Nashville (42-20-8) at Los Angeles (37-28-5) 10:30 pm EST
LOS ANGELES (Ticker) -- The Los Angeles Kings hope a late-season
coaching change could provide a missing spark to get into the
John Torchetti makes his debut as interim coach for the Kings on
Saturday when they meet the Nashville Predators in their final
matchup of this season.
After losing for the fifth time in their last seven games, the
Kings fired Andy Murray on Tuesday. The franchise leader in
victories (215), he had not led them to the postseason since
Torchetti has been in this situation before, having posted a
10-12-5 mark as interim coach of the Florida Panthers in 2004.
The Kings are trying to avoid repeating their collapse from two
years ago, when they lost their final 11 games to miss the
Wrapping up a five-game homestand, Los Angeles has just nine
goals in five games and failed to score in Monday's 5-0 loss to
the Colorado Avalanche. The Kings trail eighth-place Edmonton
for the final Western Conference postseason slot.
Nashville has won five of its last six games and has just one
regulation defeat in 11 contests. The Predators are in fourth
in the West, eight points ahead of Anaheim.
Steve Sullivan had a goal and an assist and Adam Hall and Jordin
Tootoo added tallies for Nashville in Friday's 6-3 loss to the
The teams have not played since November 24, when the Predators
posted a 4-3 victory over the Kings to take two of the first
three encounters this season.