Home ice wrapped up; Saturday division clinching scenarios - LA Kings Insider

The Kings never stated that their goal this season was to win the Pacific Division, but if the right set of circumstances develops over the final two games, they’ll clinch their first divisional title since March 30, 1991. That was the date when Joe Murphy of Edmonton scored in overtime at Northlands Coliseum on the penultimate day of the regular season and knocked Calgary out of divisional contention, ensuring that the following day’s Kings-Flames game at the Saddledome took on significantly reduced importance. The results drew a standing ovation from that night’s Lakers-Trailblazers game at The Forum, according to Steve Springer’s story in the LA Times.

With Winnipeg’s win over San Jose on Thursday night, the Kings clinched home ice advantage in the first round of the playoffs. This will be only the 12th playoff series out of 48 in club history in which they’ve had home ice advantage; they’re 6-5 thus far. In best-of-seven series, they’re 4-3 with home ice advantage. The only playoff series under Darryl Sutter in which Los Angeles had home ice advantage were the 2013 second round series against San Jose, won by the Kings in seven games, and the 2014 Stanley Cup Final series against New York, won by the Kings in five games.

Los Angeles Kings 81 GP, 48-28-5, 101 points, 46 ROW
Anaheim Ducks 80 GP, 44-25-11, 99 points, 41 ROW

Because Anaheim can’t catch Los Angeles in regulation/overtime wins, the Kings own the tiebreaker and will win the division if the two teams finish tied.

Saturday, April 9
Anaheim Ducks at Colorado Avalanche, 2:30 p.m. PT
Winnipeg Jets at Los Angeles Kings, 7:00 p.m. PT

Sunday April 10
Anaheim Ducks at Washington Capitals, 4:30 p.m. PT

Saturday division clinching scenarios:
1) Anaheim loses in regulation to Colorado
2) Los Angeles beats Winnipeg in any fashion
3) Anaheim loses in overtime/shootout to Colorado and Los Angeles loses in overtime/shootout to Winnipeg

Banner photo via CBC.ca

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.