Zetterberg Shines, Mike Richards MIA Again

(3/10/12) With less than 6 minutes remaining in the third period, and with the Kings' playoff aspirations blowing in a stiff breeze off Lake Michigan, the Red Wings rope-a-doped LA with 2 quick goals from Filppula (3 points) and Helm to win the game 4-3.  Henrik Zetterberg had a great game with 2 goals and an assist, as the Wings demonstrated that LA is not a serious Cup contender, and they did it with Datsyuk, Lidstrom, Bertuzzi and Howard out of the line-up.  Jeff Carter and Justin Williams scored for the Kings.

Although he receives plenty of accolades as the Kings' next franchise player, one name we rarely see producing these days is Mike Richards. Oh what's that?  He's dried up like a piece of freezer burnt toast once again?  At the end of last year Mike Richards went on a drought for the ages, scoring just 6 goals in the final 46 games of the Flyers season (including playoffs).  And this year, it's even worse. Since Christmas (!) he has just one goal​, and over that span of 33 games Richards has just 12 points. The list of players with more production than Richards amounts to about half of all forwards getting a regular shift in the NHL.  This former 30 goal and 80 point man needs to rediscover his touch, and fast, or we are going to throw him into the fantasy waste bin.