LA Kings Quest for a Dynasty
The reigning Stanley Cup champion Los Angeles Kings have returned to the ice with training camp for the 2014-15 season underway. Their first return to game action at the Staples Center will be September 22nd when they host the Phoenix Coyotes. For their next week, the team will prepare for that game and try to hone their skills while also putting the memory of last year’s heroics behind them as they seek to win their third Cup in just four years.
The term “dynasty” gets bandied about quite a bit, but the Los Angeles Kings are certainly in a position to make an indelible mark on the sport. No team has won back to back Stanley Cups since the Detroit Red wings back during the 1996-97 and 97-98 seasons. The closest a team has come to winning the Stanley Cup twice in three years is when the New Jersey Devils took home the Cup in 1999-2000 and then again in 2002-2003, a span of four years.
Not only that, but the Kings have won in dominant fashion, putting away the Devils two years ago in six games (after leading 3-0) and ending the New York Rangers quest for glory in five games (similarly, after leading 3-0.) It certainly cannot be said that the Kings have won via fluke or uncommon occurrences; they have been the best team on the ice during the postseason two out of the past three years.
With such great level of play from the team, it’s no wonder there is such high demand for LA Kings tickets for 2014-15. Currently, the average ticket price on the secondary market is $140 for Kings tickets. The most expensive game on the Kings schedule is the home opener against the San Jose Sharks on October 8th. Kings vs. Sharks tickets have an average ticket price of $322 with a get-in price of $135. The Sharks notoriously blew a 3-0 lead against the Kings in the opening round, losing by a combined score of 18-5 over the final four games of the series.
If you’re looking to see the Kings for as little as possible, their cheapest regular season game happens to occur just a week later when they host the Edmonton Oilers. Kings vs. Oilers tickets on October 14th have an average ticket price of $72 with a get-in of just $15.
On November 15th the Kings will host the Anaheim Ducks, another team that took the Kings to the distance in last year’s playoffs. Anaheim led 3-2 before falling to the Kings in Games 6 and 7. Tickets to see the Kings vs. the Ducks have an average price of $169.
And arguably the best matchup this calendar year will be when the Chicago Blackhawks visit Los Angeles on November 29th. Kings vs. Blackhawks tickets have an average price of $208 currently and it will cost at least $53 to get in the door. Just like the Sharks and Ducks, the Blackhawks fought the Kings for seven games last year, ultimately falling in Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals 5-4 in overtime. It was the most historic Western Conference run of any team, and they topped it off with a victory against the Rangers in five games.
And very soon, we will see if they have any magic left for 2014-15!