The Los Angeles Kings have made a habit of collecting wins after regulation recently. The Nashville Predators know all too well what its like to be on the losing end of such a contest when facing the Kings.Seeking their fourth straight win, the Kings welcome the struggling Predators to Staples Center on Thursday night.After opening the season with three consecutive losses, the Kings (3-3-0) have bounced back to win three in a row -- all after the score was knotted at the end of regulation. They began their run by winning 4-3 at Dallas in overtime on Thursday, then returned home to top Vancouver by the same score in a shootout on Saturday.Los Angeles continued its winning ways after regulation Tuesday. Alec Martinez scored 74 seconds in overtime to lift the Kings to a 3-2 victory over Columbus.The Kings went 2-1-0 vs. the Predators in 2015-16 with both wins secured in overtime.Jeff Carter scored with 18 seconds to play in the extra session in a 4-3 victory at Staples Center on Oct. 31. Tanner Pearson lit the lamp 1:18 into OT to give the Kings a 2-1 on Feb. 20 in Nashville.Pearson, a left wing, leads the Kings this season with four goals and six points, with all of his points recorded during a career-best four-game points streak. His lone goal and assist vs. the Predators have come in the last two matchups.A completely unexpected key to Los Angeles resurgence has been veteran goaltender Peter Budaj, who was again expected to see the bulk of his playing time this season in the American Hockey League.But Jonathan Quick, the teams all-time wins leader, suffered a lower-body injury in the season opener and is expected to miss up to three months. Backup Jeff Zatkoff strained a groin hours before the win over the Canucks, opening the door for the Budaj, whos surrendered eight goals on 75 shots over the last three contests.Winning is fun, the 34-year-old Budaj told the Kings official website after practice on Wednesday. When you win the games, youre very excited, very happy. Everything comes easier. You work hard easier because your mind is a little looser because youre winning, but you cannot focus on what happened yesterday ... Yesterday was yesterday.Budaj is 7-5-0 with 2.31 goals-against average and one shutout in 12 career games against Nashville. However, hes not faced the Predators since Montreal posted a 2-1 win -- in overtime -- on Nov. 12, 2011.The Kings signed former Predators goaltender Anders Lindback on Wednesday and assigned him to Ontario of the AHL. Lindback has also played for Tampa Bay, Dallas, Buffalo and Arizona, posting a 45-58-8 record with a 2.87 GAA.Nashville dropped to 0-3-0 on the road after being drubbed 6-1 by Anaheim on Wednesday night in the opener of a five-game road trip. Colin Wilsons goal with just over 12 minutes left was the Predators NHL-high 10th of the season.Lack of any offensive punch from their top two threats last season has a hand in why Nashville is tied with Winnipeg for last in the Central Division. Filip Forsberg, a team-best 33-goal scorer last season, has yet to tally one in 2016-17. James Neal, who was second on the club with 31 goals, also has yet to score.The Predators top two defensemen, P.K. Subban (two goals, team high-tying five points) and Roman Josi (three assists and four points) have been trying to fill the offensive gap, but Nashvilles goaltenders were shaky while surrendering five special-teams goals -- two of them short-handed -- against the Ducks.Pekka Rinne, playing in his first game after missing one due to food poisoning, was lifted late in the second period after stopping only 13 of 17 shots. Marek Mazanec, appearing in just his third NHL game going back to January 2015, turned aside seven of nine shots.Weve got to do a better job of just being harder to play against, defending our goaltender better and defending our end better, Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said.However, Rinne is 2-0-1 in his last three appearances in Los Angeles despite posting a 3.57 GAA in that span. Mazanec defeated the Kings in his only start against them in December 2013 in Nashville.The Predators are 3-0-1 in their last four games at Staples Center, all one-goal decisions. Cheap NBA Hoodies . Now, with Game 6 set for Fenway Park and an 8:07 p.m. ET first pitch, the Detroit Tigers face the unenviable task of having to beat the Boston Red Sox twice, on the road, to advance to the World Series. Nike NBA Jerseys China . 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Australian coach Mal Meninga has hailed the Kangaroos spine of Darius Boyd, Cooper Cronk, Cameron Smith and Johnathan Thurston as the greatest hes ever seen in any team.Boyd was named man of the match in the 34-8 win over New Zealand in the Four Nations final at Anfield with Cronk voted man of the series after helping Australia return the summit of international rugby league.Smith and Thurston are certain to be in contention for rugby league Immortal status when their illustrious careers conclude and Meninga admitted he was in awe of his players.It was a great performance and sitting back and watching these guys play is a real pleasure, Meninga said.I havent seen too many better spines in our game or in international rugby league.I know how special it is to put on the green and gold jersey on for Cameron, Cooper, Darius and John - they are extraordinarily good players and great fellas and always seem to perform when it matters.That is how you judge a player and everything they have done in their lives has been surrounded by success.The Kangaroos squad has been rated by senior players and the mmost united and harmonious they have ever known and Meninga credited the whole team for buying in to what he preaches.ddddddddddddThe last couple of weeks I have been really happy with the performances, he said.Everyone, the whole 24 were part of the team, everyone got a game, which is important and at the end of the day the guys who ran onto the field were playing for the group.I couldnt be happier as a coach.Skipper Smith, a veteran of 10 State of Origin series successes and a World Cup, said the tour ranks alongside some of his best moments of in a 15-year career.It ranks quite highly, given the transformation of the team this year, Smith said.Theres been a lot of new faces, a new coaching staff and its been a seamless transition.Its one on the happiest and tight-knit groups I have been involved with.The win also saw Australia usurp New Zealand as the No.1-ranked team in the world in front of a crowd of over 40,000 at the home of Premier League club Liverpool FC. 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