Preview of 2016 Los Angeles Kings Qualifying Tournament

2016 Los Angeles Kings Qualifying Tournament

2016 Los Angeles Kings Qualifying Tournament

Here is a little description of each team in the tourney:

  1. ’13-’14 Los Angeles Kings (46-28-8, 100 points (3rd in Pacific), STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS, 0.40 SRS)
  2. ’11-’12 Los Angeles Kings (40-27-15, 95 points (3rd in Pacific), STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS, 0.19 SRS)
  3. ’90-’91 Los Angeles Kings (46-24-10, 102 points (1st in Smythe), Lost in Division Final, 1.04 SRS)
  4. ’74-’75 Los Angeles Kings (42-17-21, 105 points (2nd in Norris), Lost in Preliminary Round, 0.97 SRS)
  5. ’88-’89 Los Angeles Kings (42-31-7, 91 points (2nd in Smythe), Lost in Division Final, 0.58 SRS)
  6. ’80-’81 Los Angeles Kings (43-24-13, 99 points (2nd in Norris), Lost in Preliminary Round, 0.56 SRS)
  7. ’76-’77 Los Angeles Kings (34-31-15, 83 points (2nd in Norris), Lost in Quarterfinal, 0.38 SRS)
  8. ’01-’02 Los Angeles Kings (40-27-11-4, 95 points (3rd in Pacific), Lost in Conference Quarterfinal, 0.35 SRS)

The ’13-’14 Los Angeles Kings were the 14th seed in the inaugural Ultimate NHL Playoff. They had a First Round Bye to begin that tournament, but were then swept in the Second Round by the eventual runners up, the 19h-seeded ’88-’89 Calgary Flames. Meanwhile, the ’74-’75 Los Angeles Kings the 13th seed in the Second Annual UNP and made a deep, surprising run to the Quarterfinal, which included an upset of the 4th-seeded ’73-’74 Boston Bruins who were a semifinalist in the inaugural tourney. The ’74-’75 Kings’ run came to an end at the hand of the 12th-seeded ’74-’75 Philadelphia Flyers in the Quarterfinal, but still a very impressive showing.

Players to Watch:

  • C – Wayne Gretzky – Because, duh.
  • LW – Luc Robitaille – He spent 14 years with the franchise during three stints that covered 20 years. He’s the franchises all-time leading goal-scorer with 557 in 1,077 games and is third all-time in points with 1,069.
  • G – Jonathan Quick – One of my favorite goalies to watch. By the time his career is over, he is going to lead the Kings in every major goaltending category. He has put together some incredible playoff performances.

The tournament results will be posted on the next weekday at 1 pm EST!

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