Skidding Predators stay positive going into matchup with Kings

Skidding Predators stay positive going into matchup with Kings

The Los Angeles Kings are hoping a return to familiar territory will help end their post-Christmas slide.The Kings have lost nine of their past 10 games heading into Thursday night's matchup against

The Los Angeles Kings are hoping a return to familiar territory will help end their post-Christmas slide.The Kings have lost nine of their past 10 games heading into Thursday night’s matchup against the visiting Nashville Predators.The downturn for Los Angeles began with a 3-2 loss at the Vegas Golden Knights on Dec. 28, continued with three straight home losses and then followed the Kings on their six-game road trip, where they finished 1-3-2 after falling 5-1 to the Dallas Stars on Tuesday.”Nothing’s going easy for us right now, and we’re going to come out of it, and then we’re going to be stronger for it,” Kings veteran forward Trevor Lewis said. “We’ve just got to keep fighting and keep working through it.”Despite the negatives, there are plenty of positives to build on.Phillip Danault has points in six consecutive games (two goals, six assists).Trevor Moore continues his career-best season with three goals and two assists in the past five games. His 20 goals have already surpassed his career high of 17 in the 2021-22 season.Anze Kopitar has 39 points at the halfway point of the season, putting the 36-year-old center on pace for his highest-scoring campaign since he had 92 points in 2017-18.Quinton Byfield is up to 30 points in 41 games, nearly as many points as he totaled (32) in the past two seasons combined covering 93 games.Lewis said it’s important for the Kings to maintain the structure they built during the preseason and honed through the first 31 games, when they started 20-7-4.”When times get tough, you have to fall back to those and just kind of keep it simple,” he said. “Play to your identity and work through it.”The Kings have yet to play the Predators this season, but will get familiar with them with three games over the next five weeks.

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