Third line producing some offense

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.’’

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