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by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
Kopitar should be ranked 12th in Kings all-time scoring by season's end.

Here are some key Kings team-related notes heading into Saturday’s season opener in Vancouver

  • Kyle Clifford (if he is in the lineup Saturday) will be tied for the 20th youngest player to appear in a game for the Kings (19y, 269d)
  • Dean Kennedy was the same age when he suited up Oct. 14, 1982
  • The Kings are 17-16-9 in Season Openers.  Check the historical results here.
  • On the Kings current roster, 7 have made their Kings NHL debut as teenagers (Bernier, Brown, Doughty, Kopitar, Loktionov, Schenn and Clifford)
  • The Kings average age heading into Opening Night is 25.4, youngest in the NHL
    The Kings average age (for the Season Opener) was 26.4 in 2009-10, 26.3 in 2008-09 and 27.7 in 2007-08)
  • Terry Murray has 80 wins in 164 games…Fastest Kings coach to 100 wins is Tom Webster (211 games) – on pace to break record
  • Kopitar beings season having played in 255 straight games – Kings record is 324 (Marcel Dionne)
  • Kopitar begins season 19th in Kings all-time scoring: by season’s end he should be ranked 12th (would need 65 points)
  • Brown should play in his 500th game as a King this year – needs 69 more games (will be the 18th player to do so)
  • Brown begins season 24th in Kings all-time scoring: by season’s end he should be ranked 17th (would need 55 points)
  • Quick begins season tied for 8th in all-time Kings appearances: by season’s end he should be ranked 6th (would need 36 games played)
  • Quick begins season tied for 6th all-time in Kings wins: by season’s end he should be ranked 3rd or 4th (would need 31 wins for 3rd, 24 wins for 4th)
  • Smyth is 13 games away from 1,000 (would be 17th player to play in 1,000th NHL game as a King)
  • The Kings have increased their point total in each of the last three years
    • 2006-07: 68 pts
    • 2007-08: 71 pts
    • 2008-09: 79 pts
    • 2009-10: 101 pts
  • The Kings had the second-biggest point improvement from 2008-09 to 2009-10, +22 points (PHX was +28)
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