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2011–12 Los Angeles Kings season

The 2011–12 Los Angeles Kings season was the 45th season (44th season of play) for the National Hockey League franchise. Although they finished the season with 95 points, and the eighth seed in the Western Conference playoffs, they went on to capture the first Stanley Cup championship in team history.[1][2]

2011–12 Los Angeles Kings
Stanley Cup champions
Western Conference champions
Division 3rd Pacific
Conference 8th Western
2011–12 record 40–27–15
Home record 22–14–5
Road record 18–13–10
Goals for 194
Goals against 179
Team information
General Manager Dean Lombardi
Coach Terry Murray (Oct–Dec)
John Stevens (Dec) interim
Darryl Sutter (Dec–Jun)
Captain Dustin Brown
Alternate captains Matt Greene
Anze Kopitar
Arena Staples Center
Average attendance 18,118 (100%)
Total: 706,636 (39 games at Staples)
Team leaders
Goals Anze Kopitar (25)
Assists Anze Kopitar (51)
Points Anze Kopitar (76)
Penalties in minutes Kyle Clifford (123)
Plus/minus Willie Mitchell (+20)
Wins Jonathan Quick (35)
Goals against average Jonathan Quick (1.95)

Contents

Off-seasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

On December 12, 2011, the Kings relieved Head Coach Terry Murray of his coaching duties and named John Stevens as interim head coach.[3] On December 20, 2011, the Kings hired Darryl Sutter to be their head coach, replacing Interim Head Coach John Stevens.[4]

The Kings were 10th in the Western Conference, 2 seeds away from a playoff spot, with only a month to go in the regular season. Their defense and goaltending being the only highlights throughout most the season, highlighted by Jonathan Quick and Drew Doughty. The offense was loaded with talent, but unable to find any kind of significant consistency. Until the final month and a half, when they proceeded to go 12-4-3 in their final 19 games as their offense finally caught fire and started scoring the goals they lacked earlier in the year. Securing the 8th and final playoff seed in their 81st and second to last game, a shoot-out loss to their archrival, San Jose Sharks.

Out of the Kings 82 regular-season games, 21 ended in a shutout. The Kings as a team were shut-out 10 times, a League-high. [5][6]

PlayoffsEdit

The Kings made the playoffs for the third consecutive season, needing a win in the final game to secure the eighth seed. The Kings also became the second team to eliminate the first, second and third seeds from the playoffs in the same post-season (after the 2003–04 Calgary Flames), as well as the only team to win the Stanley Cup after defeating the first, second and third seeds in sequence. (Darryl Sutter was the head coach of both the 2003–04 Flames and 2011–12 Kings.) They then defeated the New Jersey Devils in the Stanley Cup Finals, becoming the first eighth seed in North American professional sports history to win a championship. They are also one of the few teams to win a championship after never benefitting from home-venue advantage in the post-season. Los Angeles would start every series by winning the first three games, only sweeping the St. Louis Blues.

StandingsEdit

Pacific Division[7]
GP W L OTL ROW GF GA Pts
1 y – Phoenix Coyotes 82 42 27 13 36 216 204 97
2 San Jose Sharks 82 43 29 10 34 228 210 96
3 Los Angeles Kings 82 40 27 15 34 194 179 95
4 Dallas Stars 82 42 35 5 35 211 222 89
5 Anaheim Ducks 82 34 36 12 31 204 231 80
Western Conference
Pos Div Team GP W L OTL ROW GF GA GD Pts
1 NW p – Vancouver Canucks 82 51 22 9 43 249 198 +51 111
2 CE y – St. Louis Blues 82 49 22 11 45 210 165 +45 109
3 PA y – Phoenix Coyotes 82 42 27 13 36 216 204 +12 97
4 CE x – Nashville Predators 82 48 26 8 43 237 210 +27 104
5 CE x – Detroit Red Wings 82 48 28 6 39 248 203 +45 102
6 CE x – Chicago Blackhawks 82 45 26 11 38 248 238 +10 101
7 PA x – San Jose Sharks 82 43 29 10 34 228 210 +18 96
8 PA x – Los Angeles Kings 82 40 27 15 34 194 179 +15 95
9 NW Calgary Flames 82 37 29 16 34 202 226 −24 90
10 PA Dallas Stars 82 42 35 5 35 211 222 −11 89
11 NW Colorado Avalanche 82 41 35 6 32 208 220 −12 88
12 NW Minnesota Wild 82 35 36 11 24 177 226 −49 81
13 PA Anaheim Ducks 82 34 36 12 31 204 231 −27 80
14 NW Edmonton Oilers 82 32 40 10 27 212 239 −27 74
15 CE Columbus Blue Jackets 82 29 46 7 25 202 262 −60 65
Source: National Hockey League
p – Clinched Presidents Trophy; x – Clinched playoff spot; y – Clinched division.


