1987–88 Los Angeles Kings season

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1987–88 Los Angeles Kings
Division 4th Smythe
Conference 7th Campbell
1987–88 record 30-42-8
Goals for 318
Goals against 359
Team information
General Manager Rogatien Vachon
Coach Mike Murphy, Rogatien Vachon, Robbie Ftorek
Captain Dave Taylor
Arena The Forum
Team leaders
Goals Jimmy Carson (55)
Assists Luc Robitaille (58)
Points Luc Robitaille (111)
Penalties in minutes Larry Playfair (197)
Plus/minus Ken Baumgartner (+5)
Phil Sykes (+5)
Wins Roland Melanson (17)
Goals against average Glenn Healy (4.33)

The 1987–88 Los Angeles Kings season saw the Kings finish in fourth place in the Smythe Division with a record of 30 wins, 42 losses, and 8 ties for 68 points. The team finished last in the league in goaltending, with 359 goals allowed.[1] They lost the Division Semi-finals in five games to the Calgary Flames.

This was the last season that the Kings wore purple and gold uniforms with a crown logo adorning the front. After this season, they would introduce a new logo with a silver and black uniform, coinciding with the acquisition of Wayne Gretzky from the Edmonton Oilers.

Regular season[edit]

Final standings[edit]

Smythe Division
GP W L T GF GA Pts
Calgary Flames 80 48 23 9 397 305 105
Edmonton Oilers 80 44 25 11 363 288 99
Winnipeg Jets 80 33 36 11 292 310 77
Los Angeles Kings 80 30 42 8 318 359 68
Vancouver Canucks 80 25 46 9 272 320 59

[2]Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

Note: Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.

