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Schedule Analysis: the Stretch Run

Everything you wanted to know about the Kings 2009-10 schedule...but were afraid to ask

Wednesday, 07.15.2009 / 3:05 PM / Los Angeles Kings | News
By Thomas LaRocca  - LAKings.com Staff Writer
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Schedule Analysis: the Stretch Run
With the 2009-10 regular season schedule released on Wednesday, LAKings.com takes a (long) look at the slate the Kings are to play in the upcoming season.

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FEBRUARY
FEBRUARY
Pts.
Record
Year
22
10-2-2
1991
20
9-4-2
1992
17
7-3-3
1983
17
8-4-1
2000
14
7-6-0
1988
14
7-5-0
2003
14
6-5-2
2009

The Kings never have to leave the state of California with five home games and a road game at Anaheim on Feb. 8 prior to the Olympic break.

The Kings open the month hosting the NY Rangers on Feb. 2, then Anaheim travels North to STAPLES Center on Feb. 4 and the Red Wings come to town on Feb. 6. The Kings then travel to Anaheim on Feb. 8 and then return home for a game against the Edmonton Oilers and the Colorado Avalanche on Feb. 13.

The Kings will then take a break for the Olympics. The Kings posted a 6-5-2 record last February. and have posted their best February mark back in 1991, a 10-2-2 record for 22 points. The Kings play four of their six games against opponents that made the playoffs a year ago.

Ryan Smyth on the AvalancheFeb. 13 will provide a reunion of sorts as the Kings host the Colorado Avalanche, giving Ryan Smyth a chance to play against his former teammates and the Kings to see former teammates Kyle Quincey and Tom Preissing. The Avalanche finished with a 32-45-5 mark, 10 points behind the Kings as the 15th ranked Western Conference team in 2008-09. It is the end of an era in Colorado as the Captain Joe Sakic has already announced his retirement. The additions Quincey and Preissing should help the Avs' blue line, joining the likes of Adam Foote, John-Michael Liles and Ruslan Salei. Colorado still boasts Milan Hejduk, Marek Svatos and Paul Stastny to carry the offensive load.

The Kings went 1-2-1 vs. Colorado a year ago, Click here to view the Kings all-time series history vs. the Avalanche.

MARCH

MARCH
Pts.
Record
Year
21
9-2-3
1981
21
8-2-4-1
2001
20
9-2-2
1974
19
8-4-3
1977
19
8-4-3
1991

Last March, the Kings slipped out of postseason contention with a 5-8-2 mark during the month. The Kings best mark during the month took place in 1981, a 9-2-3 record. This March, the Kings open with a two-game road trip at Dallas and Nashville before returning home on March 6 vs. the Canadiens. The Kings and Canadiens met last year with an 4-3 loss at Montreal on Jan. 31.

The re-tooled Canadiens finished with a 41-30-11 mark in 2008-09, qualifying for the playoffs as the eighth seed and quickly dispatched by the Boston Bruins in the first round. Click here for the Kings-Canadiens all-time series history.

The Canadiens have been busy, signing former King Michael Cammalleri, defensemen Jaroslav Spacek and Hal Gill, and forward Brian Gionta, while trading for Scott Gomez, so it will be a different looking Montreal team then the one the Kings saw a year ago.

The Kings then travels to face the Chicago Blackhawks on March 10 and March 12 at Dallas.

LA returns home for a four-game homestand hosting the Predators on March 14, Chicago on March 18 and the Islanders on March 20 and Colorado on March 22, the first of a home and home vs. the Avalanche as the Kings will travel to Colorado on March 24.

The Kings have swept four four-game homestands, back in 1975-76, 1980-81, 1996-97 and 2005-06. The flipside of that coin, the Kings have been swept in a four-game homestand on three occasions: 1973-74, 1983-84 and 1996-97. The Kings have hosted homestands of four games 71 times entering this season.

The next night, the Kings will face the St. Louis Blues on the road, one of just two back-to-backs in the month. If you want to call it a break in the schedule, the Kings face only five of their 15 games against opponents this month that made the playoffs a year ago, March could serve as an important month in playoff positioning playing Nashville and Dallas, three times each.

The Kings return home on March 27 vs. the Dallas Stars. The month comes to an end with a back-to-back at Minnesota and Nashville to close out the month.

APRIL
The Kings conclude the season with six games, four of which are at home and five of which are in the state of California. Los Angeles will face the Canucks on April Fools day to start off the month. The Kings have posted a 7-7-1 mark all time on April Fool's Day, first playing on April 1, 1972, winning 9-4 over the California Golden Seals at the Forum. Butch Goring recorded his first NHL Hat Trick in that game.

For other memorable April Fool's Day games, click here.

Kings vs DucksLos Angeles plays the Ducks in a home and home on April 3 at Anaheim and then April 6 at the Honda Center, in what could most likely determine the winner of the Freeway Faceoff, the name of the Kings-Ducks rivalry. Anaheim won the first year of the series, in 2007-08, with the Kings winning in 2008-09. The losing team donates $50,000 to charity in the name of the winning team.

The Kings come home for a contest with Division rival Phoenix on April 8, vs. Edmonton on April 10 in the home finale, and then play at Colorado on April 11 to conclude the season. Three of the Kings six April games are against teams that qualified for the playoffs a year ago.