Carter-mania! Post-game bullets

  • Last night, Jeff Carter scored maybe the most sheepish hat-trick I’ve ever seen.
  • With 14 goals in 20 games, Carter is on pace for 57 goals in an 82 game season.
  • In celebration of the four goals by ex-Flyers, here’s a link to the freshly-updated Philly West page, with new graphics.
  • The Kings jump to third in the conference in points-blown. 5th in the official standings.
  • 4 points-blown separate 3rd from 12th.
  • Kings are 3rd in the conference in ROWs and goal-differential, two important tie-breakers.
  • SEASON SERIES WEIRDNESS: The Kings finally beat Nashville, having dropped the first two games in the season series. Which of course means the season series is…tied? Yes, because the first game at Staples doesn’t count.
  • No more Nashville. See you next season (or in the playoffs?).
  • Matt Moulson is 12th in the league in scoring. Teddy Purcell is 21st. Brayden Schenn is 31st. Anze Kopitar is 34th.
  • Carter is 2nd in goals, with 14, three behind Steven Stamkos (who has played two more games).
  • Carter leads the lead in game-winners, with 5. Wayne Simmonds has 3.
  • Kopitar and Purcell are tied for 12th in power-play assists (7 each).
  • Kings’ top +-/60 players, in descending order: Slava Voynov, Justin Williams, Davis Drewiske, Jake Muzzin, Kopitar.
  • Top PTS/60 (even strength): Kyle Clifford, Carter, Kopitar.
  • Forwards drawing the toughest matchups (QUALCOMP): Kopitar, Williams, Dustin Brown.
  • Forwards drawing second toughest matchups (QUALCOMP): Mike Richards, Carter, Dustin Penner.
  • Forwards drawing third toughest matchups (QUALCOMP): Clifford, Jordan Nolan, Dwight King.
  • Forwards drawing the easiest matchups (QUALCOMP): Trevor Lewis, Colin Fraser, Jarret Stoll, with Stoll bringing up the rear.
  • Forwards benefiting from playing with the highest rated teammates (QUALTEAM): Brown, King and Stoll.
  • I won’t even say it.
  • Jake Muzzin has been on the ice for 2 goals-against. Davis Drewiske, 3.
  • Jonathan Bernier leads all NHL goalies (5 game minimum) with a 5-on-5 GAA of 1.09.
 
  • SCSF

    “I won’t even say it.”

    Go Bernier!

  • Kings of Hockeywood

    “No more Nashville. See you next season (or in the playoffs?).”

    According to that idiot Mark Roe on NHL Network last night, that would be a rematch of last year’s Western Conference Final.

    His stupidity is only topped by whoever happens to be sitting to his left.

    NHL Live should be such a good show (I mean it’s SportsCenter just for hockey!) and yet it is pretty much unwatchably bad.

    • http://www.mcsorleys-stick.com/ Quisp

      The highlight format — using an extended narrative of clips with room to see plays develop — redeems the show almost entirely, in my opinion. Also, the stupid stuff they say is good for blog ideas.

      • Kings of Hockeywood

        Ha that is very true!

        • Kings of Hockeywood

          I guess I just got annoyed last night because seemingly everything they said about the Kings was wrong and I had to listen to them repeat it during both intermissions.

  • Kings of Hockeywood

    Some thoughts I have been having on Quick and Bernier at my blog if you’re interested:

    http://kingsofhockeywood.blogspot.com/2013/03/what-have-you-done-for-me-lately.html

  • https://twitter.com/BobKnob2point0 Bob Knob

    ugh, still so fucking pissed we traded Lokti and not Stoll (who, according to mayor, had 25 GM’s interested in him). FFFFF

    FFFF

    FFFFFFfffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff

    How nice would Lokti be with Toffoli? That’s a perfect match imo, and if 3rd line is getting the ezpz matchups, what’s the big deal? Great playmaker with a player who can snipe. You could even put Lewis out there to fetch pucks and cause turnovers.

    Instead we have an overpaid/overrated 3rd line center who can’t pass or stickhandle without rolling the puck.

    • https://twitter.com/BobKnob2point0 Bob Knob

      rawr

      • USHA#17

        The Kings have been grinding teams to the ice. Not a good fit for Loktionov. Right now its working. A shame time ran out with Loktionov but a change in chemistry wouldn’t make this team much better then it (currently) is. Wish they could have held him for another year.

        The Kings are pretty damn impressive at the moment. I didn’t just watch this game, I actually believed they could come back. St. Louis looked like the team coming off a back to back.

    • Kings of Hockeywood

      I think if Toffoli comes up he is more likely playing with Richards and Carter though.

      • http://www.mcsorleys-stick.com/ Quisp

        I doubt it. Carter and Toffoli are both pure snipers. And I’m sure Sutter will stick with his big body / playmaker / sniper recipe.

        • Kings of Hockeywood

          As long as Penner keeps playing like he has for the last 3 games, nobody is taking that spot from him, but if he were to let up, I can imagine a Richards-Carter-Toffoli line being nearly unstoppable (heck, Richards-Carter-whoever happens to be their other linemate has been pretty unstoppable for the last two weeks!).

  • USHA#17

    A few of my observations:

    The Kings are slow starters but the way they finish they look like one of the best conditioned teams in the West. Reminds me of three years ago when they first reentered the playoffs.

    Kopitar looks like he is playing through an injury. Hasn’t been the same since that run into the boards a few games ago.

    Muzzin…maybe Lombardi should offer him the same deal as Doughty. /s /s /s /s ……. /s

    Bernier had no support, nor did he remember to close the 5 hole.

    Penner has come to play lately. That behind the back pass attempt to Carter in the slot (hit a skate) was slick.

    Frasier has been a wonder surprise ever since last year’s end of season run. The names Moreau and Hunter are future trivia.

    With the winning streak some of the pressure is off and so is Brown’s game.