Anze Kopitar and fellow center Mike Richards account for nearly a third of all Kings goals this season. Richards is out with a head injury. Kopitar, while assisting his teammates often, has not been able to find the back of the net since November 22.
Kopitar has never scored less than 20 goals in a season. During his rookie campaign he netted 20 while playing in just 72 games. He peaked at 34 goals two seasons ago. His scoring touch has been missed in the last five consecutive Kings losses, and all who back the Kings are eagerly awaiting its return.
With no clear timetable for Richards’ return to the ice, the Kings’ second leading goal scorer has got to begin to put the puck past the
netminder, or the Kings slide will continue. His teammates can certainly help the situation by continuing to put pressure on opposing goalies (the Kings shot 41 times against Tuukka Rask and the Bruins), but ultimately, the former 11th overall draft pick and one of the most talented offensive players in the league needs to regain his scoring prowess.
As Kopitar goes, so will the Kings. Make no mistake, Kopitar has continued to contribute to the Kings offense. He has four
assists in their last six games. He’s also taken 94 shots on goal this season, easily the most on the team, and 19 in the last six contests. It’s just that as one of the leading goal scorers on this team over the past several seasons, the Kings and their fans are looking for Kopitar to have more than his share of the team’s scoring success.