The Nashville Predators were in the midst of a long road trip and had only one victory when they faced the Los Angeles Kings exactly one week ago.
Things have changed for the better since.
Back home after a lengthy stay on the road, Nashville seeks a fourth straight victory and second win in eight days over Los Angeles on Thursday night.
The Predators (4-2-3) dropped five of their first six games - three in a shootout - and were coming off their second shutout loss heading into the Staples Center on Jan. 31. They pulled out a 2-1 victory after an eight-round shootout, though, and proceeded to win the next two, including Tuesday's 6-1 rout of St. Louis.
Nashville finished a franchise record-tying seven-game road trip by setting a season high for goals after netting only four in its previous five games combined.
"I think this whole road trip was a really good thing for us," said Martin Erat, who had a goal and two assists Tuesday after not recording a point in his last four. "We ...