January 18, 2012 5:30 pm

Williams’ numbers coming around

In early-season discussions of Kings forwards who were under-achieving, Justin Williams’ name had to be near the top of the list. A 22-goal scorer last season, Williams had six goals in his first 42 games this season. In his last five games, however, Williams has three goals (plus four assists). That’s the type of scoring the Kings desperately need, and perhaps it’s no coincidence that Williams’ scoring burst coincided with his return to the top line, alongside Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown. Kopitar was asked today what type of look Williams brings to the line…

KOPITAR: “He brings a lot of composure and playmaking ability. He doesn’t give up the puck as easily as you might think sometimes. Granted, he’s not the biggest guy, but he holds onto it pretty good and protects it real well. He makes those five-, 10-foot passes that turn out to be huge plays, or plays that lead to a 2-on-1 or a 3-on-2.”

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