2007–08 Los Angeles Kings season

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2007–08 Los Angeles Kings
Division 5th Pacific
Conference 15th Western
2007–08 record 32–43–7
Home record 17–21–3
Road record 15–22–4
Goals for 231
Goals against 266
Team information
General Manager Dean Lombardi
Coach Marc Crawford
Captain Rob Blake
Alternate captains Michael Cammalleri
Scott Thornton
Lubomir Visnovsky
Arena Staples Center
Average attendance 16,583 (91.5%)*
(Does not include home game played in London, England)
Team leaders
Goals Dustin Brown (32)
Assists Anze Kopitar (44)
Points Anze Kopitar (74)
Penalties in minutes Raitis Ivanans (134)
Plus/minus Alexander Frolov (4)
Wins Jason LaBarbera (17)
Goals against average Erik Ersberg (2.52)

The 2007–08 Los Angeles Kings season was the 41st season (40th season of play) for the National Hockey League franchise. Their season began with the team playing a neutral site home-and-home series with the defending Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks at the O2 Arena in London, England, the first time the NHL has held a regular season game in Europe.

Along with the switch to the Rbk Edge uniforms instituted league-wide for 2007–08, the Kings also changed their goal celebration horn at Staples Center from a foghorn to a train horn.

Regular season[edit]

The Kings struggled on the penalty kill, finishing 30th overall in penalty-kill percentage (77.99%).[1]

Divisional standings[edit]

Pacific Division
GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 y – San Jose Sharks 82 49 23 10 222 193 108
2 Anaheim Ducks 82 47 27 8 205 191 102
3 Dallas Stars 82 45 30 7 242 207 97
4 Phoenix Coyotes 82 38 37 7 214 231 83
5 Los Angeles Kings 82 32 43 7 231 266 71

Conference standings[edit]

Western Conference
R Div GP W L OTL GF GA Pts
1 p – Detroit Red Wings CE 82 54 21 7 257 184 115
2 y – San Jose Sharks PA 82 49 23 10 222 193 108
3 y – Minnesota Wild NW 82 44 28 10 223 218 98
4 Anaheim Ducks PA 82 47 27 8 205 191 102
5 Dallas Stars PA 82 45 30 7 242 207 97
6 Colorado Avalanche NW 82 44 31 7 231 219 95
7 Calgary Flames NW 82 42 30 10 229 227 94
8 Nashville Predators CE 82 41 32 9 230 229 91
8.5
9 Edmonton Oilers NW 82 41 35 6 235 251 88
10 Chicago Blackhawks CE 82 40 34 8 239 235 88
11 Vancouver Canucks NW 82 39 33 10 213 215 88
12 Phoenix Coyotes PA 82 38 37 7 214 231 83
13 Columbus Blue Jackets CE 82 34 36 12 193 218 80
14 St. Louis Blues CE 82 33 36 13 205 237 79
15 Los Angeles Kings PA 82 32 43 7 231 266 71

Divisions: PA – Pacific, CE – Central, NW – Northwest
bold – qualified for playoffs, y – division winner, pPresidents' Trophy winner

Schedule and results[edit]

September[edit]

Record: 1–1–0; Home: 1–0–0; Road: 0–1–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
1 September 29* Anaheim 1 – 4 Los Angeles Bernier 17,551 1–0–0 2
2 September 30* Los Angeles 1 – 4 Anaheim LaBarbera 17,551 1–1–0 2

*At O2 Arena in London, England

October[edit]

Record: 6–7–0; Home: 5–4–0; Road: 1–3–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
3 October 6 St. Louis 5 – 3 Los Angeles Bernier 18,118 1–2–0 2
4 October 10 Los Angeles 1 – 5 Dallas LaBarbera 16,129 1–3–0 2
5 October 12 Boston 8 – 6 Los Angeles Bernier 17,064 1–4–0 2
6 October 14 Detroit 4 – 1 Los Angeles Bernier 17,215 1–5–0 2
7 October 16 Minnesota 3 – 4 Los Angeles SO Aubin 14,239 2–5–0 4
8 October 18 Los Angeles 3 – 4 Calgary Aubin 19,289 2–6–0 4
9 October 19 Los Angeles 4 – 2 Vancouver LaBarbera 18,630 3–6–0 6
10 October 23 Nashville 0 – 6 Los Angeles LaBarbera 14,026 4–6–0 8
11 October 25 Dallas 1 – 2 Los Angeles LaBarbera 14,559 5–6–0 10
12 October 27 Edmonton 1 – 4 Los Angeles LaBarbera 16,173 6–6–0 12
13 October 31 Columbus 4 – 1 Los Angeles LaBarbera 11,491 6–7–0 12