Schedule and resultsEdit

Pre-seasonEdit

Regular seasonEdit

2011–12 game log

Legend:   Win (2 points)   Loss (0 points)   Overtime/shootout loss (1 point)

PlayoffsEdit

2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs

Legend:   Win   Loss

Player statisticsEdit

SkatersEdit

GoaltendersEdit

Note:  Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Regular season
Player GP Min W L OT GA GAA SA Sv% SO
Jonathan Quick 69 4099 35 21 13 133 1.95 1863 .929 10
Jonathan Bernier 16 890 5 6 2 35 2.36 383 .909 1
Playoffs
Player GP Min W L GA GAA SA Sv% SO
Jonathan Quick 20 1238 16 4 29 1.41 538 .946 3

Denotes player spent time with another team before joining Kings. Stats reflect time with the Kings only.
Traded mid-season.
Bold/italics denotes franchise record.
Underline denotes currently with a minor league affiliate.

Awards and recordsEdit

AwardsEdit

Regular season
Player Award Awarded
Jonathan Quick[118] NHL First Star of the Week October 24, 2011
Jonathan Quick[119] NHL Third Star of the Week December 5, 2011
Jonathan Quick[120] NHL Third Star of the Week January 2, 2012
Jonathan Quick[121] Conn Smythe Trophy June 11, 2012
Los Angeles Kings[122] Best Upset ESPY Award July 11, 2012
Jonathan Quick[122] Best NHL Player ESPY Award July 11, 2012

RecordsEdit

MilestonesEdit

Regular season
Player Milestone Reached
Slava Voynov 1st career NHL game October 18, 2011
Jonathan Quick 100th career NHL win October 20, 2011
Anze Kopitar 400th career NHL game October 22, 2011
Slava Voynov 1st career NHL goal
1st career NHL assist
1st career NHL point
October 27, 2011
Jarret Stoll 300th career NHL point November 8, 2011
Jack Johnson 300th career NHL game November 16, 2011
Trevor Lewis 100th career NHL game November 16, 2011
Matt Greene 400th career NHL game November 22, 2011
Kevin Westgarth 1st career NHL goal November 23, 2011
Kyle Clifford 100th career NHL game November 28, 2011
Jonathan Quick 200th career NHL game November 28, 2011
Davis Drewiske 100th career NHL game December 6, 2011
Trent Hunter 100th career NHL goal December 8, 2011
Drew Doughty 100th career NHL assist December 15, 2011
Rob Scuderi 500th career NHL game January 14, 2012
Anze Kopitar 400th career NHL point January 15, 2012
Mike Richards 500th career NHL game February 9, 2012
Jordan Nolan 1st career NHL game February 11, 2012
Dwight King 1st career NHL goal
1st career NHL assist
1st career NHL point
February 12, 2012
Jordan Nolan 1st career NHL goal
1st career NHL point
February 12, 2012
Willie Mitchell 700th career NHL game February 28, 2012
Drew Doughty 300th career NHL game March 8, 2012
Alec Martinez 100th career NHL game March 9, 2012
Playoffs
Player Milestone Reached
Dwight King 1st career NHL playoff game April 11, 2012
Jordan Nolan 1st career NHL playoff game April 11, 2012
Slava Voynov 1st career NHL playoff game April 11, 2012
Andrei Loktionov 1st career NHL playoff game April 13, 2012
Jeff Carter 50th career NHL playoff game April 18, 2012
Slava Voynov 1st career NHL playoff goal
1st career NHL playoff point
April 28, 2012
Matt Greene 1st career NHL playoff goal April 28, 2012
Jon Quick 10th career NHL playoff win April 28, 2012
Dwight King 1st career NHL playoff goal
1st career NHL playoff point
May 3, 2012
Jordan Nolan 1st career NHL playoff goal
1st career NHL playoff point
May 6, 2012
Dustin Penner 50th career NHL playoff game May 13, 2012
Mike Richards 75th career NHL playoff game May 17, 2012
Rob Scuderi 75th career NHL playoff game May 22, 2012
Jarret Stoll 50th career NHL playoff game May 30, 2012
Colin Fraser 1st career NHL playoff goal May 30, 2012
Alec Martinez 1st career NHL playoff goal June 4, 2012

