Shortly after the trade deadline expires, the Los Angeles Kings play the Nashville Predators in a game that will define the nature of their last marvelous 4-0 performance against the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday. Was it merely a gulp of air as taken by a man in a maelstrom to stave off drowning a futile moment longer, or was it a spiked boot planted obstinately alongside the mountain down which they tumbled? Tonight their performance, their attitude, their execution and their confidence will speak towards the answer to this question. Let’s all bow our heads and pray to the hockey gods that be that their feet are firmly engaged against the gas pedal. No letting up.

The Predators are like the Kings in a few ways. They rely heavily on system, goaltending and defense. They score more than the Kings (who doesn’t) and they do it by committee. There are no offensive dynamos in Nashville, but they have just about 3 lines worth of players who are fully capable of scoring 20 or more goals this season. The Kings have only played them once so far this season, a game which they won 4-3. A pleasant note I noticed is that Jeff Carter has already played the Preds 4 times this year and has 5 goals and 2 assists in those 4 games. Tack that on to the list of positive trends I would like to see continue.

Dustin Brown leading by example is at the top of that list. Anze Kopitar driving the net is second. Jonathan Bernier starting either tonight or tomorrow is third… oh wait, that’s one trend I want to see broken.

As far as the trade deadline is concerned, not much is expected of the Kings, having already acquired Jeff Carter in what is likely to be this year’s highest profile deal, unless Columbus up and decides to trade Rick Nash at the last minute. Perhaps the Kings will make a depth move to shore up the bottom six, something that would certainly be welcome. Darren Dreger reported this morning that P.A. Parenteau (an upcoming UFA) is being dangled by the New York Islanders. If the Kings are looking to add further secondary scoring, Parental Abuse Parenteau might be a good option if the price is right, which is probably isn’t.

The Predators have made the sole deal of deadline day thus far, picking up the missing half of their Kostitsyn zygote. Whether Andrei joins his brother Sergei tonight for the game, I don’t know. Oh what the hell, let me spend 30 seconds researching for once… well that was pointless. All I found was the fact that they traded for him. Time will, as it always has been, be the best solver of a ponderance.

If anything else interesting happens trade-wise (that isn’t Kings related), I will update this post for discussion, otherwise this is your deadline day/game day open forum.

Have at it and GO KINGS GO!

TRADES:

Colorado trades Daniel Winnik & TJ Galiardi and a 7th round pick to San Jose for Mike Connelly, Jamie McGinn & Sgarbossa.

Winnipeg trades Johnny Oduya to Chicago for 2nd and 3rd round picks.

Columbus trades Sammy Pahlsson to Vancouver for 2 4th round picks.

Tampa trades Matt Gilroy to Ottawa for Brian Lee.

Buffalo trades Paul Gaustad and a 4th round pick to Nashville for their 1st round pick. – Hopefully Gaustad isn’t in the lineup tonight. That’s a solid addition. Preds really loading up.

Greg Zanon goes to Boston for Steve Kampfer.

Buffalo trades Zack Kassian and M.A. Gragnani to Vancouver for Cody Hodgson and Alexander Sulzer.