Description: In just his second career start, Kings goalie Martin Jones recorded a shutout Saturday in a victory over the Islanders.
Insight: He finished with 16 saves. Jones is now 2-0 with a 0.97 GAA in two appearances. It will be interesting to see if head coach Darryl Sutter goes with the hot hand and keep Jones in for Tuesday's game in Montreal. His other option is Ben Scrivens.
Description: Kings netminder Jonathan Quick is expected to be out until Christmas with a strained groin. SOURCE: Daren Millard, Sportsnet 590
Insight: Quick's original timetable for recovery was between four and six weeks so that sounds about right. Ben Scrivens has done remarkably well in Quick's absence, winning four straight with two shutouts during that span.
Description: Kings netminder Jonathan Quick left Tuesday's game in overtime with a groin injury and will miss Thursday's game against the NY Islanders.
Insight: Quick went back to Los Angeles for evaluation by team doctors rather than getting examined on the road. The 27-year-old is 10-5-0 with a 2.35 GAA and a .905 SV% this season. Backup Ben Scrivens will stand between the pipes. He has a 1.89 GAA and .924 save percentage in five games this season.
Description: Kings netminder Jonathan Quick left Tuesday's game in overtime with an apparent lower-body injury, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Insight: Quick will go back to Los Angeles for evaluation by team doctors rather than getting examined on the road. That means he'll likely miss Thursday's game in Long Island. The 27-year-old is 10-5-0 with a 2.35 GAA and a .905 SV% this season. If he has to miss time, backup Ben Scrivens would move into the net.
Description: Kings center Mike Richards has three goals and nine points during a five-game scoring streak.
Insight: Richards has attempted 22 SOG during the streak and has five goals and 17 points in 18 games this season. It's his best production since 2008, when he had 80 points in 79 games with Philadelphia. He'll probably settle in the 65-point range.
Description: Kings center Mike Richards scored again Saturday versus the Canucks.
Insight: Richards also added two assists. The former first-round pick has now scored at least once in each of his last three games. That's Richards' longest streak since November of 2011 when he scored in five straight games.
Description: Kings center Anze Kopitar had three helpers Saturday against Dallas.
Insight: Kopitar doesn't have a goal yet, but he does have eight assists in the first nine games. He's scored at least 61 points in each of his six full seasons and had 42 in 47 games during the lockout-shortened 2012-13 campaign.
Description: Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick had his best start of the season Friday at Carolina, saving 27 shots in a 2-1 shootout victory.
Insight: Quick had a 3.13 GAA over his first four starts this season. Fantasy owners are looking for a return to his 2011-12 form after he had a 2.45 GAA and one shutout in 37 games last season. He'll likely start again at Florida Sunday.
Description: Kings defenseman Drew Doughty scored a goal in Los Angeles' season opener Thursday against Minnesota.
Insight: Doughty didn't score his first goal until his 29th game last season after producing an average of 12 goals per season from 2009-12, but he notched five goals in the final month of the season and got off to a good start Thursday.
Description: Kings captain Dustin Brown signed an eight-year, $47 million contract extension Thursday. SOURCE: Pierre LeBrun, ESPN
Insight: Brown has one year left on his current contract, so he'll be with the Kings for nine more seasons. The 28-year-old has been more important to his real team than to fantasy teams in his career; he's never had more than 60 points in any season despite not missing more than four games in any season since 2005-06.
Description: Left wing Daniel Carcillo was traded to the Kings on Tuesday. SOURCE: Joe Yerdon, NBC Sports
Insight: The Blackhawks picked up a conditional draft pick in 2015 as part of the exchange. Carcillo has never produced more than 24 points in a single season. It's probably because he can never stay healthy. In seven seasons, Carcillo has only played more than 60 games once.
Description: Los Angeles center Anze Kopitar had his best game of the series Saturday versus the Blackhawks.
Insight: He scored his third goal of the postseason early in the third period before delivering a clutch assist to send the game into overtime. Kopitar finished with nine points in 18 postseason games.
Description: Kings center Jeff Carter found the net twice Wednesday in a win over St. Louis.
Insight: Carter has now scored in back-to-back games after being held scoreless in the first three games of the series. The defending champs hold a 3-2 edge in the series with Game 6 coming up Friday night in Los Angeles.
Description: Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick has a 1.81 GAA and a .940 SV% in two games against the Blues this postseason, but Los Angeles is down 2-0.
