The Los Angeles Kings and St. Louis Blues were both National Hockey League expansion teams in 1967-68, along with the Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Minnesota North Stars and Oakland Seals. Over the 45 years since, the Kings and Blues have met in the Stanley Cup playoffs three times. St. Louis won the first two matchups and Los Angeles took the last. The two teams will meet for the fourth time in the 2012-13 Western Conference Quarter-Finals.
During the regular season, the Blues finished atop the West Division with 88 points. Los Angeles placed a distance fourth with just 58 points. In their semi-final playoff series, it was no contest. The Blues swept the Kings in four. St. Louis moved on to the Stanley Cup finals before being swept by the Montreal Canadiens.
The Blues were coached by Scotty Bowman and led offensively by Red Berenson and Gary Sabourin. In net was the Hall of Fame duo of Jacques Plante and Glenn Hall. The Kings were coached by Red Kelly and led offensively by Eddie Joyal and Bill ‘Cowboy’ Flett. Rookie goalie Gerry Desjardins played the bulk of the games for the Kings.
Decades passed before the two teams met in the post season again. During the regular season, St. Louis finished third in the Central Division with 98 points and the Kings placed second in the Pacific with 87. The teams met in the Western Conference Quarter-Finals and, once again, the Blues swept the Kings in four. St. Louis bowed out to the Detroit Red Wings in the following series. The Red Wings advanced and became Stanley Cup champions.
St. Louis was coached by Joel Quenneville and were led by Brett Hull and Pierre Turgeon. Grant Fuhr played the majority of games in net for the Blues. The Kings were coached by Hall of Fame defenseman Larry Robinson and were led by Josef Stumpel and Glen Murray. Stephane Fiset played the bulk of games in net for the Kings.
The tables were finally turned between these two teams in the 2011-12 playoffs. St. Louis was the better team in the regular season, finishing first in the Central Division with 109 pts. Los Angeles placed third in the Pacific with 95 points. However, it was Los Angeles that swept St. Louis in the Western Conference Semi-Finals. Los Angeles made it all the way to the finals, where the beat the New Jersey Devils to win their first Stanley Cup.
The Blues started the year with Davis Payne behind the bench but he was replaced midseason by Ken Hitchcock. The team was led by David Backes and T.J. Oshie and the goaltending was shared by Brian Elliott and Jaroslav Halak. The Kings went through three coaches in 2011-12. They started with Terry Murray, who was replaced by John Stevens. Shortly into his stint, Stevens was replaced by Darryl Sutter. The Kings were led by Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown. Jonathan Quick played most of the games in net for Los Angeles.