The Los Angeles Kings have held their own during a difficult road-heavy stretch to open the season, though they're anxious to move past a disappointing performance.
Coach Barry Trotz hopes his Nashville Predators continue to learn while finding ways to win on their home ice.
After having their winning streak snapped, the Kings will try to bounce back with their fourth victory in five games Thursday night when they wrap up their road trip in Nashville.
Despite playing six of the first eight games on the road, Los Angeles (4-3-0) had won three in a row following consecutive wins at Carolina and Florida before Tuesday's 5-1 loss at Tampa Bay.
Jonathan Quick, who has had a slow start with a 2.90 goals-against average, hopes to get the chance to rebound from one of his worst outings. He was pulled late in the second period after allowing three goals on 17 shots and was replaced by backup Ben Scrivens, who allowed two scores on eight shots.
Quick hasn't fared well against the Predators, either, with a 1-5-2 record and a 2.85 GAA in eight career meetings.
"We've got to just regroup after this game, throw it out and realize we need a lot better effort and a lot better detail out of our game,'' Kings defenseman Matt Greene said. "We've just got to learn from it and move on.''
Los Angeles will be facing a Nashville team that has totaled seven goals in back-to-back wins after scoring six while dropping three of its first four games.
After opening the season with consecutive road losses, the Predators (3-3-0) recovered by winning three of four on this five-game stay at Bridgestone Arena. Now they'll try to win three straight overall for the first time since late March.
Patric Hornqvist looks to score in his third straight game after his power-play tally in the third period proved to be the difference in Nashville's 4-3 win over Florida on Tuesday. The winger has three goals in his last two home games against the Kings.
Since failing to convert on their seven chances on the road, the Predators have gone 4 for 11 on the power play at home. They've also killed all four penalties in their last two games after thwarting only 11 of 17 over their previous four.
Still, Trotz sees plenty of room for improvement.
"I would say that (against Florida) we were probably the most sloppy we've been in all the games this year; not real detailed, making poor judgment errors all over the ice, just not real sharp," Trotz said. "But we found a way to win and that's part of learning to win.''
Pekka Rinne hasn't been sharp between the pipes, posting a 3.11 GAA. He held the Kings to one total goal in a pair of victories last season before being pulled in the third period March 4 after allowing a fifth goal on 13 shots.
The Kings would like to get some production out of their power play after coming up empty on nine opportunities over their last three games.
Jeff Carter leads Los Angeles with four goals - two with the man advantage - but hasn't had a point over this three-game span. The last time he faced Nashville, however, Carter had a hat trick as the Kings chased Rinne in that 5-1 win.
Los Angeles is 8-3-1 in its last 12 games against the Predators.
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