EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – The stat sheet says Jeff Carter
has yet to produce a point in three games as a member of the Los Angeles Kings
But coach Darryl Sutter
isn’t concerned because Carter has been getting chances. He has eight shots on goal in three games and has hit at least two post going into Saturday' game againt Anaheim.
“He’s been really good,” Sutter said. “He’s had more quality scoring chances than anybody on our team. He moves it around on the power play.”
Sutter also likes that Carter’s role as second-line wing with Mike Richards
allows the Kings to use the Dustin Penner
-Jarret Stoll-Trevor Lewis line as a shut-down line.
Carter also plays up top on the penalty-killing unit with Richards. The Kings have killed all 10 penalties since Carter joined them in last week's blockbuster trade with Columbus that sent Jack Johnson
to the Blue Jackets.
“The important part of it for us is that allows us to have a third line,” Sutter said. “It doesn’t bother us to get the right three there to play against anybody.”
It appears that Kyle Clifford
will return to the lineup after he was a healthy scratch for the first time this season.
Clifford has continued to show great potential as an aggressive fourth-line winger who can chip in a goal. But, he committed pivotal penalties against Phoenix and had a turnover against Colorado that led to a goal. Sutter talked to Clifford and the message was clear.
“I need to get my identity back,” Clifford said. “Every player goes through tough stretches. It’s about finding your identity and being the player that you are.”
Said Sutter, “He’s got a clear role, and when that role slips he becomes an American League player. You have to make clear to him what his identity is. We were saying as a captain or a physical defenseman and seems to step out of that role. Young guys do all the time. You have to reinforce it and be patient with it, but there’s also a point where you have to see it.”
Sutter on Selanne:
Sutter caught parts of Friday night’s Anaheim-Calgary game and watched 41-year-old Teemu Selanne
create a 2-on-1 and deliver a perfect saucer pass to Bobby Ryan
for Anaheim’s first goal.
“Teemu, he must seem about 20 years (younger),” Sutter said. “Unbelievable. If we weren’t playing them so much, I could talk about him all day.”
-Ryan Getzlaf-Corey Perry
-Saku Koivu-Teemu Selanne
-Andrew Cogliano-Devante Smith-Pelly
-Nick Bonino-George Parros
-Anze Kopitar-Justin Williams
-Mike Richards-Jeff Carter
-Jarret Stoll-Trevor Lewis
-Colin Fraser-Jordan Nolan