Forecheck vs. forecheck. Defense vs. defense.
The Kings came out of it with a 4-3 loss at Staples Center. They made another spirited late run with goals by
Here's what we learned:
The outgoing message was positive. The Kings' dressing room was closed for an unusually longer time postgame, and the comments suggested that coach John Stevens wanted them to go into next week thinking positively.
"I think we've done some good things," Tanner Pearson said. "There's some things we'll probably look at to clean up after the break, but as of right now, we're in a playoff spot, so that's a good thing."
Stevens alluded to the Kings' 57-25 goal differential in the third period when he discussed those positives.
"Probably the most exciting thing about this group is they have a way to stick around hockey games," Stevens said. "They have this innate ability to try and win games."
This would be an intense playoff series. Each game might take 3½ hours, but judging by the tension between the Kings and Predators, they would put on a terrifically hard-fought clash.
At one point Saturday,