June 6, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) takes a break during a time-out against the New Jersey Devils during the third period in game four of the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

A Look at the Los Angeles Kings

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The Los Angeles Kings were founded on February 9, 1966 as part of the 1967 National Hockey League’s Expansion.  During that expansion, there were 6 teams formed.  The California Seals(now defunct), Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota North Stars (now known as the Dallas Stars through their move to Dallas, TX), St. Louis Blues, and the Los Angeles Kings.

Los Angeles played their games at The Forum in Inglewood, CA for 32 years from 1967-1999.  For the 1999-2000 season, they moved to a new facility in Los Angeles called the Staples Center and have called it home ever since.

Being in the Stanley Cup playoffs is not uncommon for the Kings, as they have been here before.  They won their only division title back during the 1990-1991 season.   Western Conference Championships were won during the 1992-1993, and 2011-2012 seasons.  During the 1992-1993 run, they fell in 5 games to the Montreal Canadiens.  Now, granted there is a game 5 tonight at 8pm on NBC…  the Los Angeles Kings at the most will be forced to defend home ice again against the New Jersey Devils on Monday, 6/11.

The Los Angeles Kings have what it takes as I witnessed their powerhouse team, in person, here in Tampa Bay on February 7th.  The Tampa Bay Lightning were crowned by the Los Angeles Kings by a score of 3-1.  Jonathan Quick proved why he is their number one starter.

As of the Power Rankings by SI.com on May 8th, the Kings were ranked 12th in the NHL with the 3rd most powerful offense, and 1st in defense.  http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/writers/adrian_dater/04/03/power.rankings/index.html

The Kings finished the regular season seeded Eighth in the Western Conference with 40 wins, 27 loses, and 15 overtime loses.  95 points accumulated, and placed them in line to make a run that hasn’t been seen by an Eighth seeded team in a long time.

Recaps:

Game 1:     Kings 2, Devils 1 (OT)

Game 2:     Kings 2, Devils 1 (OT)

Game 3:     Kings 4, Devils 0 (Regulation)

Game 4:     Devils 3, Kings 1 (Regulation)

Game 5 is set to take place tonight at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ AT 8PM on NBC.  BECAUSE IT’S THE CUP… DROP THE PUCK SO WE CAN TAKE THE CUP!!!  GO LOS ANGELES!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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