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Preds, Kings clash in Nashville

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(Sports Network) - Two clubs at the opposite ends of the Western Conference will meet tonight when the first-place Nashville Predators host the basement- dwelling Los Angeles Kings at Gaylord Entertainment Center.

At 38-15-3, the Predators hold the best record in the entire league, but hold just a three-point lead over the Detroit Red Wings for the top spot in the Central Division. The Kings, meanwhile, are 18-30-9 on the year and are at the bottom of the West with 45 points. Only the Philadelphia Flyers (34 points) have a poorer record than LA.

Tonight's game will be the third of four contests between the two teams this year, with the Predators taking the first two games. That includes a 7-0 pounding the Preds handed LA on December 23.

The Kings, though, have won eight of their last 10 at home against Nashville.

The Predators opened a three-game homestand on the right foot Thursday when they bested the Toronto Maple Leafs, 4-2. Steve Sullivan netted his team- leading 21st goal of the season and added an assist.

Vernon Fiddler, David Legwand and J.P. Dumont each had a goal for the Predators, who have won two of their last three games. Tomas Vokoun made 30 saves in the win.

The victory also marked a franchise-record eighth straight win at home for the Predators. Nashville is 20-3-3 at Gaylord Entertainment Center and will wrap up their stand Wednesday against San Jose.

Legwand's goal set a new career high at 19 goals and with 46 points on the year, he is only two points shy of matching his career high in points, which he set in 2002-03.

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