Predators looking for turnaround entering clash vs. Kings

Predators looking for turnaround entering clash vs. Kings

The Nashville Predators will seek a more complete effort in a bid to turn around their recent fortunes when they open a four-game homestand against the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday.The Predators lost for the fourth time in six outings in a 5-2 setback at the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.Colton Sissons celebrated playing in his 500th NHL game by scoring on a breakaway to forge a 1-1 tie early in the second period. The bottom fell out from there for Nashville, which allowed four straight goals to bridge the second and third periods.”A little bit more of everything,” Sissons said of what the team needs heading into the homestand.”We need more energy and our battle level has got to get up. Our execution has got to get up. All the finer details that allow you to win in this league slipped in that second period and it just wasn’t good enough to win (on Thursday).”Predators coach John Hynes also wanted to turn the page following the setback in St. Louis.”First period was OK,” Hynes said. “They were a lot better the last 40 (minutes). … I’m looking for a lot better showing (against the Kings) than we had tonight.”Nashville could also use some production from its punchless power play. The Predators failed on all four opportunities with the man advantage on Thursday and are 1-for-25 over their last eight games.Nashville went 0-for-5 on the power play in its previous encounter with Los Angeles on Oct. 18. The Predators failed to hold a two-goal lead entering the third period in that game and dropped a 4-3 decision in a shootout.The Kings look to get back on track when they begin a six-game road trip on Saturday night.

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