April 8, 2014 |
CALGARY, Canada - The numbers are quite close to his point total two years ago, then considered a downward trend for a big-name center. At least there was a tangible reason for the Kings' center Mike Richards' recording 44 points in 74 games in 2011-12. He missed most of December of that season because of a concussion, probably came back too quickly and didn't really find his form until he dominated the likes of the Vancouver Canucks' Ryan Kesler in the opening round of the playoffs.
April 12, 2012 |
VANCOUVER, Canada — The gaps between goals grew longer for Mike Richards than seemed possible for one of the NHL's premier two-way centers, capped by a 26-game famine from mid-January to mid-March. There's more to his game, but the Kings needed him to fortify what they tried to pass off as an offense. And he knew his struggles meant opponents could key on Anze Kopitar and more easily shut the Kings down. "You don't want to lose confidence. You start looking at the stat sheet maybe and get frustrated," Richards said.
March 21, 2014 |
One of the supposed byproducts of the Kings acquiring Marian Gaborik was the notion that forwards Jeff Carter and Mike Richards could resume their partnership, helping shake Richards out of a prolonged slump. It hasn't quite happened. Richards has three goals in 2014 - nine in all this season - and has no points in the last six games since scoring the game-winner at Winnipeg on March 6. In the last five games, Carter has one assist, but he did score in the shootout of Thursday's win against Washington.
October 15, 2011 |
When: 4 p.m. Where: Wells Fargo Center. On the air: TV: Fox Sports West. Radio: KTLK (1150) Records: Kings 1-1-1; Flyers 3-0-0. Update: Mike Richards, the return. Funny how the lone Kings-Flyers game this season happens to come so quickly as Richards plays against his former team for the first time. The Kings acquired Richards in June in exchange for Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds, and the deal carried more than the usual baggage. Richards was asked about how he was planning to handle the homecoming.
March 6, 2014 |
WINNIPEG, Canada -- Excitement and relief were the twin emotions hitting Kings center Mike Richards after he scored a big second-period goal, which turned out to be the game winner in a 3-1 victory against the Winnipeg Jets. Goals and consistency have been hard to come by for Richards in what has been a long and difficult season. He grew up in Kenora, Ontario, about 130 miles away from MTS Center and arranged for about 24 tickets for family and friends Thursday night. This time, he didn't try to create a play after jumping on a turnover in the neutral zone, letting instinct take over, ripping a shot past Jets goalie Ondrej Pavelec from the left circle.
January 8, 2014 |
KINGS TONIGHT VS. BOSTON When: 7:30. On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 1150. Update: The Kings have won once in their last seven games, and the curious slump of center Mike Richards extends beyond that stretch. Richards has one assist in the last 12 games and has not scored since Nov. 25 at Vancouver, a 19-game drought. Forward Milan Lucic of the Bruins, who missed the loss at Anaheim on Tuesday because of illness, practiced Wednesday and is expected to play against the Kings.
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 6, 2013 |
— Kings forwards Jeff Carter and Mike Richards know their lines, take their cues from one another and usually not much goes wrong if they feel like improvising. The rest of the cast, at times, seems a little lost. Left wing Matt Frattin is the latest forward trying to figure out the script with Richards and Carter. In two games, Frattin has two assists, one at even strength, the other on the power play. It's a tough assignment, but there have been moments of understanding on the two-game trip, a win and a loss.
April 13, 2013 |
The man knows his entertainment, his sport and his theater. "I hope we get to play him a few more times … this year," Kings Coach Darryl Sutter said. Sutter was speaking about the Kings and Anaheim, and specifically, the Ducks' incomparable Teemu Selanne. The pause was a creative way of throwing puck proceedings forward to the playoffs, going beyond the finale of this regular-season series between the Kings and Ducks. This, in fact, was Saturday morning, many hours before the Kings' hard-fought and tense 2-1 victory over the Ducks, which featured one waved-off goal and enough emotion to fill the cavernous Staples Center, a rarity in the regular season.