Here is Anze Kopitar’s season, by the numbers…
October: 21 points in 14 games
November: 12 points in 13 games
December: 6 points in 14 games
January: 14 points in 12 games
So, Kopitar is back on a point-per-game pace for the first time since early in the season, and Terry Murray doesn’t think the numbers lie…
MURRAY: “I think he, personally, is playing as well, absolutely. He’s skating, he wants the puck. He has the puck on his stick, he’s attacking hard through the middle of the ice, challenging defensemen, and that’s the stuff that we saw in the early part of the year.
“There’s no question that when you go through the early part of the year, and then you lose both your wingers at different times, it definitely messes up some chemistry. With the two guys that are there right now, there’s new energy. They’re working very hard, trying to play hard for each other, two young guys who are trying to show the coaching staff that they’re responsible players and they’re capable of playing on a higher line. That elevates everybody, and that certainly has brought Kopi back to life, in my opinion.”