Kings 6, Nashville Predators 1
Eight keys to the game:
THE FACTS: Justin Williams scored 15 seconds into the game Saturday night against the Nashville Predators, signaling the start of things to come at Bridgestone Arena. The six goals matched the most Los Angeles has ever scored against the Predators, who had not lost in regulation in their last 10 games.
THE STAT: Every forward scored at least one point for Los Angeles except the team's leading scorer, Anze Kopitar, and rookie Kyle Clifford. The Kings have now scored 15 goals through the first three games of this trip.
TURNING POINT: That would be the goal by Williams, who collected a cross-ice pass from Dustin Brown and swiped it past goalkeeper Anders Lindback for a 1-0 lead. It was only the second goal in the last 13 games for Williams, who had nine in his first 17.
HOT: Brown had two assists against the Predators, giving him eight points in the last four games and at least one in the previous seven. The longest point streak of his career is nine games.
NOT: Lindback allowed three goals on nine shots through the first 10 minutes, earning himself a spot on the bench in place of Mark Dekanich, who made his NHL debut. It was the second straight game Nashville pulled its goalie against the Kings. Lindback replaced Pekka Rinne after he allowed four goals through 1½ periods in a 4-1 loss Nov. 6 at Staples Center. Rinne is currently out because of a knee injury.
GOOD MOVE: Kings coach Terry Murray started backup Jonathan Bernier in goal for the first time in 24 days and the early cushion was just what Bernier needed to relax and regain his confidence. Bernier, who lost five of his first seven starts this season, finished with 29 saves for his second win against the Predators this season.
BAD MOVE: The NHL schedule-maker didn’t do the Predators any favors, sending them to Newark, N.J. for a game Friday night against the Devils, than bringing them back to host the Kings, who were stewing in Nashville following their 6-4 loss Thursday in St. Louis. Then again, the Kings have to travel overnight to Chicago so they can play the Blackhawks on Sunday.
NOTABLE: Trevor Lewis scored the Kings’ second goal with 11:11 remaining in the opening period. It was his second NHL goal and first since Dec. 20, 2008. Lewis scored his only other points this season in a two-assist effort Nov. 20 during a 4-3 shootout victory in Boston.
UP NEXT: at Chicago, Sunday, 4 p.m. PT.