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Examining the Los Angeles Kings numbers

Tuesday, 09.11.2007 / 11:15 AM / Season Preview

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist


 

NHL.com's 2007-08 Kings Season Preview Package:
Intro | Goalies | Defense | Forwards | Feature | Numbers | Sked | Roster

Advantage Margin: +31
The Kings had plenty of power-play chances, especially at home, where they enjoyed 26 more opportunities. The bad part: Even with the extra chances, they were outscored 41-37 with the man advantage at home.

Even-Strength Goals Margin: -44
Alexander Frolov (23) was the only King with more than 20 even-strength goals. But many of the Kings’ problems at even strength came in goal; LA never found an answer after Dan Cloutier injured his hip, had surgery and missed most of the season.

Special Teams Goal Margin: -10
The Kings’ power play generated 81 goals, sixth-best in the NHL — but the penalty-killers allowed 91 and finished last in the League at 77.9 percent.

Category Rank
(Conference / NHL)
2006-07 Points 68
(14th West / 28th NHL)
Change From 2005-06 -21
Home Points 41
(11th West / 24th NHL)
Road Points 27
(15th West /30th NHL)

Goals by defensemen: 42
Lubomir Visnovsky (18 goals) is an offensive force on the blue line and makes the power play go. Rob Blake (14) doesn’t have the mobility he used to, but still has a booming shot from the point. Rookie phenom Jack Johnson could help, too.

Goals by forwards: 181
The Kings’ top four forwards, Alexander Frolov (35), Mike Cammalleri (34), Anze Kopitar (20) and Dustin Brown (17) are all 25 and under. Cammalleri has room to improve and Frolov needs to show more consistency. Kopitar could become a star.

Overtime Record: 6-8-6 (OT: 2-8, SO: 4-6)
The Kings tied Florida for the League lead in overtime losses with eight. LA led the Western Conference with 13 games that were tied at the end of regulation, but won only four of them.

Best 06-07 Number: 44
Power-play goals scored in road games by the Kings, the most of any team in either division, The Kings were third in power-play percentage on the road at 20.8; they were just 24th at home at 16.1.

Worst 06-07 Number: 101
Goals scored against the Kings in the second period, the most against any Western Conference team in the middle period. The Kings gave up 37 power-play goals in the middle period, more than any team in the league.

Scheduling:
The Kings get a lot of early home games after opening the season with two games in London against Anaheim: 12 of their next 16 are at home. They pay for all that home cooking with an eight-game trip that begins after the All-Star break.

NHL.com's 2007-08 Kings Season Preview Package:
Intro | Goalies | Defense | Forwards | Feature | Numbers | Sked | Roster

 

 

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