The Predators hope to avoid a season-high four-game skid when
they continue a four-game road trip against the Los Angeles
Kings on Thursday.
The franchise's all-time wins leader with 145, Vokoun tore a
ligament in his thumb in a 6-0 victory over Vancouver on
November 23. On Wednesday, Vokoun's replacement, Chris Mason,
made 28 saves for Nashville in a 4-0 loss to the Anaheim Ducks.
Mason had played well in an earlier three-game winning streak,
but since then, the backup netminder allowed 11 goals in the
current three-game skid. However, despite the recent defeat,
the Predators hold a three-point lead over Detroit in the
The Kings had success against Anaheim on Sunday. Alexander
Frolov tallied twice and Dan Cloutier turned aside 27 shots as
Los Angeles held on for a 3-2 victory over the red-hot Ducks in
the finale of a home-and-home series.
The Kings entered with losses in four of their previous six
games, yielding an average of 4.2 goals over that stretch. But
Cloutier shut down Anaheim's high-flying offense and Frolov did
the rest, recording his fourth multi-goal game this season.
Los Angeles has won four in a row and eight out of nine in
against Nashville at home.