CALGARY, AB -- Perhaps no team will see a bigger bump from the three-week break during the 2014 Sochi Olympics than the Los Angeles Kings.
The Kings, who sent six players to Sochi, slumped to an NHL-worst 2-8-0 record in the 10 games heading to the Olympic break and scored just 13 goals during that span. It didn’t take long for Los Angeles to kick right back up, beating the Colorado Avalanche 6-4 on Wednesday night.
The club sits third in the Pacific Division with 70 points, five more than the fourth-place Vancouver Canucks.
This Season: 31-22-6, 68 points (7th in West)
Last Season: 27-16-5, 59 points (5th in West)
Notable Injuries: None
Flames Season Series Record: 2-0-0
Heading into Sochi Doughty had three points in four games, but it’s his work with Team Canada that has the 24-year-old riding high when the NHL schedule resumes. Doughty finished sixth overall in Olympic scoring with four goals and two assists in six points en route to helping Canada to back-to-back golds. He also added an assist in Wednesday’s win over Colorado.
The Olympic rest could do Richards well. The 29-year-old slumped into the break, snapping a seven-game pointless streak with an assist in the Kings’ final game before Sochi. He also added another Wednesday against the Avalanche. His seven goals in 59 games also puts Richards on pace for the lowest total of his career, too.
THREE PLAYERS TO WATCH
In five games with Slovenia at the Olympics, Kopitar recorded two goals and three points before bowing out to Sweden in the quarterfinal. He hasn’t done too shabby through 60 games with the Kings either, pacing the team with 50 points, including three against the Avalanche.
Carter, like Doughty and Kopitar, had a strong showing in Sochi. The 29-year-old had three goals and five points in six games en route to earning his second gold medal. Carter has hit the 20-goal plateau for the seventh straight season and his goal against Colorado gives him a team-leading 21.
Though Quick left Sochi without a medal, it wasn’t from a lack of performance from the goaltender. In five games, the 28-year-old posted a 2.17 goals against average and .923 save percentage. The stretch could jumpstart his NHL slump, where Quick has lost four of his past five starts and eight of his past 10.