LOS ANGELES CA - JANUARY 06: Patric Hornqvist #27 of the Nashville Predators celebrates his goal with Sergei Kostitsyn #74 for a 5-2 lead over the Los Angeles Kings during the third period at the Staples Center on January 6 2011 in Los Angeles California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
They lost another center to injury, one of their defenseman got battered in a fight, and they fell behind 2-0 early in the 2nd period after having played a tough game the night before.
Follow after the jump for some remarkable highlights, reaction, and advanced stats!
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First here's the video highlights and Predators vs Kings boxscore:
Scattered thoughts on tonight's game:
- Right on the first shift, Shea Weber took an opportunity to stand up and level Anze Kopitar at the blueline. The Preds don't often take such defensive risks, but early in the game, hits like that can intimidate a puckhandler.
- This injury situation gets more absurd by the day. Sergei Kostitsyn and J.P. Dumont both went off temporarily for repairs, and Nick Spaling left early in the 2nd with an "upper body injury".
- As disappointing as those two L.A. goals early in the 2nd were to see, boy was it encouraging to see the Preds storm back and take the lead just minutes later. My favorite was the Svatos goal, because when Colin Wilson didn't see a good passing opportunity, he just shot the puck and created the rebound situation.
- And how about Colin winding up on the power play for Hornqvist's goal? Again, a good hard shot creates chaos for a defense.
- We all love Francis Bouillon, but his fight with Wayne Simmonds was painful to watch. He was just overmatched physically. I'm stunned, stunned I say, that such a thing happened while Wade Belak was dressed for this game. I thought enforcers helped prevent this?
- Seth had the tweet of the night early on: "See what the Kings are playing for defense? That's a neutral zone trap. No forecheck at all. I HATE when people claim the Preds trap!!!"
- It had to be a tremendous boost to get a few goals against Jonathan Bernier, too, who has a history of dominating the Preds.
- How good is it to see Patric Hornqvist getting a few goals now? He's riding a 4-game goal scoring streak, which couldn't come at a better time given all the injuries.
- This win, over a very solid team on home ice (13-5-1 coming in) puts the Preds in 4th place in the Western Conference, and they hold a game in hand on San Jose and Colorado, who are immediately behind them.
- And lo! The Nashville power play scored twice on three opportunities! How about that...
- Over 700 comments in tonight's Game Thread? You guys are hard core!
And for your advanced even-strength stats...
|Even Strength||Individual Totals||Team Totals While Player Is On Ice|
|Player||Pos||EV TOI||Shots||Shts Blkd||Missed Shts||Blocks||SOG For||SOG Ag||SOG +/-||Tot SF||Tot SA||Corsi|
Who is your Predator of the Game?
Patric Hornqvist (39 votes)
Sergei Kostitsyn (68 votes)
Ryan Suter (10 votes)
Colin Wilson (131 votes)
248 total votes