As expected, with the Olympic break over, the Kings recalled rookie goaltender Martin Jones from their American Hockey League affiliate in Manchester, N.H., and sent goalie J.F. Berube back to the minors. Jones, who is 8-4-0 with a 1.71 goals-against average, is expected to serve as Jonathan Quick’s backup for the rest of the season. The Kings return to the ice Wednesday to face the Colorado Avalanche. Berube has appeared in 34 games this season, all with Manchester.
The Kings re-assigned goaltender Martin Jones and forward Tyler Toffoli to their American Hockey League affiliate in Manchester, N.H., for the Olympic break. The team also recalled goalie J.F. Berube. Jones won his first eight NHL starts and is 8-4-0 overall with a 1.71 goals-against average for the Kings. Toffoli has 19 points (10 goals, 19 assists) in 38 games for the Kings. Berube has a 19-13-2 record and a 2.43 goals-against average for Manchester.
Here’s the link to my feature story last month on sensational Kings rookie goalie Martin Jones: http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20131222/who-is-kings-goalie-martin-jones-the-nhl-rookie-from-canada-is-even-keeled-mysterious-x2014-and-off-to-a-red-hot-start
The Kings traded backup goaltender Ben Scrivens to the Edmonton Oilers on Wednesday for a third-round pick in the draft in June. They also recalled rookie goalie Martin Jones from their American Hockey League affiliate in Manchester, N.H.
Scrivens will have a chance to compete for the starting position with the lackluster Oilers, last in the Pacific Division and the Western Conference standings with a 15-29-5 record. Jones will serve as as Jonathan Quick’s backup with the Kings.
It figures to be a lonely job since Quick is expected to get the majority of the starts the rest of the regular season and during the playoffs. Quick is 13-6-1 with a 2.12 goals-against average and two shutouts in 21 games. He was sidelined for 24 games after suffering a groin strain Nov. 12.
Jones’ 8-0-0 start to his NHL career while filling in for Quick cast doubt on Scrivens’ future with the Kings. Jones tied a league record by winning his first eight starts and was 8-3-0 with a 1.41 goals-against average and three shutouts in 11 games before he was re-assigned to the minors.
Scrivens was 7-5-4 with a 1.97 goals-against average and three shutouts in 19 games. The 27-year-old was acquired with forward Matt Frattin in the deal that sent backup goalie Jonathan Bernier to the Toronto Maple Leafs last June 23.
Clearly, the Maple Leafs got the better end of the swap. Scrivens is no longer with the Kings and Frattin has scored only six points (two goals, four assists) in 32 games. Bernier is 15-14-4 with a 2.58 goals-against average and one shutout in 34 games for Toronto.
Jonathan Quick returned to the Kings’ lineup Saturday, leaving little doubt that he was all over the groin strain that sidelined him for 24 games. Quick made 27 saves in the Kings’ 3-1 victory over the Vancouver Canucks, and made it clear there was no need for the team to keep three goalies on their roster. Martin Jones, a 23-year-old rookie, was the odd-man out. Jones was re-assigned Sunday to the Kings’ American Hockey League affiliate at Manchester, N.H.
Jones took the league by storm, winning his first eight games in the NHL. He began with a nine-round shootout win over the Ducks as a fill-in for Ben Scrivens, who had filled in after Quick was hurt Nov. 12. Jones’ final numbers were remarkable, with an 8-3-0 record, a 1.41 goals-against average and a .950 save percentage plus three shutouts in 11 appearances. The Kings believe it was better to send him to Manchester so he could continue to play. He would likely have been scratched for games if he stayed with the Kings as the third goalie.
For now, the No. 1 goalie spot belongs to Quick, with Scrivens as his backup. Some day that order might change, but that day is not today. Quick figures to get the bulk of the work as long as he remains healthy.
The Kings did not practice Sunday, so Jones was unavailable for comment.
The Kings activated goalie Jonathan Quick from IR in time for him to start Saturday night’s game against Roberto Luongo and the Vancouver Canucks. Quick sat out the last 24 games after suffering a groin injury during the Kings’ loss Nov. 12 to the Buffalo Sabres. Ben Scrivens served as Quick’s backup for the game against the Canucks, with rookie Martin Jones expected to be sent to Manchester (N.H.) of the American Hockey League sooner rather than later. Quick went into Saturday’s game with a 10-5-0 record with a 2.35 goals-against average and one shutout.
Reminder: Saturday’s game against the Vancouver Canucks at Staples Center will begin at 7 p.m. to accommodate the Hockey Night in Canada broadcast.
Meanwhile, Kings goaltender Martin Jones was named the NHL’s co-Rookie of the Month for December, sharing the honor with Chicago Blackhawks goalie Antti Raanta. Jones was 8-2-0 with a 1.29 goals-against average and a .955 save percentage plus three shutouts in 10 starts for the Kings, who have been without No. 1 goalie Jonathan Quick since Nov. 12. Quick has a groin strain and his return to the lineup remains uncertain. Meanwhile, the Kings (25-13-4) have lost five consecutive games for the first time since December 2011. The skid dropped the Kings into third place in the hyper-competitive Pacific Division, only one point ahead of the fourth-place Canucks (23-12-7).
The Kings’ troubles have been two-fold. First, they are taking too many penalties and, second, they aren’t scoring enough goals. The Kings were the NHL’s second-most penalized team as of Friday morning, with 166 shorthanded chances in 42 games. Only the Ottawa Senators with 171 shorthanded chances in 43 games were on the penalty-kill more often than the Kings. As for scoring, the Kings had only 110 goals and were tied for fifth in scoring in the Pacific. Only the Calgary Flames had scored fewer goals than the Kings, with 96 as of Friday, within the division.
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.”
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.