Off-Day Watch 10/12: Jeff Carter’s New Sons
A team looking for chemistry might have finally stumbled upon a combination that works.
John Stevens hit reset on his lines ahead of the Montreal game and, well, what do you know? It worked. The key now is to try to stick with it.
Adding Jeff Carter to the third line helps spread out the Kings’ offensive punch much in the same way that the initial idea of putting Tyler Toffoli and Tanner Pearson with Amadio worked out in the preseason. Creating essentially a 2A and a 2B line makes it much harder for other teams to choose who they want to send out to defend. And Carter’s shown a knack for being able to mesh well with younger players, so perhaps Mike Amadio and Jaret Anderson-Dolan can be this season’s version of Toffoli and Pearson.
Anderson-Dolan certainly didn’t look like a teenager playing against Montreal, taking hits to make plays, being tenacious on the puck, and sending this sweet pass out front to Mike Amadio for the second goal of the game:
Jaret Anderson-Dolan just dealt out his first NHL assist by setting up Michael Amadio for this goal to give the LA Kings the 2-0 lead!#GoKingsGo pic.twitter.com/jS7UyH80Ht— LA Kings (@LAKings) October 12, 2018
Now someone needs to get this kid a goal of his own.
The first of many points to come 👏#GoKingsGo pic.twitter.com/T1a2l9OfUY— LA Kings (@LAKings) October 12, 2018
An official explanation from the league on the no goal/goal/no goal carousel last night. [NHL]
Everyone loves Jack:
"It's awesome. I love Jack. We all love Jack." - Alec Martinez on Jack Campbell getting his first NHL shutout— LA Kings (@LAKings) October 12, 2018
...same, Alec. pic.twitter.com/XFAnWttw9d
The Kings were able to expose the Canadiens’ weaknesses in Montreal. [Sportsnet]
Jack Campbell’s career has taken some twists and turns but he made a big statement with his shutout in Montreal. [Los Angeles Times]
Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Canadiens fan? It’s not as strange as you think. [Los Angeles Times]
The most important thing here is that we learn that Mike Amadio’s nickname is Ammo. This is probably better than what I’ve been calling him, which is “New Mike”. [Kings Insider]
Elsewhere in the World
Blackhawks rookie Dominik Kahun is already a hockey meme for his excited facial expression after getting an assist; now he’s scored his first NHL goal and is just as excited. [Second City Hockey]
College hockey can be hard to figure out how to watch; here’s a guide to streaming services that cover women’s college games. [The Ice Garden]
The Vegas Golden Knights are 1-4-0. Do they need to forget about last season, or draw on it for inspiration? [HockeyBuzz]
Speaking of not forgetting about the past:
Came back to my office to find this guy sitting behind my desk. I’ve been using his old skates for years. He let me know it wasn’t appreciated #MAF 🌸 -SK pic.twitter.com/XIiv31t90X— Pens Inside Scoop (@PensInsideScoop) October 11, 2018
Marie-Philip Poulin has been announced as the captain of Les Canadiennes. She previously served as captain in 2016. [CWHL]
Are the Canucks good? They surprised the Lightning with a 4-1 victory. [The Province]
Read about the extraordinary efforts women go to in order to play ice hockey in Nairobi. [ESPN]
This is just unreal:
Tonight's edition of "Connor McDavid lives on his own planet" pic.twitter.com/IKtnNduqBc— Jeff Veillette (@JeffVeillette) October 11, 2018
More women are stepping into the broadcast booth to do play by play. Why has it taken so long? [The Ringer]