Kings vs. Predators - 03/15/11 - POSTGAME THOUGHTS & TIDBITS
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03-16-2011, 06:35 PM
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Couple of eye poppers from Hammond
– The Kings won their 40th game of the season and have recorded back-to-back 40-win seasons for the first time in franchise history. This is the eighth 40-win season in franchise history.
... This is revisionist B.S. from Hammond, misleading and dishonest. The Kings are 33-28-9 this season without the shootout, and they were 36-28-18 last season without it. To call this the "best two year period in Kings history", which is what he's obviously implying, is not correct. The Kings won 80 games in two seasons from 1974-76, and 81 games from 1990-92. This season's team would have to go 11-2 or 12-1 the rest of the way, with all of the wins coming in regulation or OT, just to match that.
The Kings haven't had an actual 40-win season since 2001-02, when they were 40-31-11, and they've had five 40-win seasons, not eight.
It's embarrassing for those employed by the Kings' organization to put out incorrect "facts" like this, to let a silly gimmick like the shootout completely change the perspective of the team's history. This is what leads to dumb statements like "Quick is the best goalie the Kings have had since Vachon because wow look at all those wins" when over 20% of Quick's wins have come in shootouts and those would have been ties for the goalies who played before he did.
All I'm saying is - if they're going to compare current teams and players to those in the past, do it right and do it honestly.
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