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Five team stats about the Stanley Cup-winning Kings

Jun 17, 2014, 5:00 PM EDT

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23.5% — The Kings’ power-play percentage in the postseason, ending a string of three consecutive Cup winners who struggled with the man advantage. (Chicago converted at just 11.4 percent last year; Los Angeles was at 12.8 percent the year before; and Boston was at 11.4 percent they year before that.) The 2014 Kings were particularly dangerous with the man advantage against Chicago in the Western Conference Final, when they went 6-for-19 against the ‘Hawks.

3.38 — Goals per game for the Kings, the most of any team in the playoffs. San Jose finished second, at 3.14; Chicago third, at 3.05. Which is notable, given the Kings, the NHL’s best defensive team during the regular season, played both those teams, allowing a good number of goals to the Sharks (22) and ‘Hawks (23) in their respective seven-game series.

83.3% — The Kings’ penalty kill in the 2014 postseason was decent, but not as effective as it was in 2012 (92.1%). They shut down the Rangers’ PP though, allowing just two goals on 22 New York tries.

1.29 — The Kings’ five-on-five scoring ratio. The highest of any playoff team this year, but lower than the 1.52 mark they put up in 2012, when, as previously noted, they didn’t have the power play going. L.A.’s five-on-five scoring ratio was the lowest for a champion since Chicago’s 1.22 mark in 2010.

In fact, the postseason team stats of the 2014 Kings and 2010 ‘Hawks were remarkably similar:


+14 — The Kings’ third-period goal differential in the postseason. Scored 30, only allowed 16, making it by far their best period. In a related story, L.A. won four games — a quarter of its 16 postseason victories — that it trailed after two periods, including two against the Rangers. The last team to win four playoff games that it trailed after two was the 1999 Dallas Stars.

  1. aldog83 - Jun 17, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    Kings are GOOD.

  2. rsl22 - Jun 17, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    I feel like some of those stats were lifted from a post if mine a few days ago.

    • Jason Brough - Jun 17, 2014 at 5:38 PM

      Let me be the first to assure you — they weren’t.

    • chanceoffleury - Jun 17, 2014 at 7:14 PM

      Wow! So it was you? You were the first person to think about keeping records of information like goals per game, penalty kill percentage, and 5 on 5 ratio scoring? Crazy how nobody has ever thought to put them in a database on where anybody with internet access can go get them.

      Now are you ready for this? The NHL is doing this really cool new prototype sorta like Siri. But you don’t even need your phone. Just yell the question out really loud anywhere in the world and they’ll yell back the answer if you listen closely. Like, try this one:


      Did you hear it? I know, I know. Blew my mind too.

  3. misterdreamer119 - Jun 17, 2014 at 5:44 PM

    I just watched the parade and all the ceremonies last night. I will watch all the playoff replays this week. The LA Kings are special. They will go for that repeat.

  4. cheggy1731 - Jun 17, 2014 at 6:08 PM

    Kings were very impressive and congrats to them ! The main reason for all the playoff success was acquiring Marian Gaborok even Sutter said he fit right in with Kopitar and that had a trickle down effect on the line up. He’s the wild card here .. how much $$$$ will he want and can he do it again ? Does he want to do it again ? If you have to dump key players to sign him .. Good luck trying to repeat. My Hawks will be back next year .. you will see !!! N

  5. r8rbhawk - Jun 17, 2014 at 10:00 PM

    Here is the most important stat: 1.

    That is one goal separated them from exiting in the WCF instead of going on to win the Stanley Cup. Yes, I am still not over the game 7 OT loss and may never be. In the end, the Kings scored it and the Hawks did not, for that I tip my cap.

  6. blomfeld - Jun 18, 2014 at 2:06 AM


    c/o The Golf Channel

    Friends, that’s the only stat which I care about tonight, after my first round in over a God damn month ! And though that essentially equates to playing only ‘bogey’ golf, I’m actually not too displeased with my efforts tonight at Grandview GC. Here are a few excerpts from my post-round interview tonight with Holly Sonders at The Golf Channel:

    Sonders: Blom, you came out strong tonight but then faded down the stretch ? … what’s up ?

    Blom Woods: you know Holly, I’m gonna level with you … I’m just ‘physically’ tired right now …

    Sonders: must be all that work you’ve been doing at the shop recently, eh ?

    Blom Woods: you know it baby … but check this out … soon I’ll be right back into season form !

    Sonders: well I sure can’t wait for that ! .. tee hee hee :)

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  7. dongiovanna - Jun 18, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    While the players are always the most celebrated in any SC victory, these numbers show that it is LAK’s head coach that deserves the accolades. In fact, when my team fell in Round 2, my biggest lamentation was that our coach had been too rigid and inflexible (unable/unwilling to quickly switch up lines in the intense format of Playoffs) and was clearly outcoached.

    PP% – Although Sutter only has the option to use one or the other of his PP lines, he must be familiar with the other team’s PK unit. Each team’s PP unit is no secret to the opposition so it is the coach that must detect the deficiencies of an opponent’s PK unit.
    GF – Most of us who witnessed the season, remember from January through before the Olympics, LAK was offensively challenged. What changed for them post-Olympics? Likely the acquisition of Marian Gaborik but Gaborik has not always been Golden Boy. Sutter must have had to experiment with Gabork until he slotted in well with Kopitar and Williams.
    PK% – No extra credit to Sutter for this. LAK was only able to shut down the Rangers because the NYR suffered greatly from capitalising on their PP until the drought broke in the latter part Penguin series.
    5-on-5 scoring – It isn’t wrong to expect LAK, by far the leader in puck possession in the 2013-14 season (Corsi), to have impressive 5-on-5 scoring. And, when you add killer special teams, LAK became lethal.
    Goal Differential – This is just GF/GA and, since GF has already been mentioned above, I would say LAK’s GA was kept low by their excellent defence coupled with Jonathan Quick’s stellar goaltending.

    So all respect to Darryl Sutter. Beneath that stonefaced facade lies a very sharp mind with intimate knowledge of the strengths and weakness of his players. He made all the pieces fit perfectly like a well-oiled machine.

    P.S. I will admit the result from the CHI-LAK series WAS a luck of the draw. My criteria for a ‘luck’ series ending?
    – Won by 1 goal
    – In late regulation but especially so in OT

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