Los Angeles Kings, American expert ice hockey group situated in Los Angeles that plays in the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). The Kings have won two Stanley Cup titles (2012 and 2014) and three meeting titles (1993, 2012, and 2014).
The Kings were one of the extension groups that the NHL added to its supposed "Unique Six" in 1967. Their first years were for the most part undistinguished, with losing records in every one of the group's initial six seasons (in spite of the fact that the Kings did twice meet all requirements for the postseason and even won a first-round arrangement in 1968–69 notwithstanding having the most exceedingly awful record of all play-off groups that year). Behind the champion play of goaltender Rogatien (Rogie) Vachon (1971–78), focus Marcel Dionne (1975–87), and conservative Dave Taylor (1977–94), the Kings kept running off nine back to back play-off billets between 1973–74 and 1981–82, however they progressed past the first round only multiple times during that length. The 1981–82 season additionally denoted the start of seven straight seasons during which the Kings completed in either last or second-to-last place in their division.
Despite the fact that the group had not made a big deal about an effect on the NHL for the vast majority of its reality, that circumstance changed drastically in 1988. That year, in a standout amongst the most huge exchanges hockey history, the Kings procured whiz Wayne Gretzky from the Edmonton Oilers, immediately transforming the Kings into one of North America's most-discussed groups. Gretzky won the Hart Memorial Trophy (class Most Valuable Player grant) in his first season in Los Angeles, and he drove the Kings to the group's first division title in 1990–91; in any case, the Kings did not propel any farther than the second round of the postseason during his initial four years with the group. The Kings—with a list including Gretzky, left wing Luc Robitaille, and defenseman Rob Blake—got through in 1992–93, winning a gathering title before at last losing to the Montreal Canadiens in the Stanley Cup finals. The Kings' play tumbled off steeply the accompanying season, nonetheless, bringing about a fifth-place divisional completion and the start of a four-season play-off dry spell. When the Kings came back to the postseason in 1997–98, the group's program had been essentially patched up, most eminently by exchanging Gretzky to the St. Louis Blues in 1996.
The primary decade of the 21st century saw Los Angeles miss the play-offs each season from 2002–03 to 2008–09. The Kings, driven by focus Anže Kopitar and conservative Dustin Brown, came back to the postseason in 2009–10 and 2010–11 just to lose their first play-off arrangement each season. Be that as it may, in 2011–12 the Kings, who qualified for the postseason as the eighth (least) seed in the Western Conference, went on a standout amongst the most amazing play-off keeps running in ice hockey history. The group upset the three most elevated seeded groups in the gathering (the Vancouver Canucks, the St. Louis Blues, and the Phoenix Coyotes), winning a NHL-record eight successive postseason street recreations en route, to progress to the Stanley Cup finals. There the Kings at last expanded their play-rough terrain series of wins to 10 and crushed the New Jersey Devils in six amusements to turn into the most minimal seeded group to ever win the Stanley Cup. The Kings came back to the gathering finals in 2012–13 (a loss to the Chicago Blackhawks) for the first consecutive appearances in that play-off round in establishment history. The accompanying season, the Kings went on an exceptional play-off run. In the opening round, Los Angeles turned into the third group in NHL history to return from a 3–0 arrangement shortfall to win the arrangement, as the group crushed the adversary San Jose Sharks. The Kings pursued this accomplishment by winning two progressively seven-game arrangement to progress to the Stanley Cup finals, each (as was additionally the situation against the Sharks) with the choosing seventh game occurring in the adversaries' home field. Los Angeles proceeded with its exciting play in the finals, where it dispatched the New York Rangers in a five-game arrangement that highlighted three additional time triumphs for the Kings. The group completed two outside of play-off capability in 2014–15 to end its five-year postseason streak. The Kings came back to the play-offs the accompanying season however were annoyed with the Sharks in the opening round. In the wake of missing the postseason the following year, the Kings came back to the play-offs following the 2017–18 season however were cleared in the first round by the upstart extension group Vegas Golden Knights.