoresheet much, but his speed on the forecheck created issues for the Kings throughout the night.


THREE QUOTES:
Defenseman Jack Hillen on tonight's game...
"They’re a good team, they’re desperate and they’re playing for their playoff lives. But it’s going to be like that all the way out from here to the playoffs. It’s going to be good for us to get ready for the playoffs. We just have to pick our game up another level."

Head Coach Barry Trotz on tonight's game...
"From the second period on, I thought we were coming on and they had security. They threw it up the front-side rim and it bounced over Kostitsyn’s stick and they executed on it. That’s where we’ve got to stabilize the game, though. Things are going to happen, a good play, a mistake here and there. You just have to hold it at that and then see if you can get the next one and get it tied up. We didn’t do a good job. We turned the puck over in the neutral zone."

Forward Martin Erat on the remaining schedule...
"Very important, especially for the teams on the bubble and for us. We’re just trying to get to the postseason"


THREE STARS:
1) LA F Anze Kopitar – 1g, team-high 3 shots on goal; dangerous all night long both as a shooter and a passer
2) LA G Jonathan Bernier – 19 saves; kept the game tied until his team’s offense was able to get ramped up in the third period; didn’t give up any rebounds, especially when the Preds controlled the play in the second period
3) NSH F Patric Hornqvist – took a beating all night long and continued to return to the tough areas, drew a Preds power-play, set the screen on the Preds PP goal


SMASHVILLE CENTRAL

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 CHI 57 36 17 4 158 130 76
2 DAL 54 34 15 5 174 145 73
3 STL 56 30 17 9 133 130 69
4 LAK 52 32 17 3 144 119 67
5 SJS 52 28 20 4 149 138 60
6 ANA 52 26 19 7 117 122 59
7 NSH 54 25 21 8 139 144 58
8 COL 56 27 25 4 149 155 58
9 MIN 53 23 20 10 130 130 56
10 ARI 52 24 22 6 138 161 54
11 VAN 53 21 20 12 123 143 54
12 CGY 52 24 25 3 138 151 51
13 WPG 53 24 26 3 137 151 51
14 EDM 55 21 29 5 133 166 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
R. Josi 54 11 27 -3 38
F. Forsberg 54 17 18 -7 35
S. Weber 54 14 21 -5 35
M. Ribeiro 54 6 27 2 33
J. Neal 54 19 13 18 32
M. Ekholm 54 6 18 3 24
R. Ellis 53 6 16 2 22
C. Smith 54 11 7 -2 18
C. Jarnkrok 53 9 8 0 17
C. Wilson 37 4 12 -1 16
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Rinne 20 18 7 .903 2.54
C. Hutton 5 2 1 .916 2.36