Final rosterEdit

Updated June 4, 2012.[123]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace
64   Andreoff, AndyAndy Andreoff LW L 26 2011 Pickering, Ontario
62   Azevedo, JustinJustin Azevedo C R 29 2008 St. Thomas, Ontario
45   Bernier, JonathanJonathan Bernier G L 29 2006 Laval, Quebec
23   Brown, DustinDustin Brown (C) RW R 32 2003 Ithaca, New York
81   Campbell, AndrewAndrew Campbell D L 29 2008 Caledonia, Ontario
77   Carter, JeffJeff Carter C R 32 2012 London, Ontario
13   Clifford, KyleKyle Clifford LW R 26 2009 Ayr, Ontario
67   Cliche, Marc-AndreMarc-Andre Cliche C R 30 2007 Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec
56   Clune, RichardRichard Clune LW L 30 2008 Toronto, Ontario
8   Doughty, DrewDrew Doughty D R 27 2008 London, Ontario
44   Drewiske, DavisDavis Drewiske D L 32 2008 Hudson, Wisconsin
24   Fraser, ColinColin Fraser C L 32 2011 Sicamous, British Columbia
12   Gagne, SimonSimon Gagne LW L 37 2011 Sainte-Foy, Quebec
2   Greene, MattMatt Greene (A) D R 34 2008 Grand Ledge, Michigan
37   Hickey, ThomasThomas Hickey D L 28 2007 Calgary, Alberta
31   Jones, MartinMartin Jones G R 27 2009 North Vancouver, British Columbia
74   King, DwightDwight King LW L 28 2007 Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan
11   Kopitar, AnzeAnze Kopitar (A) C L 30 2005 Jesenice, Slovenia
22   Lewis, TrevorTrevor Lewis C R 30 2006 Salt Lake City, Utah
48   Loktionov, AndreiAndrei Loktionov C L 27 2008 Voskresensk, Soviet Union
27   Martinez, AlecAlec Martinez D L 30 2007 Rochester Hills, Michigan
33   Mitchell, WillieWillie Mitchell D L 40 2010 Port McNeill, British Columbia
59   Mullen, PatrickPatrick Mullen D R 31 2009 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
6   Muzzin, JakeJake Muzzin D L 28 2010 Woodstock, Ontario
71   Nolan, JordanJordan Nolan C L 28 2009 St. Catharines, Ontario
21   Parse, ScottScott Parse   RW R 33 2004 Kalamazoo, Michigan
25   Penner, DustinDustin Penner LW L 35 2011 Winkler, Manitoba
32   Quick, JonathanJonathan Quick G L 31 2005 Milford, Connecticut
10   Richards, MikeMike Richards C L 32 2011 Kenora, Ontario
15   Richardson, BradBrad Richardson LW L 32 2008 Belleville, Ontario
7   Scuderi, RobRob Scuderi D L 38 2009 Syosset, New York
28   Stoll, JarretJarret Stoll C R 35 2008 Melville, Saskatchewan
73   Toffoli, TylerTyler Toffoli RW R 25 2010 Scarborough, Ontario
57   Vey, LindenLinden Vey RW R 26 2009 Wakaw, Saskatchewan
26   Voynov, SlavaSlava Voynov D R 27 2008 Chelyabinsk, Soviet Union
19   Westgarth, KevinKevin Westgarth C R 33 2007 Amherstburg, Ontario
14   Williams, JustinJustin Williams RW R 36 2009 Cobourg, Ontario

TransactionsEdit

The Kings have been involved in the following transactions during the 2011–12 season.

Draft picksEdit

LA 's picks at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Round # Player Position Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
2 49 Christopher Gibson G   Finland Chicoutimi Sagueneens (QMJHL)
3 80 Andy Andreoff C   Canada Oshawa Generals (OHL)
3 82 (from Nashville) Nick Shore C   United States University of Denver (WCHA)
4 110 Michael Mersch LW   United States University of Wisconsin (WCHA)
5 140 Joel Lowry LW   Canada Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL)
7 200 Michael Schumacher LW   Sweden Frolunda HC Jr. (Swe-Jr.)

Farm teamsEdit

Manchester Monarchs (AHL)Edit

The 2011–12 season will be the 11th season of AHL hockey for the franchise. The Monarchs clinched a playoff berth as the 8th seed in the Eastern Conference in the 2012 Calder Cup Playoffs and faced the Norfolk Admirals, where they were defeated 3 games to 1.

