Los Angeles Kings Information
The Kings joined the NHL in 1967. They play in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference. The Kings became one of the six teams that began play as part of the 1967 NHL expansion. Their first 32 years were spent at The Forum in Inglewood, California until they moved to the Staples Center in Los Angeles in 1999. Despite having the best player in the NHL, Wayne Gretzky, for many years, the Kings never won a Stanley Cup. They did make one appearance in the finals in the 1992-93 season, but lost in five games to the Canadiens.
Additionally, the Kings have only won their division one time in history in 1990-01. They have qualified for post-season play just twenty-four seasons and have only advanced past the first round twelve times and past the second round twice. The Kings have only one the Western Conference twice. They first appeared in the Stanley Cup Finals in the 1992-93 season but lost to the Montreal Canadiens in five games.
In 2008 and 2009, the Kings finished last in their division. They made it into the playoffs in 2010, but lost to the Canucks in six games in the Quarterfinals. In 2011, they played in the playoffs again, but lost in six games in the Quarterfinals again, this time to the San Jose Sharks.
In this past 2011-12 season the Kings finished in the 8th seed in the Western Conference with a 40-27-15 record. They headed to the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Vancouver Canucks. They beat out the Canucks after winning game 5 in Vancouver and advanced to the semifinals for the first time since the 2000-01 season. They then beat the second-seeded St. Louis Blues and advanced to the Western Conference finals for the second time in franchise history. They also then became the first NHL team to eliminate the first and second seeded teams in the conference after entering as the 8th seed. They then defeated the Phoenix Coyotes to reach the 2012 Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since 1993. The Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils in 6 games and won their first Stanley Cup in franchise history.