Schedule and results[edit]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 8, 1987 1–4 New York Islanders (1987–88) 0–1–0
2 W October 10, 1987 4–2 St. Louis Blues (1987–88) 1–1–0
3 L October 11, 1987 2–9 Edmonton Oilers (1987–88) 1–2–0
4 L October 15, 1987 2–3 Boston Bruins (1987–88) 1–3–0
5 L October 18, 1987 2–4 Vancouver Canucks (1987–88) 1–4–0
6 L October 21, 1987 2–6 @ Edmonton Oilers (1987–88) 1–5–0
7 L October 23, 1987 3–4 @ Winnipeg Jets (1987–88) 1–6–0
8 W October 25, 1987 2–1 @ Winnipeg Jets (1987–88) 2–6–0
9 T October 27, 1987 4–4 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1987–88) 2–6–1
10 W October 28, 1987 4–3 @ New York Rangers (1987–88) 3–6–1
11 L October 30, 1987 1–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1987–88) 3–7–1
12 L November 1, 1987 1–4 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1987–88) 3–8–1
13 L November 4, 1987 4–5 Buffalo Sabres (1987–88) 3–9–1
14 W November 7, 1987 5–4 New York Rangers (1987–88) 4–9–1
15 T November 10, 1987 4–4 OT Edmonton Oilers (1987–88) 4–9–2
16 L November 13, 1987 7–10 @ Calgary Flames (1987–88) 4–10–2
17 W November 14, 1987 8–7 Quebec Nordiques (1987–88) 5–10–2
18 L November 17, 1987 3–4 @ New York Islanders (1987–88) 5–11–2
19 L November 19, 1987 5–7 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1987–88) 5–12–2
20 T November 21, 1987 6–6 OT @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1987–88) 5–12–3
21 W November 22, 1987 8–5 @ Buffalo Sabres (1987–88) 6–12–3
22 W November 25, 1987 6–4 Chicago Blackhawks (1987–88) 7–12–3
23 L November 28, 1987 4–8 Calgary Flames (1987–88) 7–13–3
24 T November 29, 1987 2–2 OT New Jersey Devils (1987–88) 7–13–4
25 L December 1, 1987 6–7 OT Winnipeg Jets (1987–88) 7–14–4
26 L December 3, 1987 4–5 OT Winnipeg Jets (1987–88) 7–15–4
27 L December 5, 1987 4–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1987–88) 7–16–4
28 L December 6, 1987 3–10 @ Washington Capitals (1987–88) 7–17–4
29 L December 9, 1987 1–2 @ New Jersey Devils (1987–88) 7–18–4
30 L December 10, 1987 3–4 @ Boston Bruins (1987–88) 7–19–4
31 L December 12, 1987 2–3 @ Hartford Whalers (1987–88) 7–20–4
32 W December 16, 1987 7–5 Edmonton Oilers (1987–88) 8–20–4
33 L December 19, 1987 1–4 Calgary Flames (1987–88) 8–21–4
34 W December 20, 1987 6–3 @ Calgary Flames (1987–88) 9–21–4
35 L December 22, 1987 2–5 @ Edmonton Oilers (1987–88) 9–22–4
36 L December 23, 1987 1–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1987–88) 9–23–4
37 W December 26, 1987 3–2 Vancouver Canucks (1987–88) 10–23–4
38 L December 28, 1987 2–5 Winnipeg Jets (1987–88) 10–24–4
39 W December 30, 1987 6–4 Winnipeg Jets (1987–88) 11–24–4
40 W January 2, 1988 5–2 Montreal Canadiens (1987–88) 12–24–4
41 W January 4, 1988 6–3 @ New Jersey Devils (1987–88) 13–24–4
42 T January 5, 1988 4–4 OT @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1987–88) 13–24–5
43 L January 8, 1988 3–5 @ Detroit Red Wings (1987–88) 13–25–5
44 L January 10, 1988 2–5 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1987–88) 13–26–5
45 W January 11, 1988 5–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1987–88) 14–26–5
46 L January 13, 1988 3–8 Washington Capitals (1987–88) 14–27–5
47 L January 16, 1988 3–4 Hartford Whalers (1987–88) 14–28–5
48 W January 19, 1988 6–3 New York Rangers (1987–88) 15–28–5
49 W January 21, 1988 5–4 OT @ Calgary Flames (1987–88) 16–28–5
50 L January 22, 1988 3–5 @ Winnipeg Jets (1987–88) 16–29–5
51 W January 24, 1988 2–1 @ Winnipeg Jets (1987–88) 17–29–5
52 L January 26, 1988 3–5 @ Quebec Nordiques (1987–88) 17–30–5
53 L January 27, 1988 2–5 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1987–88) 17–31–5
54 W January 30, 1988 5–0 Minnesota North Stars (1987–88) 18–31–5
55 L February 2, 1988 2–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1987–88) 18–32–5
56 W February 3, 1988 7–2 Vancouver Canucks (1987–88) 19–32–5
57 W February 6, 1988 7–2 Edmonton Oilers (1987–88) 20–32–5
58 L February 7, 1988 2–5 Calgary Flames (1987–88) 20–33–5
59 W February 11, 1988 5–3 Quebec Nordiques (1987–88) 21–33–5
60 L February 13, 1988 5–7 Pittsburgh Penguins (1987–88) 21–34–5
61 L February 15, 1988 1–6 Detroit Red Wings (1987–88) 21–35–5
62 W February 17, 1988 5–4 @ Minnesota North Stars (1987–88) 22–35–5
63 L February 18, 1988 4–7 @ St. Louis Blues (1987–88) 22–36–5
64 W February 20, 1988 3–0 Toronto Maple Leafs (1987–88) 23–36–5
65 W February 24, 1988 4–3 Washington Capitals (1987–88) 24–36–5
66 L February 27, 1988 6–8 Philadelphia Flyers (1987–88) 24–37–5
67 W February 28, 1988 2–0 @ Vancouver Canucks (1987–88) 25–37–5
68 L March 1, 1988 3–5 @ Edmonton Oilers (1987–88) 25–38–5
69 L March 5, 1988 6–7 OT Montreal Canadiens (1987–88) 25–39–5
70 L March 9, 1988 4–5 @ Hartford Whalers (1987–88) 25–40–5
71 T March 10, 1988 3–3 OT @ Boston Bruins (1987–88) 25–40–6
72 W March 13, 1988 7–6 St. Louis Blues (1987–88) 26–40–6
73 T March 16, 1988 3–3 OT Vancouver Canucks (1987–88) 26–40–7
74 L March 18, 1988 3–5 @ Vancouver Canucks (1987–88) 26–41–7
75 W March 19, 1988 7–4 Detroit Red Wings (1987–88) 27–41–7
76 L March 23, 1988 2–6 New York Islanders (1987–88) 27–42–7
77 W March 26, 1988 9–5 Chicago Blackhawks (1987–88) 28–42–7
78 W March 30, 1988 9–7 Calgary Flames (1987–88) 29–42–7
79 W April 1, 1988 6–3 @ Calgary Flames (1987–88) 30–42–7
80 T April 3, 1988 5–5 OT @ Edmonton Oilers (1987–88) 30–42–8

