Kopitar dished out two assists despite skating only 15:31 in Thursday's 4-2 loss to Anaheim. Kopitar has come out of the All-Star break with four assists in two games, which makes it all the more bizarre that he received his lowest ice-time total since Nov. 3. His 46 points and plus-19 rating through 51 games are reflective of the 28-year-old's status as Los Angeles' top two-way center, so expect the Kings to use him in all situations moving forward as they have been up to this point.
Kopitar set up a shorthanded goal Wednesday night in a 4-3 loss to the Avalanche. In seven games since inking an eight-year contract extension with the Kings, Kopitar has produced a goal and six helpers. Evidently, the Slovenian is working just as hard as he was before the big pay day. Kopitar now ranks 10th in the league with 29 assists, and 18th in points at 42.
Kopitar scored two assists in a 3-2 win over Dallas on Tuesday. Kopitar is now on a five-game points streak that has seen him score three goals and seven assists, and Tuesday's effort also gives him two points in each of his past two games. He played 21:32 to lead all forwards. The Kings' franchise center should've been one of the first centers to be snatched up in fantasy leagues, and those who stuck with him despite a slow start must be ecstatic.
Kopitar scored the game-winning goal and had an assist Sunday against the Ducks. It was a fantastic redirection from Kopitar, who has scored three goals in his last four games. The 28-year-old is riding a four-game point streak, compiling eight points and 12 shots on goal in that span. The top-line center has been so consistent of late that he's only been held off the scoresheet three times in his last 17 outings. With the way the Kings are rolling, Kopitar, who has 38 points (13 goals) in 44 games, needs to be in your lineup every game.
Kopitar inked an eight-year, $80 million contract extension with the Kings on Friday, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports. Kopitar's eight-year deal will make him one of the highest paid players in the NHL for the foreseeable future. The former first-round pick will likely prove to be worth every penny of the deal, as he's been fantastic for the Kings throughout his 10 seasons with the club, totaling an impressive 645 points (230 goals, 415 assists) in just 725 career NHL games. The 6-foot-3 Slovenian center will likely remain a fixture in the Kings' top six throughout the duration of his lengthy contract.
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