LOS ANGELES (AP) — Colton Sissons had scored one point in his last 16 games for the Nashville Predators before he picked up a goal and an assist in a 2:27 span against the Kings.The Predators expect they’ll need secondary scoring to make a long run in the Stanley Cup playoffs Riley Nash Jersey Womens , and Sissons is just one complementary player providing a boost down the stretch.Viktor Arvidsson and Craig Smith also scored, Pekka Rinne made 25 saves and Nashville kept pace in the Central Division race with a 3-1 victory over Los Angeles on Thursday night.Led by Sissons’ first multipoint game since Jan. 7, the Predators snapped a two-game skid with a rejuvenating win over the last-place Kings. Nashville has taken points at Staples Center in nine consecutive visits, and the Kings never looked likely to end that streak.“It’s probably the best game we’ve played in recent weeks,” Sissons said. “It feels good to put a complete effort in from start to finish and to just have everybody step up and play their best game.”Heading toward a showdown Saturday with Western Conference-leading San Jose, the Predators responded well after falling behind early in a loss at 14th-place Anaheim on Tuesday night to open this three-game California road trip. They started solidly, weathered a rough patch and took control during a two-goal second period before finishing strong.“We’ve taken ownership in our game from what happened in Anaheim,” Smith said. “That’s what this team does.”Nashville (40-27-5) remained one point behind Central-leading Winnipeg (41-25-4). The defending division champion Predators also increased their lead over third-place St. Louis and Dallas to six points, although the Jets, Blues and Stars all have two games in hand on Nashville.Austin Wagner scored and Jonathan Quick stopped 31 shots as Los Angeles opened a five-game homestand by losing for the 14th time in 16 games.“We didn’t work hard enough, obviously,” Wagner said. “That first period wasn’t good enough.”Los Angeles had three days off following a victory at Anaheim, but failed in its attempt to win back-to-back games for the first time since Feb. 5-7. The Kings are guaranteed to finish with their worst point total in a full season since the 2008-09 campaign.“I didn’t think we had a great start in the game, which we control Martin Hanzal Jersey Womens ,” Kings coach Willie Desjardins said. “We had a couple of opportunities in the first period (on) power plays that we just didn’t generate enough. I don’t think we were hungry enough in the first. I thought the second (period) we came with more energy. I thought the third (period) we were trying to play with energy, but they’re a pretty good team and they’re hard to handle.”Arvidsson put the Predators ahead late in the first period with his 29th goal moments after a stunning save on the other end by Rinne, who has a long history of jaw-dropping play against Southern California’s NHL teams.Wagner tied it early in the second with the 10th goal of his promising rookie season during his first game back from a four-game injury absence. Rookie defenseman Matt Roy picked up his first NHL point on the play.Smith put the Predators back ahead late in the second when he batted Quick’s generous rebound of Sissons’ shot out of midair for his 19th goal. Sissons then scored an unassisted goal after intercepting Alec Martinez’s pass and beating Quick with a stoppable shot.Quick has played some of his worst hockey when he faces the Predators, posting the worst save percentage and goals-against average of the Conn Smythe Trophy winner’s long career against any opponent.NOTES: Kyle Turris was a healthy scratch for Nashville. The veteran had played in 16 consecutive games since returning from injury, but has only one goal and three assists during that stretch. “I made a lineup decision,” Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said. … Kings LW Jonny Brodzinski was scratched with Wagner’s return to the lineup. D Kurtis MacDermid also was scratched in favor of D Sean Walker. … Nashville avoided its first three-game losing streak since Feb. 9-12. … Nashville has won 40 games for the fifth consecutive season.UP NEXTPredators: At the San Jose Sharks on Saturday.Kings: Host the Florida Panthers on Saturday. On the eve of free agency, John Tavares is leaving the NHL guessing about his destination.With less than 12 hours until the market opens, the elite center had not chosen between six suitors, with the San Jose Sharks, hometown Toronto Maple Leafs and incumbent New York Islanders considered the most likely options. Returning to the Islanders looks less likely now after the midnight deadline passed for Tavares to get an eight-year contract from his current team.The Tavares sweepstakes dragging on into Sunday seems to favor San Jose and Toronto, either of which could sign the 27-year-old to a seven-year deal worth $70 million or more. He met this week with the Sharks, Maple Leafs, Islanders, Boston Bruins Anton Khudobin Jersey Womens , Dallas Stars and Tampa Bay Lightning, and his decision could drastically affect the plans of those teams and others.”I think other teams have admitted, we would have to make moves (to clear salary-cap space),” Bruins general manager Don Sweeny told reporters in Boston on Friday. ”Pretty confident we’d be able to do that.”As hockey waited for the Tavares watch to end, several teams made moves Saturday ahead of the frenzy.The Sharks agreed to a $64 million, eight-year extension with forward Logan Couture, according to a person familiar with the contract who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the deal hasn’t been announced. It can’t become official until after noon Sunday because it doesn’t begin until the 2019-20 season – the same as long-term deals the Los Angeles Kings have with Drew Doughty and Arizona Coyotes have with Oliver Ekman-Larsson and Niklas Hjalmarsson.Detroit got its own defenseman under contract for the next two seasons by agreeing to deal with Mike Green that pays him $5,375,000 annually. Signing Green could be just the start of the action for the Red Wings, who have been linked to unrestricted free agent goaltender Jonathan Bernier and winger Thomas Vanek.New Jersey also shored up its goaltending situation by re-signing Eddie Lack to a $650,000, one-year deal. The Devils also have Cory Schneider and Keith Kinkaid, who split time last season and in the playoffs.A person with direct knowledge of discussions said the Buffalo Sabres are expected to sign goalie Carter Hutton, who had been the St. Louis Blues’ backup to Jake Allen. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because agreements cannot be announced until the signing period begins.Hutton and others seem to already be ticketed for certain places Wade Megan Jersey Womens , but many big-name players are still up for grabs.Maple Leafs winger James van Riemsdyk, who tied Tavares with 36 goals last season, has been drawing significant interest and, at 29, could easily command a seven-year contract at a substantial raise over his previous $4.25 million salary. The Western Conference champion Vegas Golden Knights have cap space but might lose wingers David Perron and James Neal, who combined for 110 points last season.The Winnipeg Jets are doing their best to try to bring back center Paul Stastny after he was so instrumental in their playoff run. They cleared about $5.5 million in cap space by trading goaltender Steve Mason and Finnish forward Joel Armia to Montreal on Saturday but may still need more room to bring back the 32-year-old.The Canadiens are set to buy out Mason, putting him on unconditional waivers as the Minnesota Wild did with forward Tyler Ennis to clear cap space.Stastny fit in seamlessly after Winnipeg acquired him from St. Louis at the trade deadline but also might be better served waiting to see what Tavares does. Teams looking for a center who don’t land Tavares will look to Stastny and Toronto’s Tyler Bozak and could look into a trade for Buffalo’s Ryan O’Reilly, who is signed for the next five years and owed a $7.5 million bonus Sunday.—AP Sports Writer Josh Dubow in San Jose, California, contributed to this report.