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74-75LAKings
1974–75 Los Angeles Kings · NHL
Division 2nd Norris
1974–75 record 42–17–21
Goals for 269
Goals against 185
Coach Bob Pulford
Captain Terry Harper
Team leaders

OffseasonEdit

Defenseman Barry Long (3G, 19Ast, plus/minus = +25) jumped to the Edmonton Oilers of the WHA.

Regular seasonEdit

The Kings were coming off their first playoff appearance in 5 years and the season before finished with a .500 record and scored more goals than they allowed for the first time in club history. Still, they were placed in a division with the powerful Montreal Canadiens in the 1974-75 realignment and hockey experts joked that Montreal would clinch 1st place by Christmas. But the Kings started fast, losing only twice in their first 26 games. The Canadiens finally overtook them and clinched first place with only 3 games to play. In addition, the Kings had allowed the fewest goals in the most of the season (which would have earned their goaltender tandem of Rogie Vachon and Gary Edwards the Vezina Trophy under 1975 rules). But they faltered just enough at the end and the Philadelphia Flyers earned that honor by a mere 4 goals.

PlayoffsEdit

With the 4th best record in the league, the Kings were hopeful of a deep playoff run. But because they finished 2nd in the division, the had to play in the dangerous 2 out of 3 mini series. Their opponent was the Toronto Maple Leafs, who were under .500 on the season, finishing 27 points behind the Kings. But a hot goalie can carry a team and Toronto's Gord McRae got hot at the wrong time for the Kings. Toronto scored a late goal in game 1 but the Kings won in overtime, 3-2. Toronto won game 2 in overtime by the same 3-2 score, and won game 3 in L.A. 2-1. Three of the four higher seeded teams lost in the mini series.

Final standingsEdit

Norris Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Montreal Canadiens 80 47 14 19 374 225 113
Los Angeles Kings 80 42 17 21 269 185 105
Pittsburgh Penguins 80 37 28 15 326 289 89
Detroit Red Wings 80 23 45 12 259 335 58
Washington Capitals 80 8 67 5 181 446 21

