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LA is vying to be the decade's worst OT/shootout team.

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Not only do the Los Angeles Kings have the worst OT/shootout record (3-15) in the NHL this year...they have the worst OT/SO winning % since 2005-06, when the league adopted the shootout. That's out of 300 possible teams!

In that time, 23 squads have shanked their way to a sub-.300 OT/SO winning % (playoffs in bold):

Year Team OT/SO W OT/SO L Win %
2007-08 COLUMBUS 5 12 0.294
2011-12 ANAHEIM 5 12 0.294
2013-14 NASHVILLE 5 12 0.294
2010-11 OTTAWA 4 10 0.286
2012-13 TORONTO 2 5 0.286
2011-12 FLORIDA 7 18 0.280
2006-07 DETROIT 5 13 0.278
2005-06 BOSTON 6 16 0.273
2005-06 CALGARY 4 11 0.267
2009-10 NY RANGERS 4 11 0.267
2005-06 PITTSBURGH 5 14 0.263
2006-07 WASHINGTON 5 14 0.263
2006-07 PHILADELPHIA 4 12 0.250
2009-10 COLUMBUS 5 15 0.250
2010-11 EDMONTON 4 12 0.250
2006-07 FLORIDA 5 16 0.238
2011-12 CALGARY 5 16 0.238
2007-08 ST LOUIS 4 13 0.235
2012-13 NEW JERSEY 3 10 0.231
2008-09 TAMPA BAY 5 18 0.217
2010-11 BOSTON 3 11 0.214
2011-12 CAROLINA 4 16 0.200
2014-15 LOS ANGELES 3 15 0.167

From the '11 champs to the dregs of the shootout era, the 2014-15 Kings are among some decidedly mixed company, whether their season finishes with an early tee time or polish on a third Cup.

You'll be shocked, shocked to find that OT/SO success can help punch your postseason ticket! Since 2005-06, 11 of the 16 teams in the .700-plus OT/SO winning % club advanced to the second season (playoffs in bold):

Year Team OT/SO W OT/SO L Win %
2012-13 PITTSBURGH 5 0 1.000
2012-13 ST LOUIS 9 2 0.818
2008-09 NEW JERSEY 15 4 0.789
2005-06 COLUMBUS 14 4 0.778
2007-08 EDMONTON 19 6 0.760
2006-07 TAMPA BAY 15 5 0.750
2011-12 BOSTON 11 4 0.733
2009-10 PHOENIX 19 7 0.731
2011-12 NEW JERSEY 16 6 0.727
2011-12 COLORADO 16 6 0.727
2010-11 ANAHEIM 13 5 0.722
2014-15 COLUMBUS 13 5 0.722
2005-06 DALLAS 15 6 0.714
2006-07 VANCOUVER 17 7 0.708
2008-09 COLORADO 12 5 0.706
2010-11 NY RANGERS 12 5 0.706

Anyway, you're probably tired of hearing about how Los Angeles is "post-regulation challenged." But look on the bright side! The 2012 Kings managed to win it all despite the worst regular season team shooting % ever for a post-1967 champion. The 2014 Kings took home the silver chalice despite being the only champ to endure three four-game or more pointless streaks in a year. These Kings are the kings of overcoming "despite"...but now, they'll need a little help.

Stats as of 4/7/15. Stats courtesy of NHL.com.