Los Angeles Kings Stanley Cup Betting Odds

Los Angeles Kings Stanley Cup Betting Odds

Los Angeles Kings Stanley Cup Betting

The Los Angeles Kings rebuild has been slow and, at times, painful. But the Kings showed the first sign of real progress that better days are ahead last year. Los Angeles ended a three-year playoff absence with a berth in the 2022 postseason. The Kings have a long way to go before being considered a bona fide Stanley Cup contender. But the darkest days of LA hockey have ended, and Dawn has finally arrived.

Los Angeles Kings at a Glance

2022-2023 Stanley Cup Odds: +3500 (Aug, 2022)

Western Conference Odds: +1523 (Aug, 2022)

Last year the Los Angeles Kings had a record of 44-27-11 to finish 3rd in the Pacific Division. The Kings ranked 20th in the NHL for goal scoring, 27th for power play efficiency, 10th for goals against, and 22nd for penalty killing. The Edmonton Oilers eliminated Los Angeles in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

General manager Rob Blake is a former Kings defenseman that has been in his current role since April 2017. Blake has been in charge of the Kings rebuild and is starting to win praise for his results and progress.

Head coach Todd McClellan was previously the head coach of the San Jose Sharks and Edmonton Oilers. McLellan has a career record of 528-372-114 and 40-42 in the playoffs.

The Kings got a big offseason pickup in center Kevin Fiala. Fiala arrives from the Minnesota Wild, where he is coming off a career season of 33 goals, 52 assists, and 85 points. Fiala is the offensive piece that the Kings have desperately needed.

Goaltender Jonathan Quick, age 36, has reestablished himself as the Kings top goalie. Quick has been written off numerous times only to storm back. He was the netminder for both LA Stanley Cup championships. Quick posted a .910 save percentage last season.

Center and captain Anze Kopitar is one of the best two-way forwards ever in the NHL. Defenseman and alternative captain Drew Doughty is still considered one of the best blueliners in the game. Kopitar and Doughty were key figures in LA’s two cup championship teams.

Los Angeles Kings Seasons

YEAR RECORD PLAYOFFS
2021-22 44-27-11 Lost First Round
2020-21 21-28-7 Did Not Qualify
2019-20 29-35-6 Did Not Qualify
2018-19 31-42-9 Did Not Qualify
2017-18 45-29-8 Lost First Round
2016-17 39-35-8 Did Not Qualify
2015-16 48-28-6 Lost First Round
2014-15 40-27-15 Did Not Qualify
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Los Angeles Kings History

Founded in the NHL “Great Expansion” of 1967 that doubled the league’s size from 6 to 12 teams, the Los Angeles Kings have had a rich history in both good times and bad. The early years were headlined by Real “Frenchy” Lemieux and Eddie “The Jet” Joyal. Original owner Jack Kent Cooke built the “Fabulous Forum” for his Kings. But mediocre hockey was the rule rather than the exception for most of the Kings' first 20 years of existence. Thus, the team was largely ignored. But everything changed with Wayne Gretzky’s arrival in 1988. The Great One made both the Kings and NHL mainstream. The Kings went from being ignored to the most popular team in LA. A new generation of Kings won the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014.

Gretzky is the biggest name to ever play the sport, let alone for the Kings. But others such as Luc Robitaille, Marcel Dionne, and Rogie Vachon are revered hockey names in Southern California and Kings lore.

The dream of a Stanley Cup seemed impossible for many longtime Kings fans. But Los Angeles built up its roster with several good drafts. By the time the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs began, the Kings were perhaps the best 8-seed team in history. And that was proven by how Los Angeles steamrolled through the postseason to win their first Stanley Cup.

LA overcame an 0-3 deficit against the San Jose Sharks two years later to win the series 4-3. That was the springboard to a second Stanley Cup title run.

The Kings have always played second fiddle to the Lakers in Los Angeles. But the hockey club has always had die-hard passionate loyalists the pack the arena for every game.

The end of the 2021-22 season marked the retirement of longtime King stalwart and former captain Dustin Brown. Brown was the captain of both of LA’s Stanley Cup championship teams. He goes down as one of the greatest Kings of all time.

NHL Teams

Eastern Conference - Atlantic

Eastern Conference - Metropolitan

Western Conference - Central

Western Conference - Pacific

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