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Shootouts a strength for Kings

Tuesday, 09.27.2011 / 3:00 AM / NHL.com's 30 in 15

By John Kreiser - NHL.com Columnist

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Shootouts a strength for Kings
A look at the numbers in 2010-11 for the New York Islanders.
Advantage Margin: +16
The Kings helped themselves by drawing 26 more power plays than they gave up at home.

Special Teams Goal Margin: +5
Los Angeles played well at the Staples Center despite ranking just 23rd on the power play at home at 16.0 percent. One reason: The penalty-killers allowed just 17 goals at home, tying Nashville and New Jersey for the fewest in the League.

Goals by defensemen: 31
Jack Johnson was tops with 42 points, though Drew Doughty led the blueliners with 11 goals. Perhaps the most surprising accomplishment was Willie Mitchell's career-high 5 goals -- in just 57 games.

LOS ANGELES KINGS
2010-11 SEASON STATS

Category Rank (Conference)
2010-11 Points 98 (7th West/12th NHL)  
Change from 2009-10 -3
Home Points 53 (5th West/8th NHL)
Road Points 43  (6th West/13th NHL)
Overtime Record
Total: 11-4-2 OT: 1-4 SO: 10-2

Jonathan Quick was a perfect 10-for-10 in shootouts -- with penalty of help from Jarret Stoll, who led the League in shooting percentage by going 9-for-10 and tying for the League lead with 4 game-deciding goals.

Times Scored First: 50                      
Record: 36-12-2

The Kings tied for second in the League in most game-opening goals, and were one of just two teams (along with Philadelphia) to score first in as many as 23 road games.

Best 2010-11 Number: 0
Number of games the Kings have lost in regulation in the last two seasons when leading after two periods. L.A. was 26-0-1 when ahead after 40 minutes in 2010-11 after going 29-0-2 in 2009-10.

Worst 2010-11 Number: 451
Takeaways credited to the Kings, 405 fewer than the number of giveaways they were charged with. L.A. was next-to-last in the West in takeaways -- just five ahead of Southern California rival Anaheim.

Scheduling
The Kings open with two games in Europe -- they play the Rangers in Stockholm and the Sabres in Berlin -- then stop off in New Jersey and Philadelphia before their home opener Oct. 18. They play 10 of 13 at home from Dec. 31 through Feb. 1, then go away for six straight and have two four-game trips in March.

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