Preds cap homestand against Kings

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Updated: October 17, 2013

(SportsNetwork.com) – The Nashville Predators aim to close out their homestand
with a third straight victory on Thursday night as they play host to the Los
Angeles Kings.

The Preds have won three of four on their five-game residency and are coming
off Tuesday’s 4-3 win over the Florida Panthers. Craig Smith and Patric
Hornqvist both scored in the third period, while Pekka Rinne made 22 saves.

Smith, Shea Weber and Mike Fisher all had a goal and an assist for the Preds,
who opened the season with consecutive road losses.

Weber scored the lone tally of the first period, just the second time
Nashville has scored the first goal of the game.

“That’s huge when you have a goaltender like Pekka because you give him a lead
that gives him a lot to work with,” said Weber. “Still, we have to get better
at the defensive end because we let them get too many chances tonight.”

The Kings wrap a four-game road trip tonight having had a three-game win
streak halted with Tuesday’s 5-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Jonathan Quick yielded a goal 19 seconds into the game and was pulled late in
the second period after allowing his third goal on 17 shots. Ben Scrivens
relived him and gave up a pair of tallies on eight shots faced.

Defenseman Slava Voynov prevented the Kings from getting shut out as he scored
his first goal of the season 10:27 into the third frame.

“You can’t give up Grade-A chances like we did tonight,” said Kings defenseman
Matt Greene.

The Predators won two of three versus the Kings last season, notching a 3-0
win in the lone meeting in Nashville. Rinne logged a 26-save shutout and is
7-6-0 with a 2.88 goals against average in 13 career meetings with the Kings.

Quick is just 1-5-2 with a 2.85 GAA in eight games versus the Preds, while
Scrivens has faced them once before. He took a loss while with Toronto on Nov.
17, 2011, yielding three goals on 21 shots faced.