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L.A. Kings vs. last 25 NHL Stanley Cup winners

We played a round-robin tournament featuring the 2013-14 Kings vs. the last 25 Stanley Cup champions

June 19, 2014

Using our NHL simulation engine, we placed the 2013-14 Los Angeles Kings in a round-robin tournament featuring the last 25 Stanley Cup champions. Every team in the tournament played every other team 51 times. The simulation generated each team's winning percentage (Win %) and average goals per game (Avg. Goals).

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2013-14 Los Angeles Kings vs. Last 25 Stanley Cup Champions
RankTeamWin %Avg. GoalsSimulate vs. Kings
11988-89 Calgary Flames72.84.2SimMatchup >
22000-01 Colorado Avalanche64.33.5SimMatchup >
31995-96 Colorado Avalanche63.63.7SimMatchup >
41987-88 Edmonton Oilers62.94.7SimMatchup >
52012-13 Chicago Blackhawks62.53.2SimMatchup >
62010-11 Boston Bruins57.43.0SimMatchup >
71998-99 Dallas Stars55.73.0SimMatchup >
82007-08 Detroit Red Wings52.03.1SimMatchup >
92001-02 Detroit Red Wings51.93.1SimMatchup >
102006-07 Anaheim Ducks51.53.3SimMatchup >
112009-10 Chicago Blackhawks51.23.2SimMatchup >
121989-90 Edmonton Oilers50.04.2SimMatchup >
131993-94 New York Rangers49.93.3SimMatchup >
142003-04 Tampa Bay Lightning48.93.2SimMatchup >
152002-03 New Jersey Devils48.72.5SimMatchup >
161992-93 Montreal Canadiens48.33.8SimMatchup >
171990-91 Pittsburgh Penguins45.54.5SimMatchup >
182008-09 Pittsburgh Penguins45.33.4SimMatchup >
192005-06 Carolina Hurricanes43.83.8SimMatchup >
201997-98 Detroit Red Wings42.73.1SimMatchup >
212013-14 Los Angeles Kings42.52.4Stanley Cup Champions!
221999-00 New Jersey Devils40.53.1SimMatchup >
231996-97 Detroit Red Wings39.83.0SimMatchup >
241991-92 Pittsburgh Penguins37.04.4SimMatchup >
251994-95 New Jersey Devils37.03.0SimMatchup >
262011-12 Los Angeles Kings34.32.6SimMatchup >

The L.A. Kings defeated the New York Rangers in five games - including three overtime victories - to claim the Stanley Cup. But before settling in for the offseason, our NHL simulation engine had one more challenge for hockey's newly-minted champs. We "played" a round-robin tournament in which the Kings played the last 25 Stanley Cup winners.

The Kings finished 21st of 26 teams in or simulation, winning 42.5 percent of their games. Given that their 2.4 goals per game was the lowest figure of any team in the simulation, credit goes to Kings goalie Jonathan Quick for keeping his team out of the cellar.

Among the teams the Kings edged out were the 2011-12 Kings, which finished last in the simulation. That version of the Kings captured the Stanley Cup despite being the Western Conference's No. 8 seed in the 2012 playoffs.

The simulation's top team was the 1988-89 Calgary Flames, which won 72.8 percent of their games, 8.5 percent more than the runner-up 2000-01 Colorado Avalanche. The Flames featured future Hall of Famers Lanny McDonald, Joe Mullen, Al MacInnis, Joe Nieuwendyk and Doug Gilmour.

The Detroit Red Wings claimed the best representation in the tournament with four teams. Two of the Red Wings' squads finished in the top 10 of the simulation, led by the eighth-ranked 2007-08 Red Wings. The New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins each had three teams in the simulation.

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Jake Westrich is the Digital Content Coordinator for WhatIfSports.com. He can be reached at jwestrich@whatifsports.com.

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