|LAK||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||3|
|NSH||0||0||0||(0 - 0)||4|
A lack of offense has been a major reason why the Nashville Predators and Los Angeles Kings have struggled of late.
One of these last-place teams will end their extended losing streaks as they meet Saturday night at the Sommet Center.
Nashville (14-16-2) returns home after concluding a three-game road trip with a 5-2 loss at Chicago on Wednesday, its fifth consecutive defeat and seventh in its last eight contests.
Los Angeles (12-22-2), meanwhile, lost 2-1 at Columbus on Friday night for its season-high sixth straight loss and seventh in its last eight. The Kings, who are an NHL-worst 4-11-1 on the road, will try to avoid their sixth straight loss away from home Saturday night.
A recent inability to score has certainly plagued both teams.
Though three of the Predators last five losses have been decided by one goal, Nashville has been outscored 15-7 during its recent skid and is just 3-for-21 on the power play over that span.
"We haven't been scoring a lot of goals, so we haven't had a lot of margin for error," said Nashville coach Barry Trotz, whose team has lost four of its last five at home.
Radek Bonk and J.P. Dumont each scored Wednesday for the Predators, who have not scored more than two goals in a game since a 4-2 win over Anaheim on Dec. 8.
"It has been a rough go," Nashville's Jason Arnott said. "We've got to start showing more accountability to each other. We've got to get back to basics."
Bonk scored his team-leading 11th goal Wednesday, ending a seven-game goalless drought.
Nashville goalie Chris Mason was pulled after allowing goals on the first two shots against Chicago. Backup Dan Ellis allowed three goals and made 25 saves.
Mason was also pulled after allowing four goals on 19 shots in the Predators' 6-0 loss at Los Angeles on Oct. 23 in the teams' most recent meeting. Mason, though, is 3-1-0 with a tie and a 1.75 goals-against average versus the Kings. He's not allowed a goal in 67 shots he's faced against Los Angeles in two games at home.
Michael Cammalleri had two goals and defenseman Rob Blake added two assists for the Kings in the October victory over Nashville.
It was the lone shutout for the Kings this season and the second career shutout for Jason LaBarbera, who has lost four in a row, but is 2-1 with a 1.99 GAA versus Nashville.
Cammalleri scored his 15th goal and first in eight games Friday for the Kings, who have 11 goals during their six-game losing streak, while giving up 24, including seven on the power play during that span.
Blake had a goal disallowed Friday that would have put the Kings up 2-0.
"Unfortunately the breaks went against us," Los Angeles coach Marc Crawford said. "When those things happen, all you can do is just keep working and try to get through it."
|Mar 13 '08||LAK 4 at NSH 1||D. Brown|
|Jan 08 '08||NSH 7 at LAK 0||D. Hordichuk|
|Dec 22 '07||LAK 3 at NSH 4||J. Arnott|
|Oct 23 '07||NSH 0 at LAK 6||M. Cammalleri|