Interesting nugget here by John Buccigross. Jeff Carter accounts one-fifth on the Kings goal scoring this season after scoring twice in LA’s 5-0 win over Colorado.
Of the 131 goals the Kings have scored – which is 22nd in the NHL – 26 have come from Carter. He’s one of just two Kings with double-digit goals this season, the other being Tanner Pearson (15). Carter has assisted on 20 other goals for Los Angeles this season.
And forget MVP votes as Bucci put it, Carter deserves to be right in the thick of the Hart Trophy conversation alongside Sidney Crosby, Brent Burns, and Connor McDavid. Carter has carried the Kings this season, a campaign in which LA has seen starting goaltender Jonathan Quick play all of one period while Tyler Toffoli, Matt Greene, and Marian Gaborik miss significant time to injury. Without the 32-year-old forward, there’s no way the Kings hold their current standing of seventh in the West.