“If you watch my game, there’s not a whole lot of skill involved in my game. It’s a lot of skating and shooting,” Carter said after the
The humble assessment was in keeping with his season, which has been filled not only with goals and assists but modesty.
He recently attributed a hot stretch to “just getting lucky.” He leads the Kings with 22 goals and was second in the league in that category heading into Wednesday’s games. He has not hit the 30-goal mark since joining the team in 2011, but is well on his way as the Kings (20-17-4) start the second half of their schedule against the
And that is why, among other reasons, he will join defenseman
"I don't really do anything different. I think when [Anze Kopitar] got hurt it was a chance for some guys to step up and that was really how I looked at it from my point of view," Carter said of his season so far. "Things have been going well for myself and my line personally. Pucks been going in the net and we're creating some offense. So hopefully we can keep it going."
Carter's production has often propped up the Kings' offense through an up-and-down first half.
Linemate Tanner Pearson is the only other player with more than 10 goals — he has 11 — and Kopitar has just four in 36 games.
Carter posted career highs in goals (46) assists (38) and points (84) with the Philadelphia Flyers in 2008–09. That unsurprisingly led to his only other All-Star selection. Eight years later he has 22 goals and 15 assists through 41 games, and it's likely that only he believes not much skill is involved.
"He's played awesome, obviously," Doughty said of Carter on Wednesday. "He's the only guy really scoring, and he's been basically the majority of our offensive production. He's playing well on both ends of the ice too, and working hard and setting a good example for all the rest of our players.
"So he's very, very deserving of making this All-Star team, and if he wasn't on it it wouldn't be right."
KINGS NEXT UP
VS. ST. LOUIS BLUES
When: Thursday, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Staples Center
On the air: TV:
Update: This is the teams’ first meeting since the Blues edged the Kings, 1-0, in St. Louis on Oct. 29. The Blues are third in the