It’s been noted before, how the emergence of a threatening second line — centered by Mike Richards — might help the Kings create the type of lineup balance that they have so often lacked this season. The theory is that having two scoring lines would make the Kings tougher to defend, and would take some pressure off the Anze Kopitar-centered first line, since opponents would have more to worry about. Darryl Sutter had a different take.
“I hope they put some pressure on them,’’ Sutter said, referring to Kopitar’s line, presumably meaning that if Richards’ line performs, Kopitar’s line will feel pressure to keep up pace. It’s part of Sutter’s continuing tough-love message to Kopitar and his linemates. That said, Sutter seems pleased with the extra dimension that Carter has brought to the Kings.
SUTTER: “It just gives you a different look at ice level, in terms of speed and the skill set that he brings. It’s just a different look. The Getzlaf line and Richards line were dominant lines (Saturday) night. When they were on the ice, they dominated, both lines. That means you can spread it around.’’