The Los Angeles Kings may be the best kept secret in hockey. Entering play on Feb. 27, the Kings found themselves four points back of the four-way tie between Anaheim, Minnesota, Edmonton and Dallas, whom at 65 points are tied for the seventh and eight spots in the Western Conference Playoff Chase.
So Kings fans, how well do you know your Kings?
DID YOU KNOW that the Kings are just four points (26-26-9, 61 pts.) out of a playoff spot and just seven points out of fifth place in the powerful Western Conference. (Playoff Chase)
DID YOU KNOW that the Kings have eight more points through 60 games than they had last year 25-32-3 (53 points) and 13 more than 2006-07 19-31-10 (48 points).
DID YOU KNOW that the Kings are 6-5-2 in February and 9-6-2 over their last 17 games.
DID YOU KNOW that during the month of February in which the Kings posted a 6-5-2 mark, the Kings played a tough schedule as nine of the 13 opponents would play in the post season and the Kings played five of the six division leaders (San Jose, Detroit, Calgary, Washington and New Jersey).
DID YOU KNOW the Kings are fourth in the Western Conference, ninth overall in the NHL in goals allowed. They ranked 28th in this category last season.
DID YOU KNOW that the Kings also rank fifth in the Western Conference and 13th overall on the PK, up from 30th a season ago.
DID YOU KNOW that the Kings are first in shots allowed per game, (27.2). San Jose is second at 27.3. Last season the Kings were 28th in shots against (32.0)
DID YOU KNOW that the Kings are 10-5-1 in their last 16 road games.
DID YOU KNOW that through 60 games of the season, the Kings are out-hitting their opponents by a 1,569-1,519 margin. The Kings’ 1,569 hits are second most in the NHL.
DID YOU KNOW that the Kings are the youngest team in the NHL at 25.318 years of age. The Blackhawks are second at 26.043 years old.
DID YOU KNOW that the Kings boast two Calder candidates as two of the NHL’s best rookies play for the Kings in defenseman Drew Doughty and goaltender Jonathan Quick. The Kings have had one Calder Trophy recipient in club history (Luc Robitaille in 1986-97). Doughty, the second overall pick in last summer’s draft, leads all rookies (and the Kings) with 23:48 average time-on-ice. He has played at least 20 minutes in 55 of 59 games this season (25-plus minutes in 27 games and a season-high 29:04 Nov. 22 vs. Colorado). Doughty has 18 points this season (4-14=18), second most among rookie blue-liners. He’s tied for first among rookies with 84 blocked shots. Quick, who has started 14 of the last 16 games, ranks third among rookie goaltenders with a 2.51 GAA, third with 13 wins and third with a .912 save percentage. In February Quick is 6-2-1 with a 2.47 goals-against average and .910 save percentage (23 GA-255 shots in 559:07).
DID YOU KNOW the Kings have twice this season had a player was named the top star, with Quick joining Dustin Brown, who was the No. 1 star for the week of Jan. 18-25, after recording 2-1=3 with a +4 rating and two game-winning goals in two games.
DID YOU KNOW that the Kings have had three winners of the NHL's weekly/monthly awards this season, the most since 1995-96, when Wayne Gretzky took home two weekly honors and Vitali Yachmenev was named a rookie of the month.
DID YOU KNOW you could get one ticket, one hot dog and one soda to see the Kings host the Oilers on Feb. 14 for just $21 bucks. Kings Friends and Family pack.
*All stats as of Feb. 27, 2009.