Per radio voice Nick Nickson, the Kings’ unofficial statistician and historian, the Kings aren’t merely scoring more since they acquired Jeff Carter. They’re scoring more than anyone else in the Western Conference. Nick ran the numbers, and the Kings have scored 42 goals in their last 12 games, for an average of 3.5 goals per game. During that span — meaning, since Feb. 25 — the only team to average more goals is Pittsburgh, who have averaged 4.25 goals over the last 12 games. The next-best team in the West is Nashville, which has averaged 3.17 goals. After practice today, Justin Williams agreed with the popular theory, that Carter’s addition has provided balance to the offensive attack.
WILLIAMS: “I think we seem to trust each other a lot more on the ice. We’re doing our own jobs, and trusting that other people are going to do theirs. I think, because of that, we’re reading off of each other pretty good and moving our feet. We’re working together as units out there.’’
Williams indicated that while he’s pleased with the recent offensive numbers, it’s the remaining games — not the previous 12 — that will end up determining how the Kings’ season is remembered.
WILLIAMS: “That’s when you find out what kind of team you have, is in crunch time and in situations where wins are at a premium and you need to win. We’re doing well right now. We’re going to find out what we’re made of in the last nine games.’’