5 Incredible Stats from Los Angeles Kings' Postseason
The Los Angeles Kings will play in another Game 7. After winning the Stanley Cup in 2011-12 without playing a single Game 7, three of the Kings' last four playoff series have gone the distance.
They are 2-1 so far.
A win Friday versus the Anaheim Ducks would put the Kings into the Western Conference Final for the third straight season. With those stats in mind, there are a number of other remarkable figures surrounding the Kings as they look to extend their playoff run.
These are the five most incredible stats of the Kings' 2013-14 postseason.
The Kings have racked up 596 hits in 13 playoff games, an average of 45.83 per game. The Anaheim Ducks are a distant second with 453 hits, an average of 37.75 per game.
L.A. dominates puck possession, and their physical game is a big part of that. Clean hits in the corners and outmuscling their opponent along the boards allows the Kings to control the tempo.
It's crucial that every player buys into this system, and the Kings' players do, without question. Of those L.A. players who have appeared in 13 games, only two have totaled fewer than 20 hits—Jeff Carter (19) and Marian Gaborik (nine).
Trouble When Trailing
The Kings can come back from the biggest deficit in a series to win, but to come back in a single game has proven to be difficult.
When the Kings allow the first goal in the 2013-14 playoffs, they have a win percentage of just .167.
When trailing after one period, they are 0-4, and when trailing after two periods, they are 0-5.
The first three games of the playoffs account for a significant portion of these stats. But, it's still a good indication that when the Kings dig a hole in a game, they have trouble getting back to the surface.
In a Game 7 showdown, they must keep the game close. The Kings have shown they aren't capable of scoring in bunches. Therefore, it's highly unlikely they could pull off what the Bruins did last year, coming back to beat the Maple Leafs after going down 4-1.
The Kings are now 5-0 in elimination games this postseason, following their 2-1 win over the Ducks in Game 6. The Kings won four consecutive games against the Sharks to become just the fourth team in NHL history to win a series after trailing 3-0.
L.A. is now 6-1 in elimination games in the past two seasons, after not once facing elimination en route to its first Stanley Cup in franchise history in 2011-12.
Winning Game 7 would set up a rematch of last year's conference final with the Chicago Blackhawks, a series the Kings lost in five games.
Power Play: 20.9 Percent
A power-play percentage of 20.9 may not seem impressive. In fact, it has the Kings ranked seventh in the postseason. But when you consider they ranked 27th with a power-play percentage of 15.1 in the regular season, this is a major upgrade.
Their nine playoff markers have made a big difference in close games in these playoffs. They are passing the puck well, especially around the net in tight areas. Drew Doughty is finding openings from the blue line to shoot, as well as set up his teammates with one-timers.
Jeff Carter leads with the way with three power-play goals, while six other players have one each. Carter, Marian Gaborik and Drew Doughty have five power-play points each.
If the Kings move on to face Corey Crawford—who has been remarkable in recent games—the power play may be the key to winning the series.
Anze Kopitar: 17 Points
Anze Kopitar has great stats across the board. There isn't one number that does his performance in the playoffs justice.
The 26-year-old Slovenian has been spectacular in all situations and should be considered a heavy favorite for the Conn Smythe Trophy at this point.
Kopitar leads the playoffs with 17 points, which is probably his most impressive stat. His four goals and 13 assists put him three points ahead of Evgeni Malkin, Zach Parise and Ryan Getzlaf, who are tied for second in playoff points.
Kopitar is also tied for the best plus/minus rating in the playoffs at plus-seven and has won 53.8 percent of his draws.
However, all of this will be quickly forgotten unless he leads the Kings to victory in Game 7 on Friday.
Stats courtesy of NHL.com.