June 4, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings head coach Darryl Sutter (middle) talks to his players Mike Richards (10) , Jeff Carter (77) and Dustin Penner (25) during the third period in game three of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals against the New Jersey Devils at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Carter and Richards Rediscovering That Brotherly Love

March 20, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings center Jeff Carter (77) and center Mike Richards (10) celebrate after scoring against the San Jose Sharks during the first period at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

For the first weeks of the season, it was frustrating to watch Mike Richards find his groove on the ice for the Los Angeles Kings. Jeff Carter, on the other hand, didn’t have any such issues as he has been contributing very nicely to the Kings offense in this his first full season in Los Angeles. But there was a chemistry between Carter and Richards that we saw when the pair were in Philadelphia but not so much this season. That trend, however, has started to change.

Many of Jeff Carter’s early goals this season have come without the help of Mike Richards. Sure, a goal’s a goal and the Kings will happily take it but this is a team effort and the more certain tandems can begin gelling, the better.

Last game in Calgary, Mike Richards set his linemate up with a beautiful one-time that resulted in a goal and while it’s premature to get our hopes a couple of goals and two-straight wins, the last week for the Los Angeles Kings has shown that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

While it may not be the only reason he was brought to Los Angeles, having already played so efficiently with Mike Richards in Philly was a significant reason why Jeff Carter became a King last February.

While the last few games may not be a sign of what to expect every night, it looks as though as if Carter and Richards finding their groove again is rubbing off on the rest of the team. Their linemate Trevor Lewis is even becoming noticeable out on the ice, scoring his first goal of the season against the Flames on Wednesday and if the smoothness of said line is any indication, it certainly won’t be his last.

The Los Angeles Kings started the season off slow which prompted countless skeptics to believe this team was nothing more than a flash-in-the-pan. While they still a lot of work to do to get where they want to be, the Kings are certainly showing signs of improving and as long as Richards and Carter can continue their on-ice synergy, it’s anyone’s guess as to how to stop the reigning champions.

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