So, the Kings are playing very well. They’re winning games. They currently sit 1st in the Western Conference and 1st in the Pacific Division with a 2 point lead on Anaheim with 4 games in hand. They lead Phoenix, 3rd in the Pacific Division by 5 points with 2 games in hand. However, there are still 67 games left…
The Kings are winning at an incredible clip of 80% so far. Through 15 games the Kings are 12-3-0, but let’s take a look at the quality of their competition so far as of November 14th:
W x 2, Vancouver – 3rd in West
L, Calgary – 14th in West
W, Atlanta – 9th in East
W, Carolina – 10th in East
L, Phoenix – 7th in West
W, Colorado – 12th in West
W, Minnesota – 10th in West
L, Chicago – 6th in West
W x 2, Dallas – 13th in West
W, New Jersey – 14th in East
W, Tampa Bay – 7th in East
W, Nashville – 11th in West
W, New York Islanders – 15th in East
Things to notice:
-The average rank of each team played by the Kings is 9.8.
-The average rank of teams the Kings have beat is 10.
-The average rank of teams the Kings have lost to is 9.
-They have yet to play an Eastern Conference team better than 7th place.
-9 of the Kings 12 wins have come against teams that are out of a playoff spot, albeit with roughly 65 games left in the season.
-The Kings have yet to play tough teams such as Detroit, Washington, Philadelphia, or St. Louis.
If you take in all of this information, you might feel like you should be less impressed by the Kings record at this point in the year.
However, on the bright side:
-8 of the Kings wins were by a multi-goal margin, which would suggest they aren’t squeaking by in their wins but playing solid games and earning wins.
-The Kings have depth scoring which means they aren’t just leaning on star players.
-They currently have allowed the least amount of goals against in the league and sport a +19 goal differential.
-Their power play % is middle of the road, but their penalty kill is 1st in the league.
-The Kings have won only 1 game in a shootout or overtime which is a good sign.
The positive signs about the Kings season so far certainly outweigh the negative, just keep some of these numbers in mind and try not to put the cart before the horse.
Los Angeles returns to action on Monday at 7:30 pm PT @ San Jose. San Jose is 8-5-2 on the season.
About the Author
Written by Eric Cooney
Eric Cooney was born in Pennsylvania, grew up in North Carolina, and lives in Los Angeles, CA. He shares his thoughts on the NHL as one man who is a northerner, southerner, east coaster, and west coaster. Follow him on Twitter @EricCooney