Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series tied 2-2

Game 1: Saturday, November 5th
Game 2: Tuesday, November 15th
Game 3: Thursday, November 24th
Game 4: Saturday, March 25th

Predators 4

(42-21-8, 92 pts)

Kings 6

(38-28-5, 81 pts)

10:30 PM ET, March 25, 2006

STAPLES Center, Los Angeles, California

1 2 3 T
NSH 1 3 04
LA 0 3 36

A. Frolov (Kings - LW): Goals: 2, Assists: 1

L. Visnovsky (Kings - D): Goals: 0, Assists: 3

M. Sillinger (Predators - C): Goals: 1, Assists: 2

Nashville (42-20-8) at Los Angeles (37-28-5) 10:30 pm EST

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 playoffs.

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 2001-2002.

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 playoffs.

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 Mighty Ducks.

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.