Lessons learned from the past week of action in the NHL:
Jeff Carter is the conscience of the Kings
Carter doesn’t often talk to reporters, so when he does, it has an impact. He was angry about the Kings’ performance in a 6-3 loss at Buffalo that launched a seven-game trip, calling it unacceptable and “terrible hockey,” adding that the team was “fragile.” “The next six games are pretty crucial to our year,” he said.
He backed up his words by scoring seven goals on the trip, boosting the Kings to a 3-2-2 record on a grueling stretch in which they played two back-to-back sequences. As the NHL resumes...