After one of his worst starts to a season ever, Justin Williams is finally starting to look like he’s back in form for the Los Angeles Kings. After tallying only one goal in the first two months of the season, Williams scored five times in March including goals in each of the last two games. For a Kings team that relies on scoring depth in addition to stars like Jeff Carter and Dustin Brown, Williams’ improvement comes at a great time while the team makes a push for the postseason.
Fifteen of Williams’ 23 points came in March and four games saw him register two points or more. He had a goal in Thursday’s win over the St. Louis Blues and added another in a Saturday shootout loss to the Minnesota Wild after a five-game scoring drought. His slow start had been a concern for a Kings team that got 22 goals from the veteran winger in each of the past two seasons.
Goaltender Jonathan Quick has also risen to the task lately after seeing Jonathan Bernier outperform him for most of the season. He is now 2-2-1 in his last five starts and definitely benefits from the recent increase in offensive production.
While the Kings didn’t get a win on Saturday, they got a valuable point by taking the game past regulation. They currently sit fifth in the Western Conference standings by one point and will need continued scoring from Williams, Carter and Brown the rest of the season if they hope to hold on to that spot.