When the Kings faced the Red Wings on Tuesday night, it looked like Mike Richards’ scoring slump was over. But after some reviewing, the goal originally thought to be his was actually awarded to Drew Doughty, who has now racked up his second goal in the month of March.
Although Los Angeles fans were thrilled about a 5-2 victory over Detroit, the team has to evaluate their players’ performances and team chemistry on the ice. Richards has scored only one goal since Christmas, leaving him stranded with a 25 game no-goal streak. Since joining the Kings, he has only managed to score 14 goals in 62 games. In the meantime, Wayne Simmonds and Brayden Schenn–who were traded for Richards–are performing quite nicely in Philadelphia, recording 31 combined goals so far this season.
But to Richards’ credit, he did perform well against the Blackhawks Sunday night, scoring the game winning shootout goal in Chicago. It’s not that he’s not capable of scoring, but the team chemistry continues to lack, especially on the offensive side. However the addition of Jeff Carter has made a big difference–he’s already earned a total of five goals in his first nine games with the Kings. Three of those goals were in consecutive games after scoring an empty netter against Detroit.
The Kings are still fighting for a playoff spot and currently stand at 11th place. But there’s really no reason to be concerned at this point–Los Angeles, Calgary, and San Jose have all earned 78 points this season. Eighth place Colorado has 80 points under its belt, which means the Kings could jump up very quickly depending on their performance, as well as others’ scores throughout the rest of the season.
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