By Amanda DiPaolo
Tuesday night, the Predators host the Los Angeles Kings, a team that is battling for its playoff life, just like Nashville.
The Kings are three points ahead of the Predators. A win on Tuesday for Nashville allow the Predators to close the gap with the Kings, bringing the Predators to within one point of Los Angeles, but a loss would give the Kings 85 points, leaving Nashville stagnant at 80 points on the season.
The Kings had struggled earlier in the season and were out of contention going into the All-Star Break, though they did win the three games heading into the Break.
Anze Kopitar has been the most successful King this season, leading his team with 24 goals and 46 assists for 70 points in 69 games.
After the All-Star Game, Kopitar noted the difficult position his team had been in, bottom 8 in the Western Conference. “It’s an up and down season for us so far. Before the break we won a few games, we just want to keep it going and find the consistency throughout the rest of the season, really bare down on it and hopefully we will be there by the end of the year,” Kopitar said.
The Kings are 10-1-3 on the road, but face a Nashville squad that is traditionally a strong home team and continues to be so today. Which team wins the game will go a long way towards their bid to make it to the post-season.
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