A hugely important Western Conference showdown will unfold late Tuesday evening when the Nashville Predators head to Los Angeles to take on the surging, but depleted LA Kings.
Though the Preds did play last night, Nashville does boast good depth and can ill-afford to take nights off or give up points. Like the Kings, Nashville too is mired in a tight Western Conference playoff race. And with Juuse Saros playing last night for the Preds, it’s quite likely going to be backup netminder David Rittich in goal for Nashville.
The Kings meanwhile are battling their fair share of injuries right now, but head coach Todd McLellan remains focused on securing a playoff spot with the skaters he has available. Drew Doughty and Viktor Arvidsson are key losses for this young Kings team, but Los Angeles has fared well in their absence. They sit second in the Pacific division at the moment, and are one of the bigger surprises in the entire NHL. They play excellent at 5v5 and do well to shield their lacklustre goaltending.
With both clubs desperately jostling for improved playoff position as we approach the month of May, expect a tight and hard-fought battle in La La Land tonight. Can the Predators make it back-to-back road wins with their backup goalie in tonight? Or will Los Angeles continue their dream season on home ice? Continue reading on beneath the posted odds for answers to those questions, as well as added insight, trends, news, and betting analysis for tonight’s big game.
Rittich is 2-2-1 with a .904 SV% and 3.04 GAA and a shutout in five career games against LAK.
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Nashville Predators vs. Los Angeles Kings Live Odds & Betting History
*These odds are provided by BetOnline.ag
|Goals Per Game||3.3||2.9|
|Goals Against Per Game||2.8||2.8|
|Shots On Goal Per Game||29.6||35.0|
Nashville Predators vs. Los Angeles Kings Prediction:
While the Kings have admittedly come out of nowhere to surprise the league in 2022, they are by no means getting lucky. This is a young and fast-paced group that is top-10 in the NHL in many key categories. They tilt the ice at 5v5 and currently enter Tuesday night carrying the seventh-best expected goals record at even strength. While Los Angeles struggles as they’re mostly devoid of natural finishers, they carry play and wear down the opposition with their tenacity on the forecheck.
Los Angeles is also stellar defensively and rarely given up anything off the rush. They play good structural hockey in their own zone, and clean breakouts often lead to shots and sustained pressure at the other end. For tonight, expect a depleted Los Angeles roster to really focus on making the Preds work. Nashville played last night in a wild 6-3 victory over the Anaheim Ducks, and expect their defensive group to be less than 100% as a result.
Worsening things for Nashville is the fact that this game screams to be a David Rittich start. Nashville is a completely different team with Rittich between the pipes opposed to their regular starter Juuse Saros. With Saros, a Vezina candidate, the Preds are among the top teams in the NHL. With Rittich, Nashville’s poor special teams play and knack of conceding many high-danger chances certainly won’t bode well.
Expect the Kings’ depth to make up for the loss of key bodies to injury, and look for experienced bench boss Todd McLellan to make good usage of having last change here. If he can ensure L.A.’s top line trio can avoid playing against Nashville’s Roman Josi – the Kings should dominate possession and force Rittich into some uncomfortable moments. Anze Kopitar and Adrian Kempe should pace this Kings’ offense to another key victory in a tight playoff race.
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Predators vs. Kings Trends To Know:
- Predators are 9-20 in their last 29 when their opponent allows 5 goals or more in their previous game.
- Kings are 5-1 in their last 6 games playing on 2 days rest.
- Kings are 6-2 in their last 8 games as a home favorite.
- Kings are 7-2 in their last 9 games as a favorite.
- Over is 5-1 in Predators last 6 overall.
- Favorite is 7-1 in the last 8 meetings.
Despite the injuries scattered throughout Los Angeles’ lineup, they are the younger, faster, and hungrier roster. They boast excellent squad depth throughout their organization, and head coach Todd McLellan continues to get the best out of his group. Pushing to secure a playoff spot, the Kings should roll a road-weary Nashville squad with David Rittich in goal. That’s a huge advantage for Los Angeles, and expect to see much of their chances, possession, and shooting opportunities, translate into goals on Tuesday evening.