Lost in last night’s game — and understandably so, given the way it ended — was another solid effort by rookie winger Dwight King, who seems to have solidified his second-line role alongside Jeff Carter and Mike Richards. And while King isn’t dynamic as his linemates, an argument could be made that, overall, he has been the most effective member of the line in their games together. King scored a go-ahead goal in the third period last night, and in 13 games since being called up from the AHL, King has three goals and four assists. Over a full season, that projects to an 18-goal season. Admittedly, it’s a small sample size, but so far King has done well for himself by working hard in the corners and going to the net. That’s how he scored last night, on a rebound from Carter’s shot.
KING: “When you’re playing with players like Jeff and Mike, Jeff likes to shoot a lot and Mike is a passer, so I’m just trying to find spots in front of the net and get rebounds and get passes in that net-front area, and I got a rebound last night.’’
Question: Carter and Richards, they know each other so well on the ice. For you, is it a matter of communication, to learn about them and where they want you to be, that sort of thing?
KING: “They’re pretty simple guys. They work hard, that’s a key component of their game, so I’m just trying to read off them. Any time there is a loose puck in the corner, that’s where I like to contribute most of my work. Other than that, they communicate when they want me in certain places, but most of the time you can read off them because they’re predictable players.’’