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There’s not much to say about tonight’s drubbing in Los Angeles, as Pekka Rinne was pulled from the game in the 2nd period after allowing 4 goals on 22 shots, and the Preds were simply outworked up and down the ice. Nashville has now dropped four straight games, and 7 out of their last 9 as they head to Anaheim for a game Sunday evening.
What would a healthy Nashville Predators team look like?
One would hope it would look better than this.
With key cogs Ryan Suter, Martin Erat and Matthew Lombardi out of the lineup, the Los Angeles Kings – the NHL’s best team – disposed of the injury-riddled Predators 4-1 in front of 18,118 at Staples Center.
Nashville has dropped four straight and are 2-4-1 with Suter out of the lineup this season.
The game was a lot more lopsided than the 4-1 score indicated. Pekka Rinne, who started the game, was tested early on and held his ground. Which, given his rough outing on Wednesday night in Arizona, was a good thing.
With the second worse offense in the NHL, the Nashville Predators were no competition for the offensively explosive Los Angeles Kings on Saturday night. During a game that saw Ryan Smyth play his 1000th career contest and score his fourth of the season, Pekka Rinne get pulled and the Kings penalty kill remain perfect at home, the Kings won their sixth straight game, 4-1, at Staples Center.
A few brief thoughts after Nashville’s 4-1 loss to Los Angeles.
The out come of this game was not com ple tely unex pec ted. The Kings are pla ying the best hoc key in the NHL right now and we all knew it would be a tough go-around for the Preds. But, the loss to the Kings sho wed the impor tance of Nashville’s ina bi lity to get at least one point from Phoe nix ear lier in the road trip.