As the Los Angeles Kings try and hold on to a playoff spot in a Western Conference that gets tighter every day, the recent hot streak of Justin Williams has been a big help. After only scoring one goal through February, Williams caught fire in March and has carried his hot streak over into the final month of the season. The veteran winger has a goal in each of the Kings’ last four games and is now the second-leading scorer on a deep Kings’ team. Anze Kopitar leads the team with 10 goals and 32 points, but Williams is now right behind him with eight goals and 25 points. The performance of these players enabled the Kings to stay quiet at the trade deadline and hope their current roster can continue to deliver.
Fourteen players have now scored in double digits for the Kings, who look ready to rely on depth heading into the playoffs again this season. Williams is seeing top line time with Kopitar and captain Dustin Brown, a line that is currently one of the hottest in the Western Conference. Brown has three goals in the past five games and scored eight times in March. Leading goal scorer Jeff Carter (20) joins Mike Richards and rookie Tyler Toffoli for an incredibly dangerous second line.
The Kings face a critical stretch of their season beginning Thursday night when they host the Minnesota Wild. Eleven of their 12 remaining games are against teams with a shot to make the playoffs, so scoring from Williams, Kopitar and the rest of the Kings’ loaded offense will be crucial if the team hopes to hold on to a top playoff spot.