November 18, 2013 |
What happened after one half of the successful Jeff Carter - Mike Richards collaboration disappeared from the ice? The impact on Richards and the Kings was not as dramatic as conventional wisdom predicted. Carter, who has a fractured foot, last played on Oct. 30 against the San Jose Sharks. Since then, Richards has eight points in seven games, including three goals. Not only was there the loss of Carter, but there was the adjustment period with linemates Dwight King and Tyler Toffoli . Toffoli has been held off the score sheet just once since he joined the Kings from the minors on Nov. 2. "It's tough just getting familiar with who you are playing with - I think Toffoli's done a really good job, having a similar game to Jeff, just a little bit different," Richards said.
November 17, 2013 |
NEW YORK -- This trip started in upstate New York, a cold goalie coming off the bench in overtime because of an injury to the starter and then staring down the barrel of a shootout. Fast-forward a few days and Ben Scrivens, the man who came in from the cold when Jonathan Quick was injured in Buffalo, became the hottest goalie in the NHL, winning three starts in four nights, including consecutive shutouts. Scrivens recorded his third shutout with an aggressive and often spectacular showing in the Kings' 1-0 victory against the New York Rangers on Sunday night, facing 37 shots.
November 8, 2013 |
They are hockey's equivalent of a quick cleaning, a sure-fire way to spiff up the place before getting to the serious stuff later. Yes, things often look a lot better after a game against the struggling Buffalo Sabres. The Kings have been struggling on the penalty kill, dealing with injuries to forwards Jeff Carter and Jarret Stoll and defenseman Matt Greene and inconsistency. Those concerns eased Thursday night after the Kings beat Buffalo, 2-0, sparked by power-play goals from centers Mike Richards and Anze Kopitar at Staples Center.
October 24, 2013 |
The Kings' worst droughts came to an end Thursday on a night they also pulled out of a stunning free-fall against the Phoenix Coyotes. Centers Anze Kopitar and Mike Richards scored their first goals of the season and Matt Frattin scored for the first time as a King in the 7-4 victory at Staples Center. Dwight King punctuated the triumph with an empty-net goal that gave him his first career hat trick. Richards' and Frattin's goals came earlier in the third period, saving the Kings (7-4-0)
October 18, 2013 |
NASHVILLE - To even reach the highlight package known as the shootout - in which Anze Kopitar won it for the Kings in the third round - the Kings had to do some decidedly unglamorous and old-school work Thursday night. The Kings had to kill off a four-on-three in overtime against Nashville, which meant facing the weapon of defenseman Shea Weber's shot. They may not have emerged unscathed, but they survived and won, 2-1, in a shootout against the Predators at Bridgestone Arena, giving them three wins on this four-game trip and four out of five overall.