Ontario Reign (ECHL)Edit

The 2011–12 season will be the fourth season of ECHL hockey for the franchise since moving to Ontario from Texas. It saw the Reign capture their second Pacific Division Regular Season championship and their second playoff berth. However, the Reign lost to the Idaho Steelheads in the first round of the 2012 Kelly Cup playoffs. The Reign have never advanced past the first round in their franchise history.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "LA Kings beat Devils 6-1, claim 1st Stanley Cup". Washington Post. 12 June 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Kings Capture the Cup With an Early Outburst". New York Times. 12 June 2012. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Terry Murray Relieved of his Duties
  4. ^ Lombardi Gets His Man
  5. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/teams/LAK/2012_games.html
  6. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_2012_games.html
  7. ^ "2011–2012 Standings by Division". National Hockey League. Retrieved February 20, 2012. 
  8. ^ Kings slip past Coyotes 3–2
  9. ^ Coyotes 2, Kings 1 SO
  10. ^ Ducks 3, Kings 1
  11. ^ Penguins 3, Kings 2 SO
  12. ^ Kings 6, Avalanche 0
  13. ^ Kings 3, Ducks 1
  14. ^ Avalanche 4, Kings 1 Archived October 6, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ Kings 5, Freezers 4
  16. ^ Kings 3, Rangers 2, OT
  17. ^ Sabres 4, Kings 2
  18. ^ Devils 2, Kings 1, SO
  19. ^ Kings 3, Flyers 2, OT
  20. ^ Kings 5, Blues 0
  21. ^ Kings 2, Coyotes 0
  22. ^ Kings 1, Stars 0
  23. ^ Devils 3, Kings 0
  24. ^ Kings 5, Stars 3
  25. ^ Coyotes 3, Kings 2, OT
  26. ^ Avalanche 3, Kings 2
  27. ^ Oilers 3, Kings 0
  28. ^ Penguins 3, Kings 2, SO
  29. ^ Sharks 4, Kings 2
  30. ^ Kings 4, Predators 3
  31. ^ Canucks 3, Kings 2
  32. ^ Kings 5, Wild 2
  33. ^ Kings 2, Ducks 1, SO
  34. ^ Kings 5, Ducks 3
  35. ^ Red Wings 4, Kings 1
  36. ^ Kings 3, Blues 2
  37. ^ Stars 3, Kings 2, OT
  38. ^ Blackhawks 2, Kings 1
  39. ^ Kings 2, Sharks 0
  40. ^ Kings 2, Panthers 1
  41. ^ Canadiens 2, Kings 1
  42. ^ Ducks 3, Kings 2
  43. ^ Wild 4, Kings 2
  44. ^ Stars 2, Kings 1
  45. ^ Bruins 3, Kings 0
  46. ^ Kings 2, Blue Jackets 1
  47. ^ Red Wings 8, Kings 2
  48. ^ Kings 3, Maple Leafs 2, SO
  49. ^ Kings 3, Ducks 2, SO
  50. ^ Sharks 2, Kings 1, SO
  51. ^ Kings 4, Coyotes 3
  52. ^ Kings 2, Blackhawks 0
  53. ^ Jets 1, Kings 0, OT
  54. ^ Kings 4, Canucks 1
  55. ^ Avalanche 2, Kings 1, SO
  56. ^ Kings 1, Coyotes 0, OT
  57. ^ Blue Jackets 1, Kings 0
  58. ^ Kings 5, Capitals 2
  59. ^ Stars 5, Kings 4, SO
  60. ^ Kings 4, Flames 1
  61. ^ Oilers 2, Kings 1, OT
  62. ^ Kings 3, Canucks 2, SO
  63. ^ Flames 2, Kings 1, SO
  64. ^ Avalanche 3, Kings 1
  65. ^ Kings 4, Senators 1
  66. ^ Kings 3, Blue Jackets 2
  67. ^ Blues 1, Kings 0
  68. ^ Hurricanes 2, Kings 1
  69. ^ Kings 3, Lightning 1
  70. ^ Panthers 3, Kings 1
  71. ^ Islanders 2, Kings 1, OT
  72. ^ Kings 4, Stars 2
  73. ^ Coyotes 1, Kings 0
  74. ^ Flames 1, Kings 0
  75. ^ Coyotes 5, Kings 4, SO
  76. ^ Avalanche 4, Kings 1
  77. ^ Kings 4, Blackhawks 0
  78. ^ Predators 2, Kings 1
  79. ^ Kings 4, Wild 0
  80. ^ Kings 4, Ducks 2
  81. ^ Kings 5, Predators 4
  82. ^ Blue Jackets 3, Kings 1
  83. ^ Red Wings 4, Kings 3
  84. ^ Kings 3, Blackhawks 2, SO
  85. ^ Kings 5, Red Wings 2
