Team Recap: 13th-seeded ’74-’75 Los Angeles Kings

The 13th-seeded '74-'75 Los Angeles Kings

The 13th-seeded ’74-’75 Los Angeles Kings

  • Bob Berry (LW)
    • 16 GP   5 G   5 A   10 P   +3   19 S   1 GWG   2 PIM   6 Stars
  • Larry Brown (D)
    • 16 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   +4   16 S   0 GWG   2 PIM   3 Stars
  • Gene Carr (C)
    • 16 GP   2 G   7 A   9 P   +7*   57 S   2* GWG   4 PIM   2 Stars
  • Mike Corrigan (LW)
    • 13 GP   0 G   0 A   0 P   Even   2 S   0 G   0 PIM   0 Stars
  • Butch Goring (C)
    • 16 GP   7 G   8 A   15 P   -3   33 S   1 GWG   2 PIM   8 Stars
  • Terry Harper (D)
    • 16 GP   1 G   5 A   6 P   -3   22 S   0 GWG   8 PIM   0 Stars
  • Dave Hutchison (D)
    • 16 GP   0 G   2 A   2 P   +6   14 S   0 GWG   14 PIM   0 Stars
  • Sheldon Kannegiesser (D)
    • 16 GP   0 G   4 A   4 P   +6   23 S   0 GWG   7 PIM   0 Stars
  • Neil Komadoski (D)
    • 16 GP   1 G   0 A   1 P   +4   24 S   0 GWG   6 PIM   2 Stars
  • Don Kozak (RW)
    • 16 GP   1 G   1 A   2 P   +4   14 S   0 GWG   6 PIM   0 Stars
  • Dan Maloney (LW)
    • 16 GP   7 G   13* A   20* P   +3   97* S   1 GWG   27* PIM   7 Stars
  • Bob Murdoch (D)
    • 16 GP   1 G   4 A   5 P   -4   30 S   1 GWG   8 PIM   1 Stars
  • Mike Murphy (RW)
    • 16 GP   0 G   8 A   8 P   +3   35 S   0 GWG   4 PIM   0 Stars
  • Bob Nevin (RW)
    • 16 GP   8* G   3 A   11 P   -3   40 S   1 GWG   0 PIM   5 Stars
  • Frank St. Marseille (RW)
    • 16 GP   1 G   5 A   6 P   +2   30 S   0 GWG   0 PIM   1 Stars
  • Rogie Vachon (G)
    • 16 GP   16 GS   10-6-0   2.00 GAA   .919 SV%   2 SO   9* Stars
  • Juha Widing (C)
    • 16 GP   3 G   0 A   3 P   +3   40 S   1 GWG   2 PIM   3 Stars
  • Tom Williams (LW)
    • 16 GP   6 G   2 A   8 P   +1   53 S   2* GWG   2 PIM   2 Stars

* – Team Best

Team Stats:

  • Record: 10-6-0
  • Goals Scored: 43
  • Goals/Game: 2.69 – 3rd worst for a team that won at least one series
  • Goals Allowed: 32
  • Goals Allowed/Game: 2.00 – Best in tournament
  • Shots: 544
  • Shots Allowed: 393
  • Shots/Game: 34.0
  • Shots Allowed/Game: 24.6 – Best in tournament
  • # of PP’s: 34
  • PPG’s: 9
  • PP%: 26.5%
  • TSH: 27
  • PPGA: 4
  • PK%: 85.2%
  • Penalties in minutes: 94

The ’74-’75 Los Angeles Kings were the first really good team in Kings history. Of course, the franchise was still less than 10 years old at that point. Here, they were making their Ultimate NHL Playoff debut and they won the first UNP series for the Kings before they made a very impressive run.

First Round:

Bye

Second Round:

Swept the 20th-seeded ’05-’06 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, 4-0, allowing just five total goals over the four games

Third Round:

Upset 4th-seeded ’73-’74 Boston Bruins in six games

Quarterfinal:

Defeated by 12th-seeded ’74-’75 Philadelphia Flyers in six games after taking a 2-0 series lead

The ’74-’75 Kings posted a 42-17-21 record under head coach Bob Pulford, which was good for 105 points and 2nd in the Norris Division, behind only the Montreal Canadiens. LA’s offense was the definition of mediocrity for the season as the finished ninth out of 18 teams averaging 3.36 goals per game. However, defensively, the Kings were one of the best in the league as they finished allowing 2.31 goals per game, which was ranked second in the league. They benefited a bit from a weak schedule as Hockey Reference ranked their strength of schedule 16th out of 18 teams. Hockey Reference’s SRS ranked LA as the fifth best team in the league that year with a 0.97 rating, which is the second-best rating in Kings history, behind only the ’90-’91 Kings. LA had the fourth seed for the playoffs and unfortunately were eliminated in the Preliminary Round by the 12th-seeded Toronto Maple Leafs in three games (best-of-three). However, due to the team’s success, Pulford was awarded the Jack Adams Award for the league’s best coach.

This team was lacking a real star up front, but their depth was pretty solid. 36-year-old Bob Nevin finished as the team’s leading scorer with just 72 points in 80 games with Mike Murphy 68 points in two fewer games. Those two were also first and second on the team in goals with Nevin potting 31 goals and Murphy slotting home 30. 11 players finished with more than 10 goals and seven of them finished with more than 20. Nevin also turned out to be the team’s to playmaker with 41 helpers while 24-year-old Dan Maloney was second with 39 assists. Maloney also finished with a team-high 165 points in minutes as defenseman Dave Hutchison was second with 133. The biggest star for the Kings was goaltender Rogie Vachon as he posted a 27-14-13 record and a 2.24 goals against average along with six shutouts. Vachon also posted the highest Point Share on the team at 14.0 while defenseman Bob Murdoch was second behind him with a 10.0 share.

Up next are the 12th-seeded ’74-’75 Philadelphia Flyers!

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