KINGS 2008-09 SEASON BY THE NUMBERS
The Los Angeles Kings, the youngest team in the NHL in 2008-09, surprised many by making a run at the post season, only to come up short. In the process, Kings fans began to see the fruits of a youth movement orchestrated by GM Dean Lombardi as the franchise entered year No. 3 of his rebuilding project.
.500 - Jack Johnson's shootout percentage, converting on 3-of-6 attempts as the young blueliner emerged as one of the best shootout artists in the league.( Watch Johnson's move vs. Yann Danis | NHL.com's John McGourty takes a look at the best shootout defensemen in the league.)
.714 - Save percentage of Jonathan Quick in the shootout (10-of-14) as he posted a 4-1 record in five shootouts. The .714 SV percentage is the highest career save percentage in Kings history (min. 10 attempts).
:35 - Seconds remaining on Dustin Brown's GWG in OT at Boston 700K. Brown beat Tim Thomas and the Eastern Conference's No. 1 team to give the Kings a 3-2 win on the road.
1 - Captain Brown recorded his first career hat trick on Dec. 11, scoring at 8:44 and 7:32 of the second period vs. Chris Mason and then at 12:45 of the third vs. Ben Bishop in the Kings 6-2 win over St. Louis.
2 - No. 2 pick Drew Doughty led all rookies (and the Kings) with 23:49 average time-on-ice. He played at least 20 minutes in 76 of 81 games this season (25-plus minutes in 34 games and a season-high 29:04 Nov. 22 vs. Colorado). Doughty had 27 points this season (6-21=27), tied for first among rookie blue-liners. His 21 assists also ranked tied for first among rookie defensemen, while his six goals were tied for second. He was second among rookies with 114 blocked shots. His 27 points were the most by a Kings rookie defenseman since Lubomir Visnovsky, who had 39 points (7-32=39) in 2000-01.
3 - The amount of overtime goals scored by the Kings in 2008-09, Michal Handzus scored twice (Oct. 17, 2008 vs. Carolina (700K) and March 5, 2009 (700K) vs. Dallas ), and Brown on March 19, 2009 at Boston (700K). Brown's OT goal was the only road OT goal scored, while both of Handzus' tallies were at STAPLES Center.
4 - The Kings scored with the goalie pulled four times, on March 5, 2009 vs. Dallas (Anze Kopitar), in back-to-back games vs. Edmonton on Feb. 14 (Brown) and vs. Atlanta on Feb. 16 (Kopitar) and then again vs. Dallas on Jan. 17, 2009 (Alexander Frolov).
4-1-0 - The Kings record on five-game road trip from Jan. 31 - Feb. 10, through Montreal, Ottawa, Washington, New Jersey and the New York Islanders, tying the franchise best record on a five-game road trip.
5 - Straight years that Alexander Frolov has scored at least 20 goals. The last King to accomplish that was Luc Robitaille, who scored 20-plus goals eight straight seasons from 1986-97 to 1993-94). Frolov led the Kings with 32 goals (third time he’s led the team in goals) and was second on the club with 59 points (32-27=59). Frolov has now reached and the 30-goal plateau twice (career high 35 goals in 2006-07). He had 30 points in his final 32 games (14-16=30).
8 - Improvement in standings points by the Kings from 2008-09 (34-47-11, 79 pts.) over 2007-08 (32-43-7, 71 pts.) The Kings finished 11 points better than their finish in 2006-07 (27-41-14, 68 pts.)
13 - The Kings (6) and Thrashers (7) combined for 13 goals in the Kings' highest scoring game of the season.
14 - Sellouts at STAPLES Center in 2008-09. Up from 13 the year before. The Kings averaged 16,489 fans per game.
19 - The Kings played in 19 OT games this season, posting an 8-11 record, with six games ending in OT (3-3) and 13 advancing to the shootout (5-8)
21 - Wins by Jonathan Quick, the third most by a rookie goaltender in Kings history (Mario Lessard had 23 in 1978-79; Bob Janecyk had 22 in 1984-85). Quick started 22 of the final 27 games and 41 of the final 52 games since being recalled from Manchester on Dec. 16. He ranked third among rookie goaltenders with a 2.48 goals-against average, 21 wins, four shutouts and a .914 save percentage. He had a 1.76 goals-against average (16 GA in 546:03) and .942 save percentage (258 saves in 274 shots) in nine straight appearances from March 22 to April 9.
26.117 - Average age in years by the Kings roster in 2008-09.
28.1 - The Kings finished fourth in the NHL allowing just 28.1 shots per game. The team finished 28th in shots against (32.0) in 2007-08.
38 - Number of points that Kyle Quincey (4-34=38) accumulated in 2008-09. Quincey was picked up off of waivers from Detroit on Oct. 12, 2008.
42 - Number of points that Handzus recorded (18-24=42) in 82 games this season, exactly twice as many points he scored in 82 games last season (7-14=21). Handzus had 15 points in the final 22 games (7-8=15) and nine points in the final 15 games (4-5=9).
82.9 - Penalty Kill percentage for the Kings in 2008-09, which ranked seventh in the NHL. Last season the Kings ranked 30th overall on the PK (78.0%).
167 - Blocked shots by defenseman Matt Greene to lead the Kings and rank 10th in the NHL.
285 - Hits that Brown recorded to lead the Kings and finish third in the NHL. Brown donated $50 for every hit this season to KaBOOM! For more information log onto www.lakings.com/kaboom
463 - Number of games Sean O'Donnell has played as a member of the Kings, which ranks seventh on the franchise's all-time list amongst defensemen. OD played in his 1,000th NHL game March 14 at San Jose.
1,000 - Michal Handzus scored a goal on the 1,000th shot of his NHL career, his first shot of a season-high six shot effort vs. the Dallas Stars on March 5. Handzus would score two more times including the game-winning in OT in his first hat trick since Dec. 23, 2000.
1,122 - Days between Kings penalty shot goals as Patrick O'Sullivan converted vs. Scott Clemmensen of New Jersey on Feb. 7, 2009. The last Kings penalty shot goal prior to that was Jan. 12, 2006, when Alexander Frolov beat Boston's Andrew Raycroft.
50,000 - Amount in dollars the Kings Care foundation will receive from the Anaheim Ducks as a result of posting a 3-2-1 record in the six-game series and winning the Freeway Faceoff. Kings Care donated the $50,000 to the TJ Martell Foundation, one of the world?s primary funders of innovative, early stage cancer and AIDS research that leads to practical, effective treatments in the near term.