The Los Angeles Kings haven’t always enjoyed favorable results when outshooting opponents, though they ended their road losing streak with a dominant shooting advantage.
They’ll look to further that momentum Saturday when they open a long homestand against the Nashville Predators.
The Kings (19-12-8) ended a five-game road skid with a 3-2 win at Vancouver on New Year’s Day as Justin Williams and Jarret Stoll scored in the final 2:07. Dwight King started the rally with a goal at the 14:39 mark of the second period.
"It was nice to get the two points and not give them any," said Stoll, who ended a 12-game goal drought. "Good road game by everybody and hopefully we can use this as a little springboard for road games and get our road record going. It feels good."
Los Angeles, which outshot the Canucks 40-16, went 1-1-2 in its last four games despite outshooting opponents 129-86. Eleven of the team’s losses have come despite having an edge in that category.
"We gritted it out and sometimes at the end of the game you look and say, ‘All right, that was justice’ – because I feel we dominated the game," Williams said. "We had the better opportunities and we were able to show some resiliency, some resolve and not give up."
The Kings are looking to improve upon their 14-4-2 home record with a stretch of seven straight games at Staples Center. They’re 9 for 17 on the power play over their last four home games and their 27.4 percent conversion rate there is among the league’s best.
Nashville has given up five power-play goals on 15 chances over its last four away from home.
The Predators (24-9-3) still haven’t lost consecutive games after Monday’s 3-2 win over St. Louis. Defenseman Shea Weber snapped a 16-game drought without a goal by scoring twice, including the winner at the 9:02 mark of the third period.
Nashville, which didn’t reach the playoffs each of the last two years after six appearances in seven seasons, trails only Chicago and Anaheim in the West.
"You can look at the standings and see that we’ve had a good start. You can also look at the amount of games left and know that we have lot of work left to do," coach Peter Laviolette told the team’s official website. "There’s things that we’re doing well and there’s things we can do better, and we try to get better at those things. We’re constantly trying to work our game to become a better team."
The Predators outshot the Blues 47-28 after being outshot 42-40 in a 5-4 shootout loss at Chicago on Dec. 29. They’ve claimed a 372-307 advantage in shots during a 7-2-1 stretch.
Nashville will be playing its first game with center Mark Arcobello after acquiring him from Edmonton in exchange for Derek Roy. Arcobello, who had 12 points in 36 games for Edmonton, finds himself in a playoff race after coming over from the West’s worst club.
"It’s been kind of crazy, just trying to get here and try to get acclimated as soon as possible," Arcobello said. "But I’m joining a pretty good team here, so I’m excited about it. Coming to a team high in the standings is definitely a positive thing for me, and I’m excited to get on the ice and start winning.
Jeff Carter has four goals and two assists in his last four meetings with Nashville.
The Predators have won five of the last seven meetings, including a 4-3 shootout victory at home on Nov. 25. Jonathan Quick is 2-6-2 in 10 career starts versus Nashville.