Here’s the story from our sister paper, the San Jose Mercury News: http://www.mercurynews.com/sharks/ci_24785400/sharks-tomas-hertl-undergo-knee-surgery
Dustin Brown was ill and couldn’t play in the Kings’ 5-2 loss Monday to the Dallas Stars. He did not attend the game and was unavailable for comment.
Here’s the second part of a group question-and-answer session with Kings goalie coach Bill Ranford:
Question: How’s he (Martin Jones) doing it? Who is this guy and how’s he doing it?
Ranford: “It’s simple. He put the work in. It’s all on him. There’s things over the last couple of years of his development that we’ve asked him to do to get him ready to step into the NHL, and he’s done that. He’s the type of kid I think from the very first day he’s stepped into this building, there was a professionalism about him, the way he approaches his position and his work-ethic and how he’s grown as a goalie down in Manchester and that’s really what it’s all about, developing and putting the work in. That’s on him.”
Here’s the first part of a group question-and-answer session with Kings goaltending coach Bill Ranford:
Question: How much of it is Ben Scrivens and Martin Jones and how much is it the defense?
Ranford: “I think it’s a combination of both. You need your goalie to make the big saves at the right time and you have to play solid defense. I think this group here, going back to the Terry Murray takes, has taken a lot of pride in their defense. That hasn’t changed.”
Here’s the link to the report from TSN: http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=439473
The Kings lost team captain Dustin Brown for the better part of the final two periods of their 4-1 victory Thursday over the San Jose Sharks. Brown drew a five-minute kneeing major and a game misconduct after colliding with the Sharks’ Tomas Hertl late in the opening period. Brown could face a suspension from the NHL.
Or not. Predictably, opinions varied as to the legality of the play.
The Kings activated forward Colin Fraser from the injured reserve list before Thursday night’s home game against the San Jose Sharks. Fraser sat out three games because of an upper-body injury. He had one assist and 18 penalty minutes in 17 games going into Thursday. The Kings re-assigned forward Linden Vey to their American Hockey League affiliate in Manchester, N.H., to make room for Fraser on the roster. Vey has five assists in 14 games with the Kings.
The Kings held an optional skate Wednesday, and most of the players took the option to do something else. Injured defenseman Willie Mitchell hit the ice, though. He couldn’t say afterward when he might be sound enough to rejoin the Kings’ lineup. He sat out Tuesday’s win over the Oilers because of an unspecified upper-body injury. “It was good, it was encouraging, just keep progressing,” Mitchell said.
Kings rookie goaltender Martin Jones won his sixth consecutive start to begin his NHL career on Tuesday, earning his third shutout with a 3-0 victory over the Edmonton Oilers. Jones is tied with teammate Ben Scrivens for the league lead with three shutouts apiece. He’s also joined some ancient company. Jones is only the third goalie in league history to record three shutouts in his first three starts, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He joins Flat Walsh of the New York Americans in 1928-29 and Frank Brimsek of the Boston Bruins in 1938-39.
Jonathan Quick skated and faced shots for the third consecutive day Wednesday at the Kings’ El Segundo practice facility. He moved another step closer to returning to the lineup after suffering a groin strain in a Nov. 12 game against the Buffalo Sabres.
Here’s what Edmonton Oilers coach Dallas Eakins had to say after Kings rookie Martin Jones stopped 24 shots to record his sixth straight victory (and third shutout) to begin his NHL career: “It turns into math. The more chances you get, the sooner or later, they going to go in. That young man was good. Maybe we just should have ran him the first shift and got it over with. That’s a good goalie they have.”