March 8, 2014 2:52 pm

Who has the best penalty plus-minus on the Kings?

That would be current fourth line center Trevor Lewis, who has drawn 18 minor penalties while being whistled for only three. I learned this in a conversation with The Royal Half blogger Pumper Nicholl yesterday, and after checking Los Angeles’ numbers at ExtraSkater.com, found several interesting numbers in the Kings’ ability to draw penalties.

The numbers:

Trevor Lewis: 18 / 3 = +15
Dustin Brown: 34 / 22 = +12
Anze Kopitar: 19 / 8 = +11
Mike Richards: 16 / 11 = +5
Linden Vey: 4 / 0 = +4
Jordan Nolan: 18 / 15 = +3
Tanner Pearson: 2 / 0 = +2
Dwight King: 9 / 8 = +1
Alec Martinez: 5 / 5 = 0
Tyler Toffoli: 5 / 5 = 0
Justin Williams: 17 / 19 = -2
Jeff Carter: 10 / 13 = -3
Slava Voynov: 9 / 18 = -9
Robyn Regehr: 8 / 17 = -9
Matt Greene: 3 / 15 = -12
Kyle Clifford: 11 / 23 = -12
Drew Doughty: 16 / 29 = -13
Jake Muzzin: 11 / 25 = -14
Jarret Stoll: 5 / 20 = -15
Willie Mitchell: 5 / 21 = -16

Notes and observations:

-Pay little attention to penalty plus/minus by defensemen due to the nature of the position.

-The Kings have been whistled for 277 minor penalties, the third highest accumulation in the league. Los Angeles’ 11.5 penalty minutes per game is the 11th-highest penalty minute average in the league.

-Trevor Lewis is an effective forechecker that doesn’t put himself in position to take many penalties.

-Jordan Nolan is a penalty magnet, for and against his team (though usually for). He is involved in an infraction for every 14:13 he is on the ice.

-A penalty is assessed against Kyle Clifford for every 23:02 he is on the ice.

-Jarret Stoll is called for a lot of penalties, though keep in mind he starts a higher percentage of faceoffs in the defensive zone than any other Kings forward.

-On the other hand, Anze Kopitar’s defensive zone starting rate is the second highest amongst Kings forwards, and he has a penalty plus/minus of plus-11 and an actual plus-minus of plus-25. He’s a good player, that Kopitar.

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