A special 5:00 start time awaits the Predators and their fans tonight as the L.A. Kings come to town. The Kings won their last game 1-0 in a shootout over Dallas. It was a costly win for the Kings, as they lost Jarrett Stoll for the remainder of the season with a groin injury. the Kings are also expected to be without explosive winger Alexander Frolov tonight. The Preds will be without Jason Arnott (who skated yesterday), David Legwand, Wade Belak, and Ryan Jones. Nashville sits in 8th in the Western Conference with 80 points. Edmonton leapfrogged Nashville to take the 7th spot by virtue of their 4-3 win over Anaheim last night. Anaheim holds the 9th spot in the playoff race with 80 points as well.
It goes without saying that this is another huge game for the Preds. A win tonight moves them to 7th and provides some separation from Anaheim and St. Louis. To win tonight, the Preds have to continue to use the formula that has brought them success- exceptional goaltending, solid D, throw the puck at the net and crash the crease. Oh yes, the 7th man has to bring it tonight as well.
This team is bred for the challenge- the opportunity- they have tonight. Time to be who you are, boys.