Originally written on Kukla's Korner  |  Last updated 6/22/14
This season the Los Angeles Kings are one of the four teams that started the season in Europe.  They are different from the other teams that are starting the season overseas because both of the games they played were counted as Los Angeles Kings home games.  That means that while most teams play 41 games in their home stadium in a regular season and historically teams that start the season overseas play 40, the Kings will play 39.  This is a bit of a disadvantage for Los Angeles.  Big parts of home ice advantage come from familiarity with the surroundings and from a friendly crowd.  Neither of these exists in Europe.  While Los Angeles had two overseas games counted as home ones (instead of the traditional one home game and one away), both of the New York Rangers overseas games count as away games for the team.  This shows us the level of negotiation that is involved in league events - even something as simple as four overseas games. Continue reading "Anschutz Decision Against The K...
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