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Sunday hockey notes

Kings hope Jeff Carter can boost their offense

No secret that the Kings have needed help putting the puck in the net. But why? Los Angeles general manager Dean Lombardi wishes he had the answer.

“Like I told our coaches, ‘Look, I get it, I figured we would be anywhere from, say, 15th to 20th in the league in goal scoring this year,’ ’’ Lombardi said just hours before swinging the trade season’s biggest swap, sending defenseman Jack Johnson to Columbus for center Jeff Carter. “We figured that would be OK, with our goaltending and our outstanding defense.

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