The Kings and Jeff Carter are officially scalding. The team has won six of its last seven games and eight of 10, with Carter sparking a once-dormant offense with eight goals in his last seven games. He had his fifth career hat trick in a 5-1 home victory Monday over the Nashville Predators.
It’s anyone’s guess whether the Kings’ momentum continues in tonight’s game against the St. Louis Blues at Staples Center. The Kings and Blues were locked in a six-team tie for fifth place in the Western Conference with 24 points. Technically, the Kings were fifth and the Blues were seventh.
“The way the league is, there’s very little momentum,” Kings coach Darryl Sutter said when asked if the hot streaks can be maintained tonight. “It’s just about staying with your game and playing your game, and that’s hard to do all the time.”
Carter scored his team-leading 12th, 13th and 14th goals Monday, jump-starting the Kings against the defensive-minded Predators. Thanks in large part to Carter’s exceptional stick work, the Kings have outscored the opposition 24-12 in their last seven games and 32-17 in their last 10.
The Blues were picked by some as a Stanley Cup finalist, but they haven’t been the best team in their own division to start the season. They trail the Chicago Blackhawks, the NHL’s leading team, by 17 points in the Central Division standings.