Jeff Carter and Anze Kopitar seem to work. That’s really not a surprise. You put me with Kopitar and I will score a few goals too. Give me the opportunity to dish the puck to Jeff Carter and he will bury them.

Unfortunately, the new dynamic duo of Val Kilmer Batman (Carter) and Frankenstein have left a hole where Robin used to be. Mike Richards had a good game last night against the Detroit Red Wings. That is to say he won face-offs, had scoring chances and was very much part of the solution as opposed to the problem.

Unfortunately, he, like several of his linemates, have struggled to bury the biscuit.

This is not a condemnation of Mike Richards. This is a question of whether or not the experiment to make Jeff Carter and Anze Kopitar click is causing unintended collateral consequences to our offense of depth.