As Anze Kopitar goes, so do (pretty much) the Los Angeles Kings. It's therefore fitting that, as we enter the final stretch leading to the playoffs, the team that currently stands first in the Pacific Division is starting to get into nearly-unbeatable gear, with Kopitar possibly playing his best game of the season thus far last night, with a hat trick on four shots, five hits, and a whopping 65% success rate in the face-off circle.
Things aren't all rosy for the Kings, though, as superstar goalie Jonathan Quick is out day-to-day with an undisclosed injury, and sniper Marian Gaborik did not finish the game after a hard collision.
But with Kopitar dominating up front and Drew Doughty doing the same on the back end, it's less of a challenge for the other 18 skaters to step up to face it.
Here's Kopitar in the Kings' current white (away) uniform, from Upper Deck's 2012-13 SP Game-Used Edition set (card #AF-AK of the Authentic Fabrics sub-set):