October 24 postgame notes, videos
-The Kings improved to 79-93-32 (W-L-T/OTL) against the Phoenix franchise, which includes a record of 44-41-16 at home. The Kings are 7-1-0 in their last eight meetings against the Coyotes at STAPLES Center.
-The last time the Kings scored seven goals in one game was on April 1, 2010, when they defeated the Canucks 8-3 at home behind Dustin Brown’s hat trick and four-point night.
-Dwight King earned his first career hat trick in Thursday’s win. The goals were the 11th, 12th and 13th goals of his career. His three goals came on three shots, which means he now has four goals on 13 shots this season (30.8%).
-Mike Richards scored his 28th career short-handed goal, which ties him with Martin St. Louis for the most amongst active players. It was Richards’ first shorthanded goal since March 30, 2012, when he tallied one in a 4-1 win at Edmonton.
-Anze Kopitar has six points in his last three games (1-5=6). He has 47 career points (14-33-47) in 45 career games against Phoenix, his highest point total against any NHL club.
-Justin Williams has six points in his last three games (2-4=6).
-The Kings scored four goals in a period for the first time since accomplishing the feat on back-to-back nights on March 4, 2013 (third period; 5-1 W vs NAS) and March 5, 2013 (third period; 6-4 W vs STL).
-The Kings won 33-of-58 faceoffs. Amongst regular performers, Mike Richards was 3-of-5, Anze Kopitar was 15-of-26, Colin Fraser was 2-of-4, Jarret Stoll was 9-of-17, and Jeff Carter was 4-of-6.
-Drew Doughty was a plus-4 for the first time in his career. He led all skaters with 27:23 of ice time.
-Radim Vrbata was a minus-4.
-Robyn Regehr finished tied with a game-high five hits with Martin Hanzal and Rob Klinkhammer.
The Kings have a day off on Friday, October 25. Their next practice is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 26 at the Toyota Sports Center.