Before the Kings’ Jan. 9 game against Washington, Darryl Sutter made line-combination changes, and put right winger Justin Williams on the first line, alongside left winger Dustin Brown and center Anze Kopitar. Williams caught fire. Before that game, Williams had massively underachieved, with six goals and 18 assists in his first 42 games. Now, in his last nine games, Williams has four goals and seven assists, and has recorded at least one point in each of those nine games. Williams’ potential is clear. He scored 22 goals last season and is a two-time 30-goal scorer. Sutter was asked about the recent improvement in Williams’ game, and the reason for it.
SUTTER: “Confidence, without any doubt. I don’t think it’s just so much that he has produced offensively in the last few games. I think it’s just confidence, the whole last 15 games. You can just see that he feels better about himself, feels better about his game.’’