Goals for: 2.60, ranked 17th
Power play: 21.0 percent, ranked 11th
The Kings aren't going to score as often as the Chicago Blackhawks or Pittsburgh Penguins, but it's realistic to expect them to rank closer to the top 10 in the NHL.
Darryl Sutter has shuffled lines to try to make that happen, which has seemed to help get his top three centers to light the lamp after starting the season cold.
At the start of 2013-14, the top line included Dustin Brown, Anze Kopitar and Justin Williams, as it did for much of the past couple of seasons. Now, Dwight King has moved up to take Brown's spot, a role King is capable of filling, though playing 20-plus minutes may be a tough task.
Meanwhile, Brown has performed better of late with a point in each of his last two games, playing mostly alongside Jarret Stoll and Trevor Lewis.
Unfortunately, Stoll left Saturday's game against Nashville with what's being called an upper-body injury and is day-to-day, according to NHL.com.
This brings us to Jeff Carter, who suffered a foot injury against the San Jose Sharks on October 30. Sutter was not made aware of the fact that Carter was placed on injured reserve until his post practice scrum on November 1. Sutter didn't shy away from sharing his disappointment with being informed of the injury by the media (via Chris Peters of CBS Sports).
I didn't know we lost him. We have several guys injured. If it's somebody in the organization that told you, then go talk to them. We haven't been told anything. I'm extremely disappointed the information was given to you before it's given to us. If it's coming from inside, that's disappointing. I have nothing to say about any of that stuff. That's disappointing. That's not how it's supposed to work.
No one should be surprised at how upset Sutter was, especially considering how important Carter is to the team. Hopefully this was an isolated case of miscommunication.
As for replacing Carter and Stoll, Tyler Toffoli and Linden Vey have been called up from Manchester. Vey has yet to play, but Toffoli looked great playing on a line with Mike Richards and Daniel Carcillo against the Predators.