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Nashville Predators surprise in 3-1 win over Los Angeles Kings

Despite missing their top two scorers due to injury, the Nashville Predators pulled out a 3-1 victory on the road in Los Angeles, giving the Kings only their second loss in regulation play on home ice. The Preds were led with a goal and an assist by rookie defenseman Cody Franson, and two assists by Martin Erat, who returned to action after missing 3 games. The assists were the first on the season for Erat.

Since there was no TV coverage, one thing you can do is click the picture above for other shots from today's game.

With no TV coverage of today's game there won't be video highlights, but one that stands out from looking at the NHL GameCenter coverage is that Nashville did a better job of developing dangerous scoring chances; several shots came from close in towards the goal.

Besides the quality of the chances, the Predators also took care of the quantity side of the equation as well - in terms of Total Shots (which includes those which missed the net or were blocked), the Preds put together a nice 59-42 advantage.

Dan Ellis made 27 saves on 28 L.A. shots for the win, which brings the Preds back to .500 at 7-7-1 heading into Tuesday's game at San Jose. Francis Bouillon got the Preds the initial lead with a power play goal in the 2nd period, while Franson and Joel Ward scored in the 3rd at even strength for Nashville.

Your advanced Even Strength statistics will follow tomorrow morning.

Final - 11.7.2009 1 2 3 Total
Nashville Predators 0 1 2 3
Los Angeles Kings 0 0 1 1

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