Playoffs[edit]

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Robitaille, LucLuc Robitaille LW 80 53 58 111 82 -9 17 0 6
Carson, JimmyJimmy Carson C 80 55 52 107 45 -19 22 0 7
Nicholls, BernieBernie Nicholls C 65 32 46 78 114 2 8 7 1
Taylor, DaveDave Taylor RW 68 26 41 67 129 -4 9 0 2
Duchesne, SteveSteve Duchesne D 71 16 39 55 109 0 5 0 4
Carpenter, BobbyBobby Carpenter C 71 19 33 52 84 -21 10 0 2
Fox, JimJim Fox RW 68 16 35 51 18 -7 2 0 1
Fenton, PaulPaul Fenton LW 71 20 23 43 46 -14 8 1 1
Allison, MikeMike Allison LW 37 16 12 28 57 3 5 1 2
Hardy, MarkMark Hardy D 61 6 22 28 99 -27 4 1 1
Wells, JayJay Wells D 58 2 23 25 159 -3 1 0 0
Sykes, PhilPhil Sykes LW 40 9 12 21 82 5 3 1 0
Erickson, BryanBryan Erickson RW 42 6 15 21 20 -14 2 0 0
Bourne, BobBob Bourne C 72 7 11 18 28 -31 1 0 1
Hammond, KenKen Hammond D 46 7 9 16 69 -1 1 0 1
Laidlaw, TomTom Laidlaw D 57 1 12 13 47 3 0 0 0
Laughlin, CraigCraig Laughlin RW 19 4 8 12 6 -8 2 0 0
Kontos, ChrisChris Kontos LW/C 6 2 10 12 2 1 1 0 0
Kennedy, DeanDean Kennedy D 58 1 11 12 158 -22 0 0 0
Phair, LyleLyle Phair LW 28 4 6 10 8 -5 0 0 0
Guay, PaulPaul Guay RW 33 4 4 8 40 -7 0 0 0
Duguay, RonRon Duguay C/RW 15 2 6 8 17 -5 0 0 1
Ledyard, GrantGrant Ledyard D 23 1 7 8 52 -7 1 0 0
Tookey, TimTim Tookey C 20 1 6 7 8 -2 0 0 0
Playfair, LarryLarry Playfair D 54 0 7 7 197 -13 0 0 0
McKenna, SeanSean McKenna RW 30 3 2 5 12 -14 0 0 0
Baumgartner, KenKen Baumgartner LW 30 2 3 5 189 5 0 0 0
English, JohnJohn English D 3 1 3 4 4 2 1 0 0
Paterson, JoeJoe Paterson LW 32 1 3 4 113 -10 0 0 0
Healy, GlennGlenn Healy G 34 0 2 2 6 0 0 0 0
Gratton, DanDan Gratton C 7 1 0 1 5 1 0 0 0
Germain, EricEric Germain D 4 0 1 1 13 -2 0 0 0
Kudelski, BobBob Kudelski RW 26 0 1 1 8 -10 0 0 0
Larocque, DenisDenis Larocque D 8 0 1 1 18 -4 0 0 0
McBean, WayneWayne McBean D 27 0 1 1 26 -14 0 0 0
Currie, GlenGlen Currie C 7 0 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0
Duncanson, CraigCraig Duncanson LW 9 0 0 0 12 -5 0 0 0
Janecyk, BobBob Janecyk G 5 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Melanson, RolandRoland Melanson G 47 0 0 0 16 0 0 0 0
Prajsler, PetrPetr Prajsler D 7 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0
Redmond, CraigCraig Redmond D 2 0 0 0 0 -4 0 0 0
Williams, TigerTiger Williams LW 2 0 0 0 6 1 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Melanson, RolandRoland Melanson 2676 47 17 20 7 195 4.37 2 1399 1204 .861
Healy, GlennGlenn Healy 1869 34 12 18 1 135 4.33 1 1005 870 .866
Janecyk, BobBob Janecyk 303 5 1 4 0 23 4.55 0 165 142 .861
Team: 4848 80 30 42 8 353 4.37 3 2569 2216 .863
Playoffs
Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Carson, JimmyJimmy Carson C 5 5 3 8 4 -2 1 0 0
