With the Los Angeles Kings having played the night before, the Predators knew they had an opportunity against a tired hockey team.
But the Predators didn’t get the start they wanted, and they didn’t get the finish they wanted, either.
The Kings scored three goals in the third period to pull away for a 4-2 victory on Saturday night at Staples Center.
The Predators entered the night with a chance to pass the Red Wings in the Western Conference standings, but the loss, combined with the point Detroit earned in its 3-2 overtime defeat to the Sharks, means Nashville (41-22-8) fell even further behind. The Predators have 90 points, and the fourth-place Red Wings have 92.
“They were a desperate team,” defenseman Shea Weber said of the Kings. “They need to get all the points they can right now in this playoff chase. We can take a little bit of them in our game.”