Mar 13, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick (32) looks behind him as Toronto Maple Leafs left wing Mason Raymond (not pictured) scores during the third period at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Is The Los Angeles Kings' Record Against Elite Teams Cause For Concern?

 

After the Kings lost the the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night, and reading Eric Roberts’ post about the upcoming homestand and the fact that many of the wins in the recent streak were against teams near the bottom of the standings got me thinking.

It might be a question of nit-picking, but the Los Angeles Kings are among the elite teams in the NHL, and their record against the other elite teams is nothing to write home about.  Among the 6 teams in the playoffs (the top 3 in each division), the Kings have the lowest winning percentage against the top 10 teams in NHL.

Team Record vs Top 10 Pts %
San Jose 14-8-1 0.630
Chicago 10-5-8 0.608
Colorado 11-7-2 0.600
St. Louis 12-9-0 0.571
Anaheim 9-8-4 0.523
Los Angeles 11-10-2 0.521

 

The Kings’ record of 38-23-6 is pretty impressive, but the fact that their winning percentage against the top teams in the league is a little bit troubling.  Anything can happen in a playoff series, but when it comes to crunch time it would be nice to have a solid track record against the elite teams in the league in their back pocket.  They might not be able to catch the Sharks or Ducks in the division but the Kings still have 2 games left against Anaheim and one against San Jose in which to make a statement regarding their ability to compete with the big boys and not just beat up on the also-rans of the league.

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