November[edit]

Record: 2–5–1; Home: 1–3–0; Road: 1–2–1

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
14 November 2 Los Angeles 5 – 2 San Jose Aubin 17,496 7–7–0 14
15 November 3 San Jose 3 – 1 Los Angeles LaBarbera 18,118 7–8–0 14
16 November 10 Dallas 5 – 6 Los Angeles OT Aubin 18,118 8–8–0 16
17 November 13 Los Angeles 3 – 4 Anaheim SO LaBarbera 17,174 8–8–1 17
18 November 15 Anaheim 6 – 3 Los Angeles Aubin 18,118 8–9–1 17
19 November 17 Phoenix 1 – 0 Los Angeles LaBarbera 15,659 8–10–1 17
20 November 19 Los Angeles 0 – 3 Dallas LaBarbera 17,208 8–11–1 17
21 November 21 Los Angeles 1 – 4 Phoenix LaBarbera 12,161 8–12–1 17
22 November 24 Los Angeles 2 – 1 San Jose LaBarbera 17,496 9–12–1 19
23 November 25 Los Angeles 2 – 3 Anaheim LaBarbera 17,174 9–13–1 19
24 November 28 Los Angeles 3 – 2 San Jose SO LaBarbera 17,071 10–13–1 21

December[edit]

Record: 2–11–1; Home: 2–5–1; Road: 0–6–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
25 December 1 Colorado 5 – 2 Los Angeles LaBarbera 17,297 10–14–1 21
26 December 3 Edmonton 4 – 3 Los Angeles SO Aubin 14,193 10–14–2 22
27 December 5 Los Angeles 1 – 4 Phoenix Aubin 11,401 10–15–2 22
28 December 6 Buffalo 2 – 8 Los Angeles Quick 15,980 11–15–2 24
29 December 8 Phoenix 4 – 2 Los Angeles Aubin 16,053 11–16–2 24
30 December 10 Vancouver 2 – 4 Los Angeles Aubin 15,087 12–16–2 26
31 December 12 Los Angeles 3 – 6 Chicago Quick 12,534 12–17–2 26
32 December 13 Los Angeles 1 – 4 Dallas Quick 17,913 12–18–2 26
33 December 15 Minnesota 2 – 1 Los Angeles Aubin 16,648 12–19–2 26
34 December 17 Colorado 4 – 2 Los Angeles LaBarbera 16,647 12–20–2 26
35 December 19 Los Angeles 2 – 6 Detroit LaBarbera 19,516 12–21–2 26
36 December 21 Los Angeles 1 – 2 Columbus LaBarbera 14,034 12–22–2 26
37 December 22 Los Angeles 3 – 4 Nashville LaBarbera 15,698 12–23–2 26
38 December 26 San Jose 3 – 2 Los Angeles LaBarbera 18,118 12–24–2 26
39 December 29 Los Angeles 3 – 1 Colorado Aubin 17,256 13–24–2 28
40 December 30 Los Angeles 3 – 2 Chicago OT LaBarbera 21,715 14–24–2 30

January[edit]

Record: 6–5–0; Home: 4–4–0; Road: 2–1–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
41 January 1 Chicago 2 – 9 Los Angeles LaBarbera 16,916 15–24–2 32
42 January 3 Columbus 4 – 3 Los Angeles LaBarbera 14,173 15–25–2 32
43 January 5 Calgary 6 – 4 Los Angeles LaBarbera 18,118 15–26–2 32
44 January 8 Nashville 7 – 0 Los Angeles LaBarbera 14,751 15–27–2 32
45 January 10 Toronto 2 – 5 Los Angeles LaBarbera 18,118 16–27–2 34
46 January 12 Dallas 3 – 4 Los Angeles SO LaBarbera 16,916 17–27–2 36
47 January 15 Los Angeles 3 – 1 Edmonton LaBarbera 16,839 18–27–2 38
48 January 18 Los Angeles 1 – 6 Calgary LaBarbera 19,289 18–28–2 38
49 January 19 Los Angeles 4 – 3 Vancouver LaBarbera 18,630 19–28–2 40
50 January 22 Detroit 3 – 0 Los Angeles LaBarbera 18,118 19–29–2 40
51 January 24 Anaheim 1 – 3 Los Angeles LaBarbera 18,118 20–29–2 42
52 January 29 Los Angeles 2 – 3 Philadelphia OT LaBarbera 19,127 20–29–3 43
53 January 31 Los Angeles 3 – 1 NY Islanders LaBarbera 10,148 21–29–3 45

