October 21, 2011 4:45 pm

Richards boosting Kings in all areas

Mike Richards has yet to have a real “highlight’’ moment with the Kings, but the number of small, intelligent plays he makes is astoundingly high. Richards has essentially single-handedly boosted the Kings’ power play, as he has the first assist on four power-play goals this season — including Dustin Brown’s goal last night — and Richards is a key penalty-killer as well.

MURRAY: “He’s given us real good balance down the middle, there’s no question. With two guys who are No. 1 center icemen, it really means a lot to be able to come back with that second line now. It forces other teams to make a decision. He’s a great player, in the sense that he sees the ice and makes plays. You look at the play that he made on the power-play goal. A strong, strong move to take it to the net. So he brings a lot, and then at the end of the game you see he’s out on the ice protecting the lead. So I’m going to rely on him a lot.’’

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