Kopitar has struggled offensively at times this season, but this effort capped off a solid month of January that saw him record 14 points (three goals, 11 assists) in 12 games. His shooting percentage (6.7) is still well behind last year's mark of 14.1, so he stands to benefit greatly if he can turn that number around in the second half.
Kopitar was a last-minute scratch Monday, but he's apparently shaken off whatever bug he was suffering from. The center has racked up seven points in his last four contests and will want to keep that momentum going against the rival Sharks. Kopitar will almost certainly reclaim his spot on the Kings' top line as well as their No. 1 power-play unit, where he has rather disappointingly garnered no goals and six helpers through 38 games. In fact, his scoring is down in general, as Kopitar has just four goals all year after potting 25 last season. With a career-low 5.1 shooting percentage, though, he's ripe for positive regression.
Kopitar has been on fire of late with eight points in his last six outings, including a three-assist night against the Jets on Saturday. With the 29-year-old out of the lineup, Jeff Carter will take over his spot on the Kings' top line.
Kopitar posted three assists with a plus-3 in Saturday's 3-2 win against the Jets.
Kopitar closed out 2016 with one goal and one assist in his final 12 games, but he has a goal with eight points in six games since flipping the calendar to 2017. He doesn't stay quiet for long, and he can pick up points in bunches to make up for lost time. While he is on track for a career-low in points, he remains a must-start in all fantasy pools.
Kopitar ended a 12-game goal drought and added a power-play assist during Monday's loss to Dallas.
Kopitar had just three assists during the goalless stretch, and with just four tallies and 20 points through 36 games this season, it's been a disastrous fantasy campaign. While the veteran pivot scored on a laser shot Monday, and his current 5.3 shooting percentage has oodles of positive regression ahead, a quick look at the Los Angeles forward corps shouldn't instill much confidence. A career-worst fantasy showing will be hard to avoid.