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Schedule Analysis: December

by Thomas LaRocca / Los Angeles Kings
With the 2009-10 regular season schedule released on Wednesday, takes a (long) look at the slate the Kings are to play in the upcoming season.

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The Kings best record in December took place in 1980 as the Kings secured 19 points with an 8-4-3 mark. Most recently, the Kings matched that with a 9-5-1 mark in 2005. Last season the Kings went 5-7-3 in December for 13 points.

December brings the Kings first meeting with their Southern California rival the Anaheim Ducks, on Dec.1. The Kings play Anaheim for the first time in their 28th game of the season, the latest the Kings have met the Ducks in their first meeting since the 2003-04 season when the Kings and Ducks met in the 40th game of the season. The latest the Kings have ever met the Ducks for the first time was the 45th game of the season in 1998.

The Kings won the season series with Anaheim in 2008-09 with a 3-2-1 mark. Click here for the Kings-Ducks Series History. The Ducks have lost defenseman Chris Pronger, but have added forwards Saku Koivu and Joffrey Lupul to an already potent offensive attack. The Kings and Ducks will meet six times in 2009-10.

Los Angeles will then have a three-game homestand hosting the Ottawa Senators, St. Louis Blues and the Calgary Flames.

The Senators finished 36-35-11 for 83 points, 10 points back of a playoff spot. Ottawa, still holding on to Dany Heatley for now, has added Alex Kovalev to the offense. The Kings defeated the Senators 1-0 in their only meeting a year ago, with Michal Handzus scoring the lone goal of the game and Jonathan Quick making 29 saves for the shutout. Click here for the Kings-Senators Series History.

The Kings then host the St. Louis Blues on Dec. 5 and the Calgary Flames on Dec. 7 and will then travel North to face the Sharks on Dec. 9 and then return home to host Phoenix on Dec. 10 and Dallas on Dec. 12 as part of a span of seven games and 12 days to start the month of December that the Kings do no leave the state of California.

The Kings then embark on three-game road trip going to Vancouver and Edmonton for a back-to-back on Dec. 14 and 15, traveling to Calgary on Dec. 17 and then return home for a nine-day break between games and next playing at Phoenix on Dec. 26.

Santa BaileyLA will host the Wild on Dec. 28 and conclude the 2009 calendar year with a back to back at Calgary on Dec. 30 and at Minnesota on New Years Eve.

The Kings have played 15 games on New Year's Eve, with an all-time record is 4-8-3. They lost their only home game ever played on New Year's Eve in 1991, 5-3, to Vancouver. In 14 road games the Kings are 4-7-3. Their last game on this date was in 2006, a 6-2 loss at Detroit.

December starts with seven games over 12 days in which the Kings never leave their home state, with road games at Anaheim and at San Jose, then a quick three-games-in-four-nights trek through western Canada - Vancouver, Edmonton and Calgary - before a nine-day break with a few days off for Christmas mixed in before their next game at Phoenix, closing the month with a home game ont he 28th and then back-to-back road games to close out the year.

The Kings play six home games and nine road games in the 12th month of the year with three back-to-back while seven of their games are against teams that made the playoffs a year ago, and eight are against teams that did not.

Continue to January.

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