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Five days before this season's lackluster trade deadline, the Los Angeles Kings swung for the fences and acquired Jeff Carter from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Jack Johnson and a first round pick. Carter would rejoin former Philadelphia Flyers captain Mike Richards in what looked like a perfect fit for both sides.
Thirteen games later, Carter has helped revitalize a stagnant offense, helping the Kings to reach their potential as a Western Conference contender.
Carter scored six goals and nine points thus far but that number hasn't quite painted a good enough picture of his impact on his new team. Over that span, the Kings have tallied 44 goals which averages out to 3.38 notches per game. Compare that to the 123 goals the team scored over their previous 61 games-- which comes out to 2.01 goals every night-- and the team has a chance to win every night. Furthermore, in these 13 games, the Kings have scored 35 percent of their entire season's output.
Although Carter rarely played with Richards at even strength last season, the two have been exclusively paired together while in the City of Angels. The reunited tandem has helped captain Dustin Brown to move back onto a line with Anze Kopitar, establishing two legitimate scoring threats. And while the Kings currently sit in 27th in goal scoring, they have a chance to finish out of the bottom five by the season's end.
Most of the campaign, the Kings have gotten by on the Vezina Trophy worthy play of Jonathan Quick. The starting goalie, who just turned 26 in January, finds himself in the top five in goals against average and save percentage while tying Henrik Lundqvist with eight shutouts. Clearly he gives his club a chance to win every time he gets between the pipes. However, with a little more goal support, this team now has a legitimate chance to succeed.
That glimmer of hope recently manifested itself into a surprising Pacific Division lead following last night's epic shootout win over the Western Conference leading St. Louis Blues. Neither offense mustered anything past both Quick and fellow All-Star netminder Brian Elliott, however, the result has to be pleasing. Following 65 minutes of scoreless play, in which Elliott and Quick turned aside 37 and 35 shots each, respectively, the Kings sealed their sixth win in a row.
And who scored the eventual game winner? Jeff Carter, of course. Even though that goal won't show up in his season totals, its significance could be the season's high point. With one game in hand on the Phoenix Coyotes, are you willing to bet against a team that now boasts elite netminding, solid defense and now several offensive weapons?
BEST OF MAXIM
Before the season, the Los Angeles Kings were expected to be one of the top teams in the NHL. Some 70-plus games later and the Kings are fighting desperately to even grab a playoff spot. This has clearly been an underwhelming season for the guys from LA, but at least one positive has arisen through all the mediocrity. The team added forward Jeff Carter from Columbus at the NHL trade...
Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Bernier's mask has come under fire from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
Bernier's mask featured the iconic "Hollywood" sign on the upper lefthand side, causing the organization to file a complaint, the Kings' website reported.
After seeing a picture of the mask in the Los Angeles Times, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce...
In one night, the Los Angeles Kings made the leap from eighth to third in the Western Conference standings by taking over the Pacific Division lead. Jonathan Quick made it happen with one of his most memorable outings, tying the team record for shutouts in a season the process.
Quick held his own in a brilliant goaltending duel Thursday night with Brian Elliott, making 35 saves...
Last night, the Los Angeles Kings and their superhuman goaltender, Jonathan Quick, earned their sixth consecutive win by shutting out the number one team in the league, the St. Louis Blues. The game was scoreless until the shootout, as you would expect in a battle between the league’s top two defensive teams. Newly acquired forward, Jeff Carter, had the game winner after going...
For about an hour Thursday night, the Los Angeles Kings had slipped into ninth place in the Western Conference.
When the ice scrapings had finally settled after their stomach-churning 1-0 shootout win over the NHL-leading St. Louis Blues at Staples Center, they had leapt all the way into the number three seeding by virtue of their sixth straight win since a 4-3 loss in Detroit on...
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jonathan Quick held his own in a brilliant goaltending duel with Brian Elliott, posting his franchise record-tying eighth shutout of the season for the Los Angeles Kings, and Jeff Carter got the deciding goal in the fourth round of a shootout for a 1-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues.
The Kings took over first place in the Pacific Division with their season...
Blues coach Ken Hitchcock liked his team's challenge Thursday night, a meeting with the high-flying Los Angeles Kings.
Hitchcock hasn't been happy with the Blues' compete level the past few games, and with the Kings riding a five-game winning streak, they would force his club to find its edge.
It's bizarre to think that the Blues located it while being shut out...
Jonathan Quick held his own in a brilliant goaltending duel with Brian Elliott, posting his franchise record-tying eighth shutout of the season for the Los Angeles Kings, and Jeff Carter scored the deciding goal in the fourth round of a shootout in a 1-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.
The Kings took over first place in the Pacific Division with their season...
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Jonathan Quick held his own in a brilliant goaltending duel with Brian Elliott, posting his franchise record-tying eighth shutout of the season for the Los Angeles Kings, and Jeff Carter scored the deciding goal in the fourth round of a shootout in a 1-0 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Thursday night.
The Kings took over first place in the Pacific Division...
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce was upset over Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Bernier‘s mask. The netminder's graphics included the iconic 'Hollywood' sign...which is trademarked by the Chamber....
Full story at Bob's Blitz ~ http://www.bobsblitz.com
It's a brand-new episode of All The Kings Men with Podcaster General, Jesse Cohen, Matt from Life In Hockeywood and myself talking the LA Kings 5 game win-streak, the beast mode of Anze Kopitar and how the new NHL Stanley Cup ads offend our very being. Plus, we are joined by Brad Lee from the great St. Louis Blues blog St. Louis Game Time to talk tonight's matchup and...
Maintaining their spot among the top eight teams in the Western Conference remains the primary focus for the Los Angeles Kings. Avoiding a first-round matchup with the West-leading St. Louis Blues might also be worth thinking about.
Hoping to better their playoff position, the Kings look to extend their season-best winning streak to six games when they host the Blues in a potential...
Sitting in a first-place tie in the Pacific Division, the Los Angeles Kings seem to have hit their stride at just the right time.
The Boston Bruins could ultimately have difficultly maintaining their Northeast Division lead given their recent efforts on the road.
On the verge of their longest winning streak in more than two years, the Kings look to keep things going Saturday night...
Buffalo have played New York three times this season, but have lost each time. Ryan Callahan has scored the game-winning goal in each of the three games, a streak that will look to be broken by Buffalo tonight.
Last night, the Los Angeles Kings took on St.Louis, the top team in the Western Conference. It was a great game to watch as Quick and Elliot were on top of their game....