Nicholls, BernieBernie Nicholls C 5 2 6 8 11 -3 1 0 0
Robitaille, LucLuc Robitaille LW 5 2 5 7 18 -8 2 0 1
Taylor, DaveDave Taylor RW 5 3 3 6 6 -3 2 0 0
Duchesne, SteveSteve Duchesne D 5 1 3 4 14 -5 1 0 0
Fenton, PaulPaul Fenton LW 5 2 1 3 2 -3 1 0 0
Wells, JayJay Wells D 5 1 2 3 21 0 0 0 0
Carpenter, BobbyBobby Carpenter C 5 1 1 2 0 -7 0 0 0
Laidlaw, TomTom Laidlaw D 5 0 2 2 4 -8 0 0 0
Kontos, ChrisChris Kontos LW/C 4 1 0 1 4 -3 0 0 0
Baumgartner, KenKen Baumgartner LW 5 0 1 1 28 -6 0 0 0
Bourne, BobBob Bourne C 5 0 1 1 0 -1 0 0 0
Guay, PaulPaul Guay RW 4 0 1 1 8 -1 0 0 0
Kennedy, DeanDean Kennedy D 4 0 1 1 10 4 0 0 0
Laughlin, CraigCraig Laughlin RW 3 0 1 1 2 -1 0 0 0
Allison, MikeMike Allison LW 5 0 0 0 16 -3 0 0 0
Duguay, RonRon Duguay C/RW 2 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
English, JohnJohn English D 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fox, JimJim Fox RW 1 0 0 0 0 -2 0 0 0
Germain, EricEric Germain D 1 0 0 0 4 -1 0 0 0
Hammond, KenKen Hammond D 2 0 0 0 4 -5 0 0 0
Healy, GlennGlenn Healy G 4 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
Melanson, RolandRoland Melanson G 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Phair, LyleLyle Phair LW 1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Playfair, LarryLarry Playfair D 3 0 0 0 14 -1 0 0 0
Sykes, PhilPhil Sykes LW 4 0 0 0 0 -3 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Healy, GlennGlenn Healy 240 4 1 3 20 5.00 0 128 108 .844
Melanson, RolandRoland Melanson 60 1 0 1 9 9.00 0 50 41 .820
Team: 300 5 1 4 29 5.80 0 178 149 .837

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Note:

Pos = Position; GPI = Games played in; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes; +/- = Plus/minus; PPG = Power-play goals; SHG = Short-handed goals; GWG = Game-winning goals
Min, TOI = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T,T/OT = Ties; OTL = Overtime losses; GA = Goals-against; GAA = Goals-against average; SO = Shutouts; SA = Shots against; SV = Shots saved; SV% = Save percentage;

Defencemen[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; PIM = Penalty minutes

Player GP G A Pts PIM
Steve Duchesne 71 16 39 55 109
Mark Hardy 61 6 22 28 99
Jay Wells 58 2 23 25 159

Awards and records[edit]

Transactions[edit]

Roster[edit]

Draft picks[edit]

Farm teams[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.hockey-reference.com/leagues/NHL_1988.html
  2. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2011). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book 2012. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 153. ISBN 9781894801225. 
  3. ^ "1987-88 Los Angeles Kings Statistics - Hockey-Reference.com". hockey-reference.com. Retrieved 2009-06-25.