EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- For a team that has averaged nearly four goals for the past five games, the Los Angeles Kings are slightly concerned. Coach Darryl Sutter wants more production from his top players and needs them to take pressure off their six available defensemen.
Going into Thursday against the Carolina Hurricanes at Staples Center, left wing Tanner Pearson has one point and no goals in 11 games. Captain Dustin Brown has three goals in 19 games. Center Mike Richards has two goals and is a minus-5 in 19 games.
Pearson didn't know if he was in the lineup Thursday. The Kings did not have full participation and most players came off the ice at the same time. But Pearson is aware he's hit a valley.
"I just kind of got away from my game a little bit," Pearson said. "My game is a lot of forecheck and winning battles, and when I'm not winning those battles, I'm really not being productive. I've got to get back to that and do it tonight."