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Mike Richards | Center

Team: Los Angeles Kings
Age / DOB:  (29) / 2/11/1985
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 200
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Now that the Kings are down 3-0 to San Jose in their first round series, Los Angeles will probably turn to Mike Richards and Jeff Carter for advice.
Only three teams in NHL history have successfully come back from a 3-0 series deficit, but one of those teams were the 2010 Philadelphia Flyers. At the time, Carter and Richards were key members of that squad, so their presence alone is proof to their teammates that it's possible. Apr 23 - 9:38 AM

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Mike Richards picked up a double minor on Sunday for spearing the Sharks Logan Couture with less than six minutes left in the third period.

The game was long over by then as the Kings trailed 7-2. The NHL could look at the incident but it will likely involve a fine rather than a suspension as that is what Milan Lucic of the Bruins received. It was Richards 100th playoff game of his career.
Apr 21 - 7:29 AM

Coach Darryl Sutter is expecting to see a different Mike Richards in the postseason.

"Mike Richards is our most experienced forward in terms of playoffs, and he always plays his best when we expect him to," said Sutter. Richards is hoping to take advantage of the intensity of the postseason after an unproductive regular season.
Apr 17 - 5:58 PM

Mike Richards ended the season without a point in his last nine games and without an assist in his last 22 contests.

That is pretty bad, even if Richards was a defensive defenseman and not a good scorer in the NHL. He ends the season down in every category as he had only 11 goals and 41 points with a minus-six rating and only 28 penalty minutes. It was not a good season for Richards.
Apr 13 - 7:26 AM

Mike Richards was apparently bothered this season by an illness in December.

"After being sick, I kind of got out of shape, not playing a lot," said Richards in an interview last week. "It probably took me a couple of weeks to realize that. That's when I started getting back on the bike and doing things." He missed eight games that month with an upper-body injury. Richards skated with Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli in Saturday's loss to Vancouver, but he's continued to skate Kyle Clifford and Trevor Lewis this week at practices.
Apr 10 - 4:41 PM

Mike Richards practiced on the Kings' fourth line on Friday.

Richards hasn't recorded a point in his last six games, which unfortunately is just the latest rough patch in what has been a terrible season by his standards. He has just nine goals and 39 points in 70 contests in 2013-14. That being said, it sounds like Kings coach Darryl Sutter is hoping the demotion serves to spark Richards and suggested that he needs Richards to bounce back if the Kings are going to be successful in the playoffs. Consequently, the move might be very short-term.
Mar 22 - 10:14 AM

Mike Richards had an assist in the Kings' 2-1 win over Columbus.

Richards snapped a seven-game point drought. He has seven goals and 36 points in 59 games this season.
Feb 7 - 9:18 AM

Mike Richards has only one goal and seven assists in his last 25 games.

The center had six goals and 27 points in his first 32 games but it was downhill from there. The Kings have scored only three goals in their last six games and need players like Richards to start scoring again if they hope to remain in a playoff spot.
Feb 2 - 7:33 AM

Mike Richards managed to pitch in two assists despite a 5-3 Kings loss to Colombus Tuesday night.

Richards is on a three game point streak (1 G, 4 A) and has 35 points through 41 games this season.
Jan 21 - 10:04 PM

Mike Richards enjoyed a two-point night, however the Kings came up short 3-2 in the shootout against the Red Wings.

Richards scored on the power play in the second period, and he assisted on Jeff Carter's power-play goal in the third period. While Richards has 32 points, only seven have come via goals. Right now, he's converting at just a 6.8 percent clip, compared to his 11.1 percent career mark. Drew Doughty and Slava Voynov had two helpers.
Jan 18 - 10:47 PM

Mike Richards failed to score Saturday and now has not scored in his last 21 games.

Coach Darryl Sutter thought that Richards played a lot better on Saturday. "He played a good game tonight," Sutter said of Richards. "It was probably the game with the most opportunities that he's had in 21 games. He's not the only guy. If you want to condemn Mike Richards, there are several players....There's expectations on the group of offensive players to score, not just one." Richards has six goals and 30 points in 46 games but has only 16 penalty minutes and is even in the plus/minus category.
Jan 12 - 7:57 AM

Mike Richards hasn't scored a goal in his last 20 games.

He has picked up just two assists in his past 13 contests. "It's been frustrating," Richards said. "But I'm not a natural goal scorer as Jeff [Carter] would be. I have to kind of earn what I get. I have to stop looking for the pass-first mentality that I usually come with and try to get pucks to the net more. I don't use it very often, but I have a decent shot, so I think I have to get back to trying to shoot more instead of trying to pick your targets." He's projected to play with Matt Frattin and Tyler Toffoli against Montreal on Saturday night.
Jan 11 - 6:56 PM

Mike Richards registered two assists in the Kings' 3-1 win over Toronto on Wednesday.

Richards has five points in his last three games. That gives him six goals and 21 assists in 32 contests in 2013-14.
Thu, Dec 12, 2013 09:34:00 AM

Mike Richards had two assists in the Kings' 6-0 win over Montreal.

Those were Richards' 100th and 101st points as a member of the Kings. He has six goals and 25 points in 31 contests in 2013-14.
Wed, Dec 11, 2013 10:13:00 AM

Mike Richards recorded two assists in Monday's 3-2 win over St. Louis.

Richards went through a stretch when he had just one assist in six contests, but he's bounced back lately with a goal and four points in his last four games. He should be able to maintain his current pace, which would translate to roughly 64 points in 2013-14.
Tue, Dec 3, 2013 10:37:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Anze Kopitar
2Mike Richards
3Jarret Stoll
4Jordan Nolan
5Colin Fraser
LW1Marian Gaborik
2Dwight King
3Trevor Lewis
4Kyle Clifford
5Tanner Pearson
RW1Dustin Brown
2Jeff Carter
3Justin Williams
4Tyler Toffoli
D1Drew Doughty
2Slava Voynov
3Jake Muzzin
4Willie Mitchell
5Robyn Regehr
6Matt Greene
7Alec Martinez
G1Jonathan Quick
2Martin Jones