Among the positives for the Kings in the recent games, the biggest and most important might be the scoring production from the third line. Trevor Lewis scored a goal at Nashville during the previous road trip, and Dustin Penner has scored a goal in each of the last two games. Penner, in particular, has looked more aggressive and energetic, and has been rewarded with a couple goals after a five-week drought. Darryl Sutter was asked the million-dollar question, about what differences he might have seen in Penner’s game of late.
SUTTER: “It’s probably just a little more confidence, or maybe (being) a little more assertive.’’
In any event, discussion of third-line scoring dove-tails with the talk about Jeff Carter, in that the Kings’ goal is to get more balanced scoring, something that helps first-line players such as Justin Williams…
WILLIAMS: “I think it was really big for Stolly’s line to score a few goals the last couple games. They’ve been working so hard, and for them to come through with two really big goals for us, I think it’s huge for the balance of our team, and to make everybody feel like they’re contributing.’’