The Los Angeles Kings released their regular season schedule on Thursday, along with their promotional schedule for the upcoming NHL season.
Being in the Western Conference the LA Kings plan to log many miles as their games stretch from Nashville to Vancouver and all cities in between.
Kings Home Opener
The Kings home opener will be on October 5th against their bitter rival, the San Jose Sharks.
Hopefully, the Kings are able to turn their luck around this time. They’ve only managed to beat the Sharks once since October of 2015 at the Staples Center.
Here are some highlights of the Kings schedule:
Mark your calendars. The LA Kings full 2018-19 schedule is now out 👀https://t.co/Dg3eVluFFh
— LA Kings (@LAKings) June 21, 2018
The month a February will be a tough one for the Kings, the players will be living out of a suitcase as they play 9 of 13 games on the road starting the month with a six-game road trip to the east coast.
They will conclude the road trip against the 2018 Stanley Cup champion, Washington Capitals. Then, the Capitals fly out west a week later at Staples. The Kings have an eight-game home winning streak against the newly champs.
The Kings face their cross-town rivals, the Anaheim Ducks, twice at Staples Center this upcoming season.
Kings’ most recent playoff rival, the Chicago Blackhawks come to LA twice. The defending Western Conference champions, Las Vegas Golden Knights, visit LA three times, including a season ending game that might have playoff implications.
The Kings have nine home games in November and March. The team will have to find more productive ways to close out games in order to improve from last year. LA were only 23-15-3 meaning, they only earned points in 26 games placing them in 18th within the league.
While on the road, the Kings executed better, earning points from 27 games, placing them fifth in the league. If LA is looking to climb up the standings, a point of emphasis will have to be closing games in home turf.
Promotions and Giveaways
A smart promotional strategy that helps not only ticket sales but also maintains the LA Kings fans happy, is the distribution of free collectibles at home games.
The Kings are scheduled to give away a series of Limited Edition Collectible Art Prints among other items. They will also have cross promotions with other local teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers, LA Galaxy, and their AHL affiliate, Ontario Reign.
More giveaways and promotions to be announced at a later date.
Darryl Sutter’s Retirement
With the recent retirement announcement of former Kings coach Darryl Sutter, mark me down for a night in which he and his family are honored, for the contributions he made in leading the Kings to two Stanley Cups, in 2012 and 2014.
The NHL season is a marathon not a sprint.
Here’s to hoping that the Kings have a fun and fruitful journey as they try to reach elite status once again this NHL season.