Can Trent Hunter give the Kings what they’re searching for, in terms of secondary scoring? Hunter, signed to a one-year contract after he came to training camp as a non-roster player, has proven to be a former capable of scoring 12-20 goals in the post-lockout NHL. He had one goal in 17 games with the New York Islanders last season, before a serious knee injury, but had been a double-digit scorer in every full season before that. Hunter has zero goals and one assist in five games this season, and will be returning to the lineup after a five-game absence as a healthy scratch…
HUNTER: “I think part of it, when you are sitting out, is that you do have to focus a little bit more. When you do get that call, you want to be as mentally and physically ready as you can be. I think I’ve done a good job of staying ready, and I’m definitely ready to get back in and contribute as much as possible tonight.’’
Question: This line, with Clifford and Stoll, it’s two guys who can play in their own end but also score a little bit, right?
HUNTER: “Absolutely. You get Cliffy in there to crash and bang, and he’s got a great shot too. They’re both offensive guys, and Stolly creates a lot. Regardless of who you’re playing with, you always want to be good in your own end. You take care of your own end, and then the other end will hopefully take care of itself.’’