– After a three-game winning streak, the Kings are 0-2-1 in their last three. With tonight’s loss, the Kings fell six points out of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, with 13 games remaining. The Kings are in 13th place in the Western Conference.
– Terry Murray went with the odds in goal, and it didn’t quite work out. The Kings started Erik Ersberg, who was coming off perhaps his best game of the season in a 2-1 shootout loss at San Jose on Saturday. Murray went with the hot hand, and also went with a guy who had previous success against Nashville. Ersberg had allowed the Predators only two goals in a 3-1 loss on Nov. 15 and also fared well against them in a relief role on Oct. 25. Ersberg couldn’t carry it over, however, as he stopped 26 of 30 shots in Monday’s loss. Ersberg has now lost seven consecutive decisions and hasn’t been credited with a win since Dec. 13.
– Alexander Frolov had an assist to extend his point-scoring streak to seven games. Frolov’s career-best scoring streak is eight games. Frolov has two goals and seven assists in those seven games. Frolov also had a team-high seven shots on goal.
– Michal Handzus had one goal and one assist for his seventh multi-point game of the season and his first since he recorded a hat trick against Dallas on March 5. Handzus won 18 of 25 faceoffs.
– Teddy Purcell had a second-period goal. Purcell broke a two-game streak without a point and now has three goals and four assists in his last eight games.
– Anze Kopitar scored a first-period goal to give the Kings a 1-0 lead and extend his hot streak. Kopitar has scored a goal in six of his last eight games and has at least one point in seven of his last eight. In those eight games, Kopitar has six goals and four assists. The goal also gave Kopitar his team-best 60th point (in his 69th game) and his 25th goal pulled him within three of team leader Alexander Frolov’s 28 goals.
– Dustin Brown had a first-period assist. Brown had totaled only one point in his previous four games and still has not scored a goal in his last nine games. Brown’s assist was his 29th of the season, tying the career high he set last season.
– Wayne Simmonds had an assist. Simmonds now has points in two consecutive games, after going nine consecutive games without a point. On the other hand, Simmonds’ second-period hooking penalty led to Joel Ward’s power-play goal, which put Nashville up 2-1.
– Drew Doughty led the Kings in ice time at 26:00. Anze Kopitar led all Kings forwards at 22:11.
– The Kings went 1-for-4 on the power play and 3-for-4 on the penalty kill.
– Nashville outshot the Kings 30-29.