"I should have used him in the shootout," Sutter said after a 4-3 loss at
Would he consider it?
"That's how they scored. They went down the middle of the ice and shot in the middle of the net to win it, and Drew tied it with that," Sutter said.
Just as Sutter described it,
"It's a tough building. You need good goaltending," Sutter said.
The Kings got a fine effort from Jones and from their penalty killers, especially after
Center Anze Kopitar said it matters less where the Kings play than how well they play.
"We've just got to play our game. That's the most important thing for us," he said. "On the road this year, we can be honest and we didn't play nearly as good as we can and as we expect from each other. We're going to have to play better. Tonight was a step in the right direction but we definitely have more."
The Predators controlled the play early and scored at 6:24.
Gaborik caught up to a long lead pass from
Sutter was unhappy with the breakdowns on those plays.
Doughty worked his magic in the first minute of the third period. He gathered the puck in his own end, dodged defenseman
"I just saw a lot of ice and tried to get the puck on net," said Doughty, who played a season-high 33 minutes and 40 seconds. "And I'm happy that went in because I've really tried to pick my spots lately and I'm not getting goals that way. To get kind of a fluky one between the legs feels good."
If he'd gotten a chance in the shootout, where Carter, Gaborik, Kopitar, Toffoli,
"Not happy with that, obviously," Doughty said. "Joner played a fantastic game tonight. He was great. Especially in the shootout. He gave us three chances in a row to win there. We've got to bear down. We've got to score."
KINGS AT MINNESOTA
When: 5 PST.
On the air: TV: FS West. Radio: 790.
Update: Goaltender Jonathan Quick is expected to start for the Kings, who are 1-2-0 in the finale of back-to-back games this season. The Kings won their first game against Minnesota, 2-1, on Oct. 19 at Staples Center. The