Despite their anemic offense during the regular season, the Los Angeles Kings did produce a high shots-per-game average over the course of 82 games. Their average of 30.6 shots per game tied them with St. Louis for 10th overall and 2,509 total shots were good for 11th.
In the playoffs, the Kings averaged an identical 30.6 shots per game, as they were ranked 6th among the 16 teams. Their 611 total shots were second to New Jersey’s 681. Of course, the latter stat is a little more misleading considering the Kings lasted the longest.
With that said, despite trailing the Devils by 70 shots, Los Angeles did play in four fewer games. It’s also fair to note that the New York Rangers, who played in the same amount of games as the Kings did this spring, recorded 25 fewer shots than the eventual Cup champions.
If there’s one downside to Los Angeles’ shot total during the regular season, it’s that it was somewhat misleading. After all, it was no coincidence that Los Angeles finished the year second-last overall in the goals-for department. While the Kings consistently outshot their opponents, the quality shots were far and far between. Not to worry, though, as that all changed during the playoffs when Los Angeles’ shot mentality became exponentially better.
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