The Los Angeles Kings have had a terrible start to this shortened NHL season, with just three wins in their first ten games going into Monday night’s game against the St. Louis Blues. Los Angeles was able, at least for one night, to get back on track with a 4-1 win over St. Louis. Jeff Carter scored twice for the Kings in the win to increase his goal total for the season to six. Carter is one of those players who must show veteran leadership and help to get the Kings out of their current slump.
Carter is in his eighth year in the NHL and has shown in the past that he can score in bunches, including a 46-goal season during the 2008-09 season. It is going to take players like Carter to keep this team in the playoff chase while the team’s other stars get their act together and play better. Carter has proved that he can handle the pressure of being with a large-market team before, and is making the Kings look smart for acquiring him last season.
Los Angeles is going to have to have more of these types of nights on a more consistent basis, while St. Louis may have just hit a bump in the road. This season proves, however, that every game is very important for gaining any points possible. There are just not as many chances to get two points as they would be in a regular season. This was a huge win for the Kings and a great night for Carter to go with it.