Insight: Quick allowed Alex Steen to steal the puck from him behind the net and score the game-winner in overtime in Game 1 and blew a 1-0 lead in Game 2 Thursday by allowing two goals in the third period. Quick only lost four games in all of the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs en route to winning the Conn Smythe Trophy and a Stanley Cup.
Description: Kings defenseman Matt Greene (back) has been activated off injured reserve after missing 42 games. SOURCE: Associated Press
Insight: Greene suffered a herniated disk in his back in the season opener and was thought to be lost for the rest of the season, but he has been practicing in recent weeks. He doesn't contribute much offensively so he's more important to the Kings than your fantasy team.
Description: Kings defenseman Drew Doughty scored his second goal of the season Saturday against Edmonton.
Insight: It has been a lackluster season for Doughty, as he didn't score his first goal until March 19. He has also had to work hard to get his plus/minus out of the red after he started out with a -10 over his first 10 games, but he is now a +2 for the season.
Description: Kings winger Jeff Carter scored his 20th goal of the season Sunday against Dallas.
Insight: Carter has certainly cooled off after scoring a 11 goals in a nine-game span from Feb. 19 to March 9. Even with a goal Sunday, he has just three goals and five points over his last 12 games, but he has scored a goal in two straight and produced a point in three straight.
Description: Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick is expected to sit Tuesday against Phoenix after blanking those same Coyotes Monday for his first shutout of the season. Jonathan Bernier will start Tuesday as the Kings finish off a back-to-back.
Insight: Quick (10-8-2, 2.56 GAA, .896 SV%) hasn't been what fantasy owners expected but he has 19 games left to make things right. Bernier has been dominant in limited duty with a 1.94 GAA over 465 minutes.
Description: Kings left wing Kyle Clifford found the net twice Saturday in a victory over San Jose.
Insight: Saturday night represented half of Clifford's goal production this season. He's averaging less than 11 minutes of ice time per game, which is problematic for fantasy owners. On the bright side, he's been a solid source of penalty minutes for fantasy owners who are struggling in that category. His seven minutes in the sin bin Saturday gave Clifford 33 PIM for the season.
Description: Kings forward Anze Kopitar scored his eighth goal of the season on his lone SOG Saturday against the Flames.
Insight: After taking at least 230 SOG in four straight seasons, Kopitar has just 34 in 22 games this season, a pace of 127 per 82 games. However, he has still been a point-per-game player due to a 23.5 scoring percentage and 14 assists. He has 19 points in his last 17 games.
Description: Kings winger Jeff Carter extended his goal streak to four games Saturday against the Flames. He has scored at least one goal in nine of his last 10 games with 11 markers in that timeframe.
Insight: Carter is on a pace of 0.74 goals per game after scoring 0.38 goals per game last season.
Description: Kings goalie Jonathan Quick beat Calgary Saturday night with 17 saves on 19 shots.
Insight: Quick has alternated good and bad appearances in four games this month. His 2.55 GAA is respectable but not what fantasy owners expected. It looks worse when you consider he has only faced 22.7 SOG per game and saved a mediocre 89.5 percent of them. We trust he'll finish strong.
Description: Kings winger Jeff Carter moved to second in the NHL with 15 goals after notching the game-winner Tuesday against the Blues. He has scored nine goals over his last eight games, including a hat trick Monday.
Insight: Carter is two behind Steven Stamkos and just six shy of his total from all of last season. However, he only has two assists.
Description: Jeff Carter is leading the Kings in goals with 11. He has scored one in five straight games.
Insight: Carter is a former 46-goal scorer back in his Philadelphia days but he only had 21 last season in 55 games with Columbus and Los Angeles. He has strictly been a goal scorer this season, registering two assists.
Description: Kings forward Anze Kopitar assisted on Los Angeles' first goal and later scored the game-winner in a 2-1 victory over Detroit Wednesday night.
Insight: Kopitar took four SOG in Wednesday's game, which is surprisingly more than he took in the previous three games combined. Despite averaging just 1.6 SOG per game (2.8 last season), Kopitar has six goals and 17 points in 17 games. He has attempted at least 230 SOG in the last four seasons so we expect him to start firing away in the second half.
Description: Kings goalie Jonathan Quick sent back 23 of the 24 shots he saw Saturday in a 4-1 win over Colorado.
Insight: Look at that; all of a sudden Quick's GAA is a respectable 2.45 after two straight one-goal efforts. Last year's Conn Smythe winner hasn't allowed more than three goals in any of his last 12 games. He has a 2.23 GAA in that span and should continue to improve.
Description: Jeff Carter led the Kings with a goal and an assist Wednesday against Calgary.
