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Sutter has Richards practicing on fourth line

Mar 22, 2014, 12:10 PM EDT

CALGARY, AB - MARCH 10: Mike Richards #10 of the Los Angeles Kings in action against the Calgary Flames during an NHL game at Scotiabank Saddledome on March 10, 2014 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. (Photo by Derek Leung/Getty Images) Getty Images

Mike Richards hasn’t recorded a point in his last six games, which might not be noteworthy under normal circumstances, but taken in the context of his 2013-14 campaign and it has to be discouraging for Kings’ fans.

Richards has just nine goals and 39 points in 70 contests this season and has gotten to the point where he was skating alongside Kyle Clifford and Trevor Lewis on the fourth line during Friday’s practice.

Afterwards, Darryl Sutter compared Richards to Dustin Brown, whose playing time has dropped substantially this season as he fails to live up to expectations.

“Hopefully they’re getting their games together at the right time,” Sutter said, per the Los Angeles Times. He added, “These guys are experienced, veteran players on our team. They have to get their game in order if we’re going to be a playoff team.”

Richards didn’t exactly shine during the 2011-12 regular season either with his 44 points in 74 games, but he stepped up during the team’s playoff run to help them win the Stanley Cup. Sutter just has to hope history repeats itself as the postseason approaches.

  1. patthehockeyfan - Mar 22, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    Not to worry. Richie and Brownie are both veterans who know how to win.


    • blomfeld - Mar 22, 2014 at 10:31 PM


      You know friend, I’ve recently come to the conclusion that you ‘must’ be good people. After all, you’re obviously a loyal and devoted King’s fan and your writings here at PHT are consistent with a ‘quality’ type of person. So good show, jolly good show ! :)

      As for Richie and Brownie, I too have every confidence that these men will ‘deliver’ when the chips are on the table this spring … just like our team as a ‘whole’ will, God willing. Be good friend and let’s enjoy another ‘glorious’ SC march eh ? :)

      GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      ps: all you haters out there are nothing more than lovers … this ‘S’ is as old as the hills !

      • patthehockeyfan - Mar 23, 2014 at 10:22 AM

        How about that, blom? Both Richards and Brown get goals in yesterday’s game.

        Thanks for the kind words.

        – Patricia

  2. sndflyers - Mar 22, 2014 at 4:46 PM

    And everyone tries to act like I t wasn’t a good move for the flyers to get rid of Richie Carter and their pretty boy attitudes. Braydon Schenn and Wayne simmonds have been lighting it up for us.

    • kingsfan93 - Mar 22, 2014 at 5:13 PM

      It wasn’t a good move. The Kings ended up winning the cup thanks to them too. But since then, Richards been not so well this season. But for boy J. Carter, he been rocking it out.

      But don’t sit and tell me B. SCHENN has been lighting the lamp for you guys. All his name ever is is in the rumor mill all the time.

      • sndflyers - Mar 22, 2014 at 6:02 PM

        He has 19 goals this year and I think 20 something assists. Simmonds is second on our team with 24 goals. Trade rumors ? Because everyone else wants him… and time and time again we have denied any offer for him … wonder why ??? At the time he was traded he was one of the hottest prospects in the nhl. Check your facts bro. You don’t know what you’re talking about.

    • newyorkrangers35 - Mar 23, 2014 at 1:07 AM

      It was good both ways.

      • sndflyers - Mar 23, 2014 at 2:09 AM

        Yeah I mean I wasn’t implying they still aren’t talented players. I just feel that even tho we had some good years with them guys on our team, the locker room always seemed toxic in some capacity and it held the team back. Schenn and Simmonds were not focal points of the LA line up but they seem to have found their niche as regular contributers for the Flyers. On the other hand LA needed the veteran experience of two proven winners and it certainly has worked out good for both clubs all of home town my home town bias aside.

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