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
       Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Game logEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1WOctober 10, 19745–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1974–75) 1–0–0
2TOctober 12, 19744–4 @ Montreal Canadiens (1974–75) 1–0–1
3WOctober 13, 19744–1 @ Buffalo Sabres (1974–75) 2–0–1
4TOctober 15, 19741–1 @ Washington Capitals (1974–75) 2–0–2
5TOctober 16, 19741–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1974–75) 2–0–3
6WOctober 19, 19743–0 Kansas City Scouts (1974–75) 3–0–3
7LOctober 22, 19742–4 Philadelphia Flyers (1974–75) 3–1–3
8WOctober 24, 19747–2 Buffalo Sabres (1974–75) 4–1–3
9WOctober 26, 19745–1 California Golden Seals (1974–75) 5–1–3
10WOctober 28, 19742–0 Pittsburgh Penguins (1974–75) 6–1–3
11TOctober 31, 19741–1 St. Louis Blues (1974–75) 6–1–4
12WNovember 2, 19745–1 Detroit Red Wings (1974–75) 7–1–4
13WNovember 5, 19744–3 @ St. Louis Blues (1974–75) 8–1–4
14WNovember 7, 19745–3 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1974–75) 9–1–4
15TNovember 9, 19742–2 New York Rangers (1974–75) 9–1–5
16WNovember 13, 19744–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1974–75) 10–1–5
17TNovember 15, 19742–2 @ Vancouver Canucks (1974–75) 10–1–6
18LNovember 16, 19741–2 Chicago Black Hawks (1974–75) 10–2–6
19TNovember 20, 19743–3 Montreal Canadiens (1974–75) 10–2–7
20TNovember 23, 19740–0 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1974–75) 10–2–8
21WNovember 24, 19744–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1974–75) 11–2–8
22TNovember 27, 19743–3 New York Islanders (1974–75) 11–2–9
23WNovember 30, 19742–0 Boston Bruins (1974–75) 12–2–9
24WDecember 4, 19744–1 Minnesota North Stars (1974–75) 13–2–9
25WDecember 7, 19746–2 Atlanta Flames (1974–75) 14–2–9
26WDecember 11, 19744–1 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1974–75) 15–2–9
27LDecember 12, 19741–8 @ Boston Bruins (1974–75) 15–3–9
28LDecember 14, 19740–3 @ New York Islanders (1974–75) 15–4–9
29TDecember 15, 19743–3 @ New York Rangers (1974–75) 15–4–10
30WDecember 18, 19746–0 @ Kansas City Scouts (1974–75) 16–4–10
31WDecember 19, 19744–1 Washington Capitals (1974–75) 17–4–10
32TDecember 21, 19742–2 Montreal Canadiens (1974–75) 17–4–11
33WDecember 26, 19745–1 Vancouver Canucks (1974–75) 18–4–11
34LDecember 28, 19742–3 California Golden Seals (1974–75) 18–5–11
35WDecember 30, 19743–2 @ Detroit Red Wings (1974–75) 19–5–11
36WDecember 31, 19743–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1974–75) 20–5–11
37LJanuary 2, 19752–5 Boston Bruins (1974–75) 20–6–11
38TJanuary 4, 19752–2 Philadelphia Flyers (1974–75) 20–6–12
39WJanuary 8, 19754–2 @ Minnesota North Stars (1974–75) 21–6–12
40WJanuary 9, 19755–2 @ Buffalo Sabres (1974–75) 22–6–12
41WJanuary 11, 19757–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1974–75) 23–6–12
42WJanuary 14, 19756–2 @ Washington Capitals (1974–75) 24–6–12
43WJanuary 16, 19754–1 @ Boston Bruins (1974–75) 25–6–12
44LJanuary 17, 19750–5 @ Atlanta Flames (1974–75) 25–7–12
45WJanuary 19, 19756–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1974–75) 26–7–12
46WJanuary 23, 19758–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1974–75) 27–7–12
47TJanuary 25, 19755–5 @ New York Islanders (1974–75) 27–7–13
48LJanuary 26, 19752–3 @ New York Rangers (1974–75) 27–8–13
49WJanuary 28, 19755–2 New York Rangers (1974–75) 28–8–13
50WJanuary 30, 19756–4 Washington Capitals (1974–75) 29–8–13
51LFebruary 1, 19753–5 Montreal Canadiens (1974–75) 29–9–13
52LFebruary 5, 19752–3 Pittsburgh Penguins (1974–75) 29–10–13
53LFebruary 7, 19751–3 @ Atlanta Flames (1974–75) 29–11–13
54WFebruary 9, 19752–1 @ Chicago Black Hawks (1974–75) 30–11–13
55TFebruary 12, 19752–2 Atlanta Flames (1974–75) 30–11–14
56WFebruary 15, 19758–2 Detroit Red Wings (1974–75) 31–11–14
57WFebruary 18, 19756–1 @ Washington Capitals (1974–75) 32–11–14
58TFebruary 19, 19752–2 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1974–75) 32–11–15
59WFebruary 22, 19756–0 Boston Bruins (1974–75) 33–11–15
60TFebruary 23, 19752–2 @ California Golden Seals (1974–75) 33–11–16
61WFebruary 26, 19752–1 @ Detroit Red Wings (1974–75) 34–11–16
62LFebruary 27, 19750–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1974–75) 34–12–16
63WMarch 1, 19757–4 Minnesota North Stars (1974–75) 35–12–16
64WMarch 4, 19757–4 Kansas City Scouts (1974–75) 36–12–16
65TMarch 6, 19752–2 New York Islanders (1974–75) 36–12–17
66LMarch 8, 19751–6 Chicago Black Hawks (1974–75) 36–13–17
67TMarch 11, 19752–2 Buffalo Sabres (1974–75) 36–13–18
68TMarch 13, 19755–5 Detroit Red Wings (1974–75) 36–13–19
69LMarch 15, 19750–3 @ Montreal Canadiens (1974–75) 36–14–19
70LMarch 16, 19750–3 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1974–75) 36–15–19
71WMarch 18, 19755–3 @ Minnesota North Stars (1974–75) 37–15–19
72WMarch 20, 19753–2 St. Louis Blues (1974–75) 38–15–19
73WMarch 22, 19754–0 Pittsburgh Penguins (1974–75) 39–15–19
74WMarch 26, 19755–1 Washington Capitals (1974–75) 40–15–19
75LMarch 28, 19752–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1974–75) 40–16–19
76TMarch 29, 19753–3 Vancouver Canucks (1974–75) 40–16–20
77LApril 1, 19751–3 @ Kansas City Scouts (1974–75) 40–17–20
78WApril 2, 19755–2 @ St. Louis Blues (1974–75) 41–17–20
79WApril 5, 19755–3 California Golden Seals (1974–75) 42–17–20
80TApril 6, 19751–1 @ California Golden Seals (1974–75) 42–17–21

PlayoffsEdit

  • Maple Leafs 2 at Kings 3 (OT)
  • Kings 2 at Maple Leafs 3 (OT)
  • Maple Leafs 2 at Kings 1

Player statsEdit

Awards and recordsEdit

Jack Adams Award - Bob Pulford, Coach

All-NHL 2nd team - Rogie Vachon, Goalie

TransactionsEdit

RosterEdit

Draft picksEdit

Farm teamsEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit

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