-With the loss, Los Angeles fell to 48-66-19 all-time against New York, a record that includes a home mark of 27-29-12. The Rangers swept a season series of at least two games against the Kings for the first time since 1996-97. New York’s shutout was the first shutout of Los Angeles since December 18, 1996, a 4-0 win at Madison Square Garden in which Luc Robitaille (two goals), Brian Leetch and Mark Messier scored, and Mike Richter make 37 saves in beating Byron Dafoe, who stopped 19 of 23 shots. The Rangers’ shutout was the second shutout in L.A. in franchise history and first since Wayne Thomas shut the Kings out 3-0 at The Forum on January 18, 1978.
-Los Angeles finished the regular season with a 15-15-2 record against the Eastern Conference and a 9-6-1 record against the Metropolitan Division. The Kings fell to 11-13 in games decided by three or more goals, 15-27-2 when their opponent scores first, 13-11-2 when tied after the first period and 27-22-3 when outshooting their opponent.
-New York improved to 21-5-0 against the Western Conference and 11-1-0 against the Pacific Division. The Rangers have earned at least one win against all 14 Western Conference teams this season.
-Los Angeles was shut out for the 10th time this season and scored either no goals or one goal for the 24th time in 74 games.
-In his NHL debut, Jonny Brodzinski logged 15 shifts in 11:07 of ice time, totaling three shots on goal, four total shot attempts, one hit, two blocked shots and drawing a minus-one rating by virtue of Rick Nash’s empty-net goal.
-The Kings attempted 70 shots (30 on goal, 18 blocked, 22 missed). The Rangers attempted 41 shots (20 on goal, 10 blocked, 11 missed). Derek Stepan and Tyler Toffoli tied with a game-high five shots on goal.
-Los Angeles won 33-of-55 faceoffs (60%). Among regular performers, Anze Kopitar won 9-of-18, Andy Andreoff won 0-of-1, Nic Dowd won 5-of-6, Adrian Kempe won 5-of-10 and Jeff Carter won 14-of-19.
Sunday, March 26 is an off-day for the Kings. The next practice is scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Monday, March 27 at Toyota Sports Center.