Richards is just extremely inconsistent in the defensive zone. Tonight is obviously one of the worst games from that standpoint.
On the other hand, he's one of Dallas’ best offensive forwards. Playing with Eriksson should help him in the defensive zone. I guess that is why Ott plays with him quite a bit. Richards’ defensive shortage have really come out lately. It still makes me sick to see Ott with Richards though. Hopefully they can find a winger for him with two-way ability.
Which brings me back to Lehtinen and Eriksson would be the best wingers for Richards. It just makes sense to me.