After the 2nd period:
Kings 1, Nashville Predators 1
The good: The Kings pretty much got outplayed in the second period, so getting into the second intermission without facing a deficit is a plus at this point. The third period should be as close to a playoff atmosphere as the fans will see at this point of the season. Jonathan Bernier continues to look sharp in just his 11th start in goal this season. He has been particularly effective with his puck-handling, something he’s always excelled at over No. 1 starter Jonathan Quick.
The bad: You give the No. 1 power-play unit in the league enough chances and they’ll make you pay. That’s what happened on Nashville’s third power play of the game, set up by the second cross-checking penalty of the period by Kings captain Dustin Brown. The Predators love to maintain possession as long as possible. They passed it around until Martin Erat saw some daylight and he beat Bernier from just inside the blue line to tie the score, 1-1, with 6:17 left in the period. The Kings were due for a power play of their own and they got one with 4:59 left in the second period but couldn’t capitalize. The power plays still favor the Predators, 3-1.
The in between: San Jose, which needs to lose for the Kings to have any chance of moving into the top eight, continues to lead Detroit, 2-1, heading into the second period.