June 22, 2014 2:48 pm

2014-15 schedule breakdown and unbalanced splits

Full regular season schedule
Pre-season schedule
-Individual tickets will go on sale later this summer.

KEY DATES

Training camps open: September 18
First Kings preseason game: September 22 vs/at Arizona (split squad)
Regular season opens: October 8
First Kings regular season game: October 8 vs San Jose
Christmas Break: December 24-26
Winter Classic: January 1, Chicago at Washington
All-Star Break: January 22-26
All-Star Game: January 25 in Columbus
Final Kings regular season game: April 11 vs San Jose

KEY RIVALRY DATES

First home game vs San Jose: October 8
First game at San Jose: January 21
First home game vs Anaheim: November 15
First game at Anaheim: November 12
First home game vs Chicago: November 29
First game at Chicago: March 30
First home game vs New York Rangers: January 8
First game at New York Rangers: March 24

OTHER INTERESTING DATES

-The Kings have two off-days before a game in Washington on February 3. Expect the team’s White House visit to take place on Monday, February 2.

-There have been reports that the Kings will take part in an outdoor game against San Jose to be played at either AT&T Park in San Francisco or the new Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. It is speculated that the date of the potential Kings-Sharks outdoor game will be Saturday, February 21.

UNBALANCED SCHEDULE

The Kings play 16 Eastern Conference teams twice (one home, one away).

They will play all Central Division teams three times:
-Chicago: 2 home / 1 road
-Colorado: 1 home / 2 road
-Dallas: 1 home / 2 road
-Minnesota: 1 home / 2 road
-Nashville: 2 home / 1 road
-St. Louis: 2 home / 1 road
-Winnipeg: 2 home / 1 road

They will play five Pacific Division teams five times, and one Pacific Division team four times:
-Anaheim: 2 home / 3 road
-Arizona: 2 home / 2 road
-Calgary: 3 home / 2 road
-Edmonton: 2 home / 3 road
-San Jose: 3 home / 2 road
-Vancouver: 2 home / 3 road

Home/road scheduling has been reversed. Pacific Division teams that Los Angeles played 2H-3R / 3H-2R in 2013-14 will be 3H/2R / 2H/3R in 2014-15. Central Division teams that Los Angeles played 2H/1R / 1H/2R will be 1H/2R / 2H/1R in 2014-15. The Oilers and Kings played only four times in 2013-14; in 2014-15 they’ll play three in Edmonton and two in Los Angeles. The Coyotes and Kings played three games in Los Angeles and two in Glendale in 2013-14; in 2014-15 they’ll play only four times.

BACK-TO-BACKS

The Kings will play nine sets of back-to-back games, down from 14 in the Olympics-compressed season from a year ago.

October 11-12, at Phoenix / vs Winnipeg
October 30-31, at Pittsburgh / at Detroit
November 12-13, at Anaheim / vs Dallas
November 25-26, at Nashville / at Minnesota
December 11-12, at Ottawa / at Montreal
December 29-30, at Calgary / at Edmonton
February 26-27, vs Ottawa, at Anaheim
March 23-24, at New Jersey, at New York Rangers
April 6-7, at Vancouver, at Edmonton

Los Angeles will play only three back-to-back sets after the turn of the calendar year. The Kings were 8-6-0 on the second night of back-to-back sets in 2013-14.

MATINEE HOCKEY

The Kings will play nine afternoon games, eight of which will be played at Staples Center.

Sunday, October 19, 1:00 p.m., vs Minnesota
Sunday, October 26, 1:00 p.m., vs Columbus
Saturday, November 15, 1:00 p.m., vs Anaheim
Saturday, December 6, 1:00 p.m., vs Philadelphia
Saturday, December 20, 1:00 p.m., vs Arizona
Saturday, January 3, 1:00 p.m., vs Nashville
Sunday, March 1, 12:00 p.m., at Winnipeg
Saturday, April 11, 12:00 p.m., vs San Jose
-all times Pacific

HOME STANDS AND ROAD TRIPS

The longest stretches of home and road games on the schedule will take place at Staples Center.

Seven-game home stand, January 3-19
-Versus Nashville, New York Rangers, Winnipeg, Toronto, New Jersey, Anaheim, Calgary

Six-game home stand, October 12-26
-Versus Winnipeg, Edmonton, St. Louis, Minnesota, Buffalo, Columbus

Five-game road trip, October 28 – November 4
-At Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Carolina, Dallas

Five-game road trip, December 9-16
-At Buffalo, Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, St. Louis

Five-game road trip, January 31 – February 9
-At Boston, Washington, Florida, Tampa Bay, Columbus

Five-game road trip, March 23-30
-At New Jersey, New York Rangers, New York Islanders, Minnesota, Chicago

The longest home stand in franchise history was nine games. The Kings finished 7-0-2 on the home stand in the 1973-74 season. Los Angeles finished 1-7-1 in a franchise-record nine-game road trip in 1969-70.

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