February[edit]

Record: 5–6–1; Home: 2–1–1; Road: 3–5–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
54 February 2 Los Angeles 3 – 6 New Jersey LaBarbera 15,279 21–30–3 45
55 February 5 Los Angeles 4 – 2 N.Y. Rangers LaBarbera 18,200 22–30–3 47
56 February 7 Los Angeles 5 – 3 Detroit LaBarbera 18,852 23–30–3 49
57 February 9 Los Angeles 2 – 4 Pittsburgh Labarbera 17,034 23–31–3 49
58 February 10 Los Angeles 3 – 2 Columbus SO Cloutier 15,832 24–31–3 51
59 February 12 Los Angeles 2 – 4 St. Louis LaBarbera 15,688 24–32–3 51
60 February 15 Calgary 3 – 6 Los Angeles LaBarbera 18,118 25–32–3 53
61 February 16 Los Angeles 3 – 4 Phoenix LaBarbera 17,997 25–33–3 53
62 February 18 Phoenix 4 – 0 Los Angeles LaBarbera 16,617 25–34–3 53
63 February 21 St. Louis 1 – 5 Los Angeles Cloutier 14,132 26–34–3 55
64 February 23 Chicago 6 – 5 Los Angeles OT Ersberg 18,118 26–34–4 56
65 February 28 Los Angeles 4 – 5 Edmonton Cloutier 16,839 26–35–4 56

March[edit]

Record: 5–6–3 ; Home: 2–3–1; Road: 3–3–2

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
66 March 1 Los Angeles 2 – 5 Colorado Cloutier 18,007 26–36–4 56
67 March 2 Los Angeles 1 – 2 Minnesota OT Ersberg 18,568 26–36–5 57
68 March 4 Los Angeles 2 – 3 St. Louis Ersberg 14,973 26–37–5 57
69 March 6 Ottawa 0 – 2 Los Angeles Ersberg 17,580 27–37–5 59
70 March 8 Montreal 5 – 2 Los Angeles Ersberg 18,118 27–38–5 59
71 March 10 Vancouver 2 – 1 Los Angeles OT Cloutier 14,653 27–38–6 60
72 March 13 Los Angeles 4 – 1 Nashville Ersberg 15,853 28–38–6 62
73 March 15 Los Angeles 0 – 2 Minnesota Ersberg 18,568 28–39–6 62
74 March 18 San Jose 2 – 1 Los Angeles Cloutier 16,784 28–40–6 62
75 March 20 Los Angeles 6 – 5 Phoenix SO Ersberg 14,852 29–40–6 64
76 March 22 Los Angeles 4 – 2 Dallas Ersberg 18,532 30–40–6 66
77 March 26 Los Angeles 1 – 2 Anaheim SO Ersberg 17,331 30–40–7 67
78 March 27 Phoenix 0 – 4 Los Angeles Ersberg 17,331 31–40–7 69
79 March 29 Dallas 7 – 2 Los Angeles Ersberg 17,849 31–41–7 69

April[edit]

Record: 1–2–0; Home: 1–1–0; Road: 0–1–0

# Date Visitor Score Home OT Decision Attendance Record Pts
80 April 1 Los Angeles 2 – 5 San Jose Ersberg 17,496 31–42–7 69
81 April 3 San Jose 2 – 4 Los Angeles Ersberg 17,759 32–42–7 71
82 April 5 Anaheim 3 – 4 Los Angeles Cloutier 18,118 32–43–7 71

Playoffs[edit]

The Kings were officially eliminated from playoff contention in early March. The franchise has not made the playoffs since the 2001–02 NHL season.

