Carter set up all three Kings' goals in a 3-2 overtime win over the Blackhawks on Saturday. Carter was storming to his best season in a long time and he had 59 points in his first 67 games. Then, the wheels fells right off his game. Four points, including a single goal, in 13 games followed and with that, so did the Kings and their playoff hopes. Carter's 66 points are his best tally since his final season in Philly (2010-11). He earned his cap hit of $5.27 mil, but at 32, his best days are behind him. And so is his value -- that cap hit stays with the Kings until 2021-22. Ouch.
Carter scored his 31st goal of the season and had an assist in Saturday's win over the Capitals. The good times continue to roll for Carter, who is now up to 59 points in 67 games. While that was his first goal in six outings, Carter has been so consistent with his production this season, he's an automatic roll every game. The Kings are battling for a playoff spot, so look for Carter to build off his 31st goal and finish the season on a strong note.
Carter recorded a Gordie Howe hat trick -- goal, assist and fight -- in Saturday's 4-1 victory over the Ducks. The goal went into the empty net, but it still counts and it gave Carter his first 30-goal season since 2010-11. The fight with Ryan Kesler does make us pause, though -- Kesler landed a right straight to the kisser and it put Carter temporarily down on a knee. Much to our relief, Carter seems none the worse for wear because of the punch.
Carter has recorded a whopping nine game-winning goals this season. Carter is enjoying an incredible campaign, as he's just one tally shy of matching Sidney Crosby for the league lead at 30 goals, plus his 16 power-play points stand as his highest total since he was a member of the Flyers in 2009-10. The Kings are working with the league's second-ranked Corsi For percentage of 54.5; this means the team is controlling the puck very well and has factored into the savvy pivot's impressive shooting percentage of 16.9 through 55 games. He's a set-and-forget weapon in virtually any fantasy format.
Carter scored two goals and added two assists (one on the power play) during Thursday's win over Florida. Carter has been nothing sort of spectacular this season, and his 29 goals currently rank second in the league. He's set to top the 30-goal plateau for the first time since the 2010-11 season while also posting his best offensive showing since scoring 84 points during the 2008-09 campaign. It's been an incredible throwback for the 32-year-old forward.
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