News: Williams stayed hot Wednesday against the Wild, finding the net on one of his two shots on goal.
Impact: After producing a mere four points over his first 16 games, Williams has since cobbled together a six-game point streak, during which he's provided three goals and four assists. The surge in production has allowed him to keep pace with last season's 43-point showing (19 goals, 24 assists), which figures to be close to the ceiling for his scoring again.
News: Richards tallied his first game-winning goal of the season in Wednesday's victory over the Wild.
Impact: Richards only has a modest four goals in 23 games on the season, but even that level of production might be a little unsustainable. He's currently sitting on a 15.4 shooting percentage for the season, over four points above his career mark. The former 80-point scorer has seen his production essentially get cut in half since joining Los Angeles three seasons ago, and his point totals may only dip further in 2014-15.
News: Jones turned aside all 26 shots in Wednesday's 4-0 road win over the Wild.
Impact: Making his second start in as many nights, the Kings' backup was solid when he needed to be, but ultimately cruised to victory after Los Angeles scored all their goals in the first period. Even though he got the nod in favour of workhorse Jonathan Quick in this one, we wouldn't read too much into a potential job battle in Hockeywood. It's likely coach Darryl Sutter wanted to give Quick some extra rest, especially against a Wild team that's normally formidable on home ice. Jones is now 2-2-1 with a .938 save percentage and 1.68 GAA this year.
News: Dustin Brown's goal and assist ignited a four-goal first period, Jones earned his fifth career shutout and Los Angeles beat Minnesota 4-0.
Impact: Starting his second straight game and given a comfortable lead after the first, Jones stopped 28 shots for his first shutout since April 10, 2014. On Tuesday night, Jones was in the net when the Kings lost after a six-round shootout at Nashville.