Player statistics[edit]

Skaters[edit]

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

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM Alexander Frolov 21 4 16 20 10
Michael Cammalleri 21 12 7 19 6
Anze Kopitar 21 8 10 18 4
Dustin Brown 21 8 5 13 13
Lubomir Visnovsky 21 1 12 13 12
Ladislav Nagy 19 4 7 11 8
Derek Armstrong 21 0 9 9 14
Patrick O'Sullivan 21 4 3 7 4
Kyle Calder 13 3 3 6 4
Brad Stuart 21 2 4 6 10

Goaltenders[edit]

Note: GP = Games played; Min = Minutes played; W = Wins; L = Losses; OT = Overtime/shootout losses; GA = Goals against; SO = Shutouts; SV% = Save percentage; GAA = Goals against average

    Regular season   Playoffs
Player GP Min W L OT GA SO SV% GAA GP Min W L GA SO SV% GAA
Jason LaBarbera 45 2421 17 23 2 121 2 .910 3.00
Jean-Sebastien Aubin 19 827 5 6 1 44 0 .866 3.19
Erik Ersberg 14
Dan Cloutier 9 489 2 4 1 15 0 .887 3.44
Jonathan Bernier 4 238 1 3 0 16 0 .864 4.03
Jonathan Quick 3
Daniel Taylor 1 20 0 0 0 2 0 .800 6.00

Awards and records[edit]

Records[edit]

Milestones[edit]

Transactions[edit]

The Kings have been involved in the following transactions during the 2007–08 season:

Trades[edit]

February 19, 2008
To Philadelphia Flyers
Jaroslav Modry
To Los Angeles Kings
3rd round pick in 2008
February 26, 2008
To Detroit Red Wings
Brad Stuart
To Los Angeles Kings
2nd round pick in 2008
To Los Angeles Kings
4th round pick in 2009
February 26, 2008
To Anaheim Ducks
Jean-Sebastien Aubin
To Los Angeles Kings
7th round pick in 2008

Free agents[edit]

Player Former team Contract terms
Michal Handzus Chicago Blackhawks 4 years, $16 million
Tom Preissing Ottawa Senators 4 years, $11 million
Kyle Calder Detroit Red Wings 2 years, $5.4 million
Ladislav Nagy Dallas Stars 1 year, $3.75 million
Brad Stuart Calgary Flames 1 year, $3.5 million
Jean-Sebastien Aubin Toronto Maple Leafs 1 year, $525.000
Player New team
Mathieu Garon Edmonton Oilers
Tom Kostopoulos Montreal Canadiens
Tim Jackman New York Islanders
Aaron Miller Vancouver Canucks
Ryan Flinn Edmonton Oilers
Noah Clarke New Jersey Devils

Draft picks[edit]

Los Angeles' picks at the 2007 NHL Entry Draft in Columbus, Ohio.[2] The Kings had the 4th overall selection.

Round # Player Nationality NHL team College/Junior/Club team (league)
1 4 Thomas Hickey (D)  Canada Los Angeles Kings Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
2 52 Oscar Moller (C)  Sweden Los Angeles Kings Chilliwack Bruins (WHL)
2 61 Wayne Simmonds (RW)  Canada Los Angeles Kings Owen Sound Attack (OHL)
3 82 Bryan Cameron (C)  Canada Los Angeles Kings Belleville Bulls (OHL)
4 95 Alec Martinez (D)  United States Los Angeles Kings Miami University (NCAA)
4 109 Dwight King (C)  Canada Los Angeles Kings Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL)
5 124 Linden Rowat (G)  Canada Los Angeles Kings Regina Pats (WHL)
5 137 Joshua Turnbull (C)  United States Los Angeles Kings Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL)
7 184 Josh Kidd (D)  Canada Los Angeles Kings Erie Otters (OHL)
7 188 Matt Fillier (LW)  Canada Los Angeles Kings St. John's Fog Devils (QMJHL)

Farm teams[edit]

Manchester Monarchs[edit]

The Manchester Monarchs are the Kings American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate in 2007–08.

Reading Royals[edit]

The Reading Royals are the Kings affiliate in the ECHL.

Roster[edit]

2007–08 Los Angeles Kings Roster

Goaltenders:

31 – Ersberg 32 – Quick 35 – LaBarbera 39 – Cloutier  45 – Bernier 46 – Taylor 

Defensemen:

3 – Johnson 4 – Blake 5 – Harrold 17 – Visnovsky 25 – Klemm 38 – Dallman 42 – Preissing 

Forwards:

7 – Armstrong 8 – Ellis 11 – Kopitar 12 – O'Sullivan 13 – Cammalleri 15 – Murray 19 – Calder 21 – Willsie 22 – Boyle 23 – Brown 24 – Frolov 26 – Handzus 27 – Thornton 28 – Moulson 29 – Giuliano 34 – Tukonen 41 – Ivanans 47 – Nagy 52 – Gauthier 54 – Purcell 73 – Zeiler 

General ManagerDean Lombardi •  CoachMarc Crawford

See also[edit]

References[edit]