LOS ANGELES — For many, December is time when their thoughts turn to family and friends and celebrating the holiday season with them. But for long-time fans of the Los Angeles Kings, December often means dread, doom and gloom as their team goes into their traditional, inevitable December Swoon, a month filled with many more losses than wins.
Indeed, in forty seasons on the ice, the Kings have had a winning record in December just eleven times, their best December coming in 2005-06 when they earned a 9-4-1 record, good for 19 out of possible 28 points, a .679 percentage.
But that leaves 29 seasons when they were at or below the .500 mark in December and even then, they reached the .500 mark only five times in those seasons.
To be sure, December has generally been quite unkind to the Kings, who have a 182-227-70 record in December, earning just 454 out of a possible 958 points, a .453 percentage.
Yet when you look at how the Kings have done overall, the December Swoon turns out to be mostly a myth. Read more of this post