Insight: That's his second straight game with a goal and overall, Carter has now netted four goals in his past five outings. Carter's goal to assist ratio is a little lopsided (eight goals to just two assists this season) but hey, at least he's scoring goals.
Description: Kings forward Mike Richards has three goals over his last two games.
Insight: Richards put two in the back of the net on four shots Sunday against Chicago. The center had a disappointing 44 points with 171 SOG in 74 games last season, his first with the Kings, and he's played at a similar pace this season. His PIM should keep him on fantasy rosters but expecting more than 50 points per 82 games is unrealistic.
Description: Kings goalie Jonathan Quick won his third game of the season with 18 saves on 20 chances Tuesday at Columbus.
Insight: Quick's numbers -- 3-2-2, .897 SV%, 2.62 GAA -- look worse than he has actually played this season. He struggled in the season opener and Saturday against Anaheim, but he has a 1.95 GAA and .925 SV% in his other six starts. Buy low.
Description: Kings center Mike Richards instigated a fight with Brandon Dubinsky in the second period Tuesday night after Dubinsky boarded Los Angeles defenseman Rob Scuderi. He drew five penalty minutes for fighting, four minutes for instigating with a face shield and 10 minutes for engaging in a fight with an unwilling combatant. When he wasn't getting into trouble Richards managed to pick up a goal and an assist with two SOG in 9:25 of ice time.
Insight: The goal was Richards' first of the season. The center just hasn't been the same fantasy force he was back in Philly since joining the Kings.
Description: Kings forward Anze Kopitar didn't have any issues with his injured knee after making his season debut on Tuesday. SOURCE: LAKingsInsider.com
Insight: "The knee feels good. I didn't have any problems with it. I pretty much forgot I was wearing (a brace) out there." Kopitar has potential to be a point-per-game contributor and should be owned in all leagues.
Description: A Denver Post report says Kings center Anze Kopitar (knee) will return to the lineup on Tuesday versus the Colorado Avalanche.
Insight: The original injury had a 3-4 week timeframe, but he'll apparently play a lot sooner with the help of a knee brace. Kopitar had 25 goals and 51 assists last season and is obviously a must start if on the ice.
Description: Kings center Anze Kopitar (knee) skated on his own this week and has been fitted for a knee brace.
Insight: The original injury had a 3-4 week timeframe, but it is looking like he'll only miss one week of the regular season if there are no setbacks. This is good news for one of the league's top centers and fantasy owners of his linemates Dustin Penner and Justin Williams as well.
Description: Los Angeles Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell is questionable for the start of the season. General manager Dean Lombardi told the LA Times that he had surgery two months ago and was expected to recover in two weeks, but apparently had a setback.
Insight: Mitchell isn't a big scorer (5 G, 19 A), but he plays solid defense (+20) and his absence could hurt goaltenders Jonathan Quick and Jonathan Bernier.
Description: Kings GM Dean Lombardi said that Anze Kopitar (knee) will only need 2-3 weeks of recovery time. SOURCE: Helene Elliot, Los Angeles Times
Insight: Kopitar's agent said this week that the forward would need 3-4 weeks but it looks like he'll be back sooner than that. He should only miss two or three games in addition to training camp, but he's been playing in Sweden and should be ready to go when his knee heals. The center has exceeded 70 points in four of the last five seasons.
Description: Kings center Anze Kopitar will be sidelined for the next 3-to-4 weeks according to his agent, Pat Brisson. Kopitar hurt his knee playing in Europe during the lockout.
Insight: The season is set to start in about a week and a half so Kopitar should miss a handful of games. Don't let that discourage you from taking him early in this year's fantasy draft, however. When he's healthy, Kopitar (25 goals, 51 assists in 2011-12) is one of the most dominant scorers in all of hockey.
Description: Kings netminder Jonathan Quick (35-21-13) underwent minor back surgery and has yet to be cleared to play.
Insight: The 2012 Conn Smythe Award winner with a 1.95 GAA and a .929 SV% is a top fantasy goaltender, but until he's back on the ice it would be hard to select him on Draft Day where he should be selected which is as the No. 1 goaltender.
Description: Kings C Anze Kopitar suffered a knee injury playing in Sweden and could miss 2-3 weeks. SOURCE: Linus Hugosson, Pro Hockey Magazine (Europe)
Insight: "Got tangled up in the corner and it felt funny," Kopitar said. "Precautionary reasons to step off. Taking this seriously." Kopitar says he'll take 2-3 weeks off and could miss the start of the regular season if the NHL and NHLPA can come to an agreement to end the lockout soon.