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by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
The scoreboard at STAPLES Center displays an electoral-vote tally showing Sen. Barack Obama winning the U.S. presidential election over Sen. John McCain.
Barack H. Obama was sworn in Tuesday as the 44th President of the United States and the ninth President since the Kings began play during the 1967-68 season in the midst of the Lyndon B. Johnson administration.

Here are some presidential facts about the Kings: The U.S President with the most wins while in office is none other than George W. Bush with 264, while Bill Clinton had the most losses at 290. Clinton though, accumulated the most standings points with 626, (241-290-95). George H. W. Bush had the most post season wins with 16, the most post-season series wins with three, while also accumulating the most post-season losses with 23. Bill Clinton had just taken office in 1993, during the Kings longest Stanley Cup Playoff run, advancing to the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals, losing to Montreal, 4-1, but winning two series and posting a 13-11 overall mark. Gerald Ford was President for the Kings best NHL season ever in 1974-75, posting a 42-17-21, 105 points. No President saw the Kings make the playoffs each year of their administration, but the Kings went one of two years with Lyndon Johnson, two of three with Gerald Ford, four of five with Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush, while only qualifying for the post season in two of George W. Bush's eight years in the White House and just three of eight during Bill Clinton's.

The Kings  are 4-1-0 on Inauguration day, having first played on Jan. 20, 1973, the day Richard Nixon delivered his second Inauguration speech, earning a 6-2 loss to Toronto and it will mark the first time the Kings play on Inauguration Day since Jan. 20, 2001, a 6-3 defeat of the Carolina Hurricanes as George W. Bush was sworn in as the 44th president of the United States.

A break down is below:

DATE OPPONENT/RESULT PRESIDENT
Jan. 20, 1973 Toronto, 6-2 L Richard Nixon
Jan. 20, 1977 Pittsburgh, 6-3 W James E. Carter Jr.
Jan. 20, 1981 Detroit, 11-4 W Ronald W. Reagan
Jan. 20, 2001 Carolina, 6-3 W George W. Bush
Jan. 20, 2008 Minnesota, 5-2 W Barack H. Obama

And of course what everyone wanted to know, the Kings have posted an 880-866-304, for 1,315 pts. with a Republican in the White House, with a 44-70 post season mark. The Kings with a Democrat in office have posted a 428-470-153 mark, for 1,068 points and a 21-35 post season record.

A breakdown is below:

43rd President George W. Bush; Jan. 20, 2001 - Jan. 20, 2009
YEAR RECORD POST SEASON
Jan. 20, 2001 to
End of 2001-02 season
16-11-6-2, 40 pts. 7-6, one series win over Detroit (4-3)
2001-02 40-27-11-4, 95 pts. 3-4
2002-03 33-37-6-6, 78 pts. DNQ
2003-04 28-29-16-9, 81 pts. DNQ
2004-05 DID NOT PLAY LOCKOUT
2005-06 42-35-5, 89 pts. DNQ
2006-07 27-41-14, 68 pts. DNQ
2007-08 32-43-7, 71 pts. DNQ
2008 - Jan. 20, 2009 17-20-7, 41 pts. N/A
Total: Eight seasons 264-243-77, 605 pts. 10-10

42nd President William J. Clinton; Jan. 20, 1993-Jan. 20, 2001
YEAR RECORD POST SEASON
Jan. 20, 1993 to
end of 1992-03 season.
16-17-5, 37 pts. 13-11, two series wins and a trip to the 1993 Stanley Cup Finals.
1993-94 27-45-12, 66 pts DNQ
1994-95 16-23-9, 42 pts. DNQ
1995-96 24-40-18, 66 pts. DNQ
1996-97 28-43-11, 67 pts. DNQ
1997-98 38-33-11, 87 pts. 0-4
1998-99 32-45-5, 69 pts. DNQ
1999-00 39-27-16, 94 pts 0-4
2000 - Jan. 20, 2001 21-17-8, 50 pts. N/A
TOTAL: Nine seasons 241-290-95, 626 pts. 13-19

41st President George H. W. Bush; Jan. 20, 1989- Jan. 20, 1993
YEAR RECORD POST SEASON
Jan. 20, 1989- to end of 1988-89 season to 16-14-4, 36 pts. 4-7, one series win over Edmonton.
1989-90 34-39-7, 75 pts. 4-6, one series win over Calgary
1990-91 46-24-10,102 pts. 6-6, one series win over Vancouver
1991-92 35-31-14, 84 pts. 2-4
1992 - Jan. 20, 1993 23-18-5, 51 pts. DNQ
TOTAL: Five seasons 154-126-40, 320 pts. 16-23

40th President Ronald Regan; Jan. 20 1981-Jan. 20, 1989
YEAR RECORD POST SEASON
Jan. 20, 1981- end of 1980-81 season. 16-10-7, 39 pts 1-3
1981-82 24-41-15, 63 pts. 4-6 one series win over Edmonton
1982-83 27-41-12, 66 pts. DNQ
1983-84 23-44-13, 59 pts. DNQ
1984-85 34-32-14, 82 pts. 0-3
1985-86 23-49-8, 54 pts DNQ
1986-87 31-41-8, 70 pts. 1-4
1987-88 30-42-8, 68 pts. 1-4
1988-Jan. 20, 1989 27-17-3, 57 pts. N/A
TOTAL: Nine seasons 235-317-88, 640 pts. 7-20

39th President James Carter; Jan. 20, 1977 - Jan. 20, 1981
YEAR RECORD POST SEASON
Jan. 20, 1977- end of 1976-77 season 19-9-5, 43 pts. 4-5 post season, one series win
1977-78 31-34-15, 77 pts 0-2 post season
1978-79 34-34-12, 80 pts. 0-2 post season
1979-80 30-36-14, 74 pts. 1-3 post season
1980 - Jan. 20, 1981 27-14-6, 60 pts. N/A
TOTAL: Five seasons 141-127-52, 334 pts. 5-12

38th President Gerald Ford; August 9, 1974 - Jan. 20, 1977
YEAR RECORD POST SEASON
1974-75 42-17-21, 105 pts 1-2
1975-76 38-33-9, 85 pts 5-4 post season, one series win vs. the 2-0 Atlanta Flames.
1976 - Jan. 20, 1977 15-22-10, 40 pts DNQ
TOTAL: Three seasons 95-72-40, 207 pts. 6-6

37th President Richard M. Nixon; Jan. 20, 1969- August 9, 1974
YEAR RECORD POST SEASON
Jan. 20, 1969 to
End of 1968-69 season.
9-22-4, 22 pts. 4-7, One series win over the Oakland Seals
1969-70 14-52-10, 38 pts. DNQ
1970-71 25-40-13, 63 pts. DNQ
1971-72 20-49-9, 49 pts. DNQ
1972-73 31-36-11 73 pts. DNQ
1973-74 33-33-12, 78 pts. 1-4
TOTAL: Six seasons 132-232-59, 323 pts. 5-11

36th President Lyndon B Johnson; 1967 - Jan. 20, 1969
YEAR RECORD POST SEASON
1967-68 31-33-10, 72 pts 3-4
1968-69 - Jan. 20, 1969 15-20-6, 36 pts. N/A
TOTAL: Two Seasons 46-53-16, 108 pts. 3-4

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