Richards doesnt have the physically gifts that Kopitar does to dominated a game.
Richards is a great #2.
Kopitar needs to be a great #1.
Kopitar and brown are the leadership group. It is their team.
Richards is not playing up to his potential. That is the only important fact here. Instead of the "kick in the ass" that you liked so much with Kopitar, he even BS about Richards being the best 2-way center in the league. I think that a slightly more realistic evaluation from Sutter could be more productive. Playing favorites like that will grow old soon. Once the best Kings players see what's going on, Sutter will not be able to light fire under their ***** anymore.
As opposed to the crap pp with the regulars? Voynov was the only one that did anything during the first pp.
You don't think the regulars will come out on fire in the second period if they get more PPs?
The 4th line was just as bad. If anything it gives the opposition more confidence and momentum. Just because the first two lines were ineffective doesn't mean they were bumming it. So essentially Sutter is paying the Ducks for having a better defensive ST plan.