  86. ^ Kings 4, Ducks 2
  87. ^ Kings 4, Predators 2
  88. ^ Kings 5, Sharks 2
  89. ^ Kings 1, Blues 0, SO
  90. ^ Bruins 4, Kings 2
  91. ^ Canucks 1, Kings 0
  92. ^ Kings 3, Flames 0
  93. ^ Kings 4, Oilers 1
  94. ^ Wild 4, Kings 3, SO
  95. ^ Kings 2, Oilers 0
  96. ^ Sharks 6, Kings 5, SO
  97. ^ Sharks 3, Kings 2, OT
  98. ^ Kings 4, Canucks 2
  99. ^ Kings 4, Canucks 2
  100. ^ Kings 1, Canucks 0
  101. ^ Canucks 3, Kings 1
  102. ^ Kings 2, Canucks 1, OT
  103. ^ Kings 3, Blues 1
  104. ^ Kings 5, Blues 2
  105. ^ Kings 4, Blues 2
  106. ^ Kings 3, Blues 1
  107. ^ Kings 4, Coyotes 2
  108. ^ Kings 4, Coyotes 0
  109. ^ Kings 2, Coyotes 1
  110. ^ Coyotes avoid sweep with 2-0 win
  111. ^ Kings 4, Coyotes 3, OT
  112. ^ Kings 2, Devils 1, OT
  113. ^ Kings 2, Devils 1, OT
  114. ^ Kings 4, Devils 0
  115. ^ Devils 3, Kings 1
  116. ^ Devils 2, Kings 1
  117. ^ Kings 6, Devils 1
  118. ^ Quick's dominance earns him NHL's 'First Star'
  119. ^ Moulson, O'Reilly, Quick named as 'Three Stars'
  120. ^ Stamkos, Ovechkin, Quick earn Three Star nods
  121. ^ Quick uses historic stinginess to claim Conn Smythe
  122. ^ a b LeBron James big winner at ESPYS
  123. ^ "Kings Roster - Los Angeles Kings - Team". Retrieved 2012-04-29. 
  124. ^ Kings Acquire All-Star Center Mike Richards As Part Of A Three-Player Blockbuster Trade With The Philadelphia Flyers
  125. ^ Kings Make Splash with Trade for Richards
  126. ^ Defensemen deals highlight draft weekend trades
  127. ^ Kings Acquire F Colin Fraser and a 2012 7th-Round Pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft from the Oilers for F Ryan Smyth
  128. ^ Kings Acquire Stefan Legein, Draft Pick From Philly
  129. ^ Kings Acquire Jeff Carter from Columbus
  130. ^ Simon Gagne Signs Two-Year Deal with Kings
  131. ^ Kings Sign Moreau to One-Year Deal
  132. ^ a b Kings Sign F Cam Paddock and D Alex Roach
  133. ^ Kigns Sign F Trent Hunter to One-Year Contract
  134. ^ Kings Sign Forward Brian O'Neill To One-Year Entry Level Contract
  135. ^ "Moller finished for two years" (in Swedish). Skelleftea AIK. 2011-05-19. Archived from the original on May 23, 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-23. 
  136. ^ Big Center Handzus A Free Agent Signee
  137. ^ Canes Agree to Terms with Alexei Ponikarovsky
  138. ^ "Corey Elkins will play in Pardubice" (in Czech). HC Pardubice. 2011-07-18. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  139. ^ "Canadian Forward Clear" (in Swedish). Skelleftea AIK. 2011-07-25. Archived from the original on September 24, 2011. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  140. ^ New Jersey Devils Sign 12 Players
  141. ^ "John Zeiler Wird Ein Panther" (in German). Augsburger Panther. 2011-09-08. Retrieved 2011-10-01. 
  142. ^ a b Kings Sign Two Prospects to 3-Year Entry Level Contracts
  143. ^ Kings Sign Prospect Nicolas Deslauriers To A Three-Year Entry Level Contract
  144. ^ Martinez Signed to Two-Year Extension
  145. ^ Kings, Richardson Agree to Two-Year Deal
  146. ^ Kings, Lewis Agree on Two-Year Extension
  147. ^ a b c d e f Six Players Agree to Terms with Kings
  148. ^ Kings Sign Westgarth to two-year extension
  149. ^ Kings, Doughty Get the Deal Done
  150. ^ a b Kings Sign Forwards Czarnik, Andreoff
  151. ^ Kings Sign Willie Mitchell To Two-Year Extension