Predators become latest visiting team thumped by Los Angeles

Sunday, November 7, 2010 at 12:32am
Staff reports

No visiting team has defeated the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center this season.

The Nashville Predators on Saturday became the latest to try. They did not even come close.

Goalie Pekka Rinne allowed two goals in each of the first two periods and Nashville’s current losing streak reached four games with a 4-1 loss to Los Angeles.

It matched the Predators’ largest margin of defeat this season. They have had eight games decided by a single goal and have not won since Oct. 24 at Tampa Bay.

Nashville avoided a shutout when defenseman Shane O’Brien scored with 2:24 remaining, It was his first goal for the Predators.

Rinne was pulled after he allowed the fourth goal, to Jarrett Stoll, at 10:47 of the second period. He made 18 saves on 22 shots.

Anders Lindback replaced Rinne and stopped all eight shots he saw. He faced just three shots over the remainder of the second period and only five more in the third.

Nashville (5-4-3), which had won its previous five games (and 12 of 22 all-time) at Los Angeles, got a team-high six shots from defenseman Shea Weber but were outshot 31-26 for the contest.

The Kings (10-3-0) improved to 6-0-0 at home and became the first NHL team this season with 10 victories. They won for the sixth time in their last seven outings.

Dustin Brown and Anze Kopitar each had a goal and an assist, and Justin Williams had a pair of assists for Los Angeles.