The Los Angeles Kings had a tough go at things early on in the season.
After stumbling out of the gate, including a 5-2 drubbing at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks on Opening Day, the Kings seem to have figured it out. They’re winners of five consecutive games and really look like they’re rounding back into the form that won them a Stanley Cup last season.
Right in the middle of it all are the likes of Anze Kopitar and Jeff Carter, who have picked up and carried a team that was pretty stagnant offensively.
Kopitar has come into the lineup and has starred almost every single night he’s been on the ice. And that comes after a knee injury put him out for the first couple weeks of the season. He injured his knee playing over in Europe on the day that the lockout came to an end, ironically enough.
In 17 games this season, Kopitar has 17 points. He’s been especially hot of late, with a four-game point streak that has seen him notch eight points. It’s his second four-game point streak of the month of February. Between his offensive numbers and his extremely impressive play in the defensive end, Kopitar continues to prove that he’s elite on a nightly basis.
As far as Jeff Carter goes, let’s just say that the Kings continue to make Scott Howson look shameful even in unemployment. It’s hard to believe that the Kings gave up Jack Johnson to acquire Carter, who has been very solid to start the season. To this point, he’s second on the team in points, behind Kopitar.
Carter has 13 points on the year, 11 of which are goals, which leaves him in the top 10 in that category. He’s also picked up his play, with a five-game point streak of his own, though only one of those games is a multi-point game. Unlike Kopitar, who has three of them in his last four games. Either way, the Kings will take it.
It’s no coincidence that in these past few games, where Kopitar and Carter have picked up their offensive games and loaded the box score up with points, that the Kings are finding success. They’ve won five in a row and look to be gaining momentum, rather than slowing down.