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Martin Jones gets another shutout, remains undefeated

Dec 18, 2013, 1:21 AM EST

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At this point, many people are probably still asking: “Who is Martin Jones?” The most appropriate answer might just be, “The hottest goalie in the NHL.”

The 23-year-old improved his record to 6-0-0 and bagged his third shutout as the Los Angeles Kings beat the Edmonton Oilers on Tuesday. His stat line seems like the work of video game cheat codes; along with that spotless record, Jones has only allowed five goals on 177 shots (good for a .972 save percentage and .82 GAA).

If you want a little more background on Jones, he’s an undrafted goalie who earned a deal with the Kings after a tryout. He had a distinguished WHL career with the Calgary Hitmen and has quietly put up strong numbers with the AHL’s Manchester Monarchs. He also won a silver medal backing up Jake Allen with the Canadian World Junior team in 2010.

In other words, it’s understandable if you’ve never heard of him or didn’t expect him to make an NHL impact any time soon, but it’s probably not fair to call him a nobody.

Whatever way you slice it, the Kings are reaping the rewards of unexpectedly strong work from Jones and Ben Scrivens before him. Since Jonathan Quick went down with that groin injury, Los Angeles is a stupefying 12-2-3 in 17 games.

Meanwhile, the Oilers remain one of the many teams that must envy the Kings’ embarrassment of riches in net. They have a four-game winning streak as neither Devan Dubynk nor Ilya Bryzgalov have been able to get them over the hump lately.

  1. muckleflugga - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:31 AM

    i expect you can count red wings among teams in envy of kings and their riches in net…

  2. blomfeld - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:36 AM

    WE LOVE YOU JONES !!!

    Friends, while we regale at this ‘glorious’ juncture, let’ us not lose focus on that which is most important for us … the recapture of Lord Stanley’s mug (ie: greatest hockey team in the world today). Like many of you other ‘true’ King’s fans out there, I knew in my heart that comrades Jones and Scrivens were ‘up to the task’ when Quick was sidelined. What I didn’t know however, is just how ‘supremely’ they would do that ! You just gotta love it man !!! :)

    GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

    • endusersolutions2013 - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:05 AM

      Sorry, while it is clear the Kings are among the best teams in the NHL, they are only that. An honest, objective assessment:

      Each of the top teams has some weaknesses. Last year, it was quite clear objectively that the ‘Hawks were the best as they were #2 offensively, #1 defensively, #1 in points and +/- depth. Except when they played the Ducks, who owned them (thanks Wings for a big assist in last years cup;).

      Not so this year, as their defense (Save%, GAA, SOGA and PK) have all plummeted while their offense has improved.

      Lets look closer at the Kings offense (your goalie play and overall defensive prowess are an acknowledged given)

      Kings are 14th in GFA, 8th in SOG but only 19th in shooting %, 20th in the PP. These are absolutely not SC slam dunk kinda numbers.

      Your top scorer would be 6th on the Hawks. I could toss out a lot more, but I trust I’ve made my point. Objectively, for several weeks, the top teams i the league are alphabetically, with their (Strength of Schedule rank):

      Blues (11), Hawks (22), Kings (24), Sharks (3). Since they have a similar % of possible points, how can you objectively say the Kings are better than the Blues and Sharks, who’ve played a much harder schedule?

      They are closely followed by

      Aves (17), Bruins (25), Ducks (20), Pens (26)

      Thankfully, you don’t troll the Hawks and Blues Yahoo game threads like another Kings devotee, Alex, does (while posting nothing but trash and clueless projections that are proven wrong time after time)

      • patthehockeyfan - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:40 AM

        Ah, jeez! A dose of reality to calm the emotions and exuberance.

        Seriously, I enjoy reading your posts. I get an education every time. Ok, nearly every time.

        P.S. I’m superstitious, and your mentioning Alex is likely to draw him to these threads. Not sure if that’s a good thing.

      • garyhd01 - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:01 PM

        enduser what you fail to realize is while you spout all the numbers on the kings offensive weaknesses, what you forget is the kings WILL NOT LOSE IF THEY DONT GIVE UP A GOAL !!

      • sjsblitz - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:36 PM

        Very good read! Should also note Corsi % as well.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Dec 18, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        Gary, true, and they gave up 3 vs. the Hawks a few nights ago.

        I would think a Kings fan would appreciate a WC rival fan saying that the Kings were one of the top 4 teams. Pens, Ducks and Kings have been the 3 hottest teams over the last 10 games.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Dec 18, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        sjsblitz, feel free to add some additional objective observations. That’s what i find to be the main value of forums such as this – folks learning things from each other.

        I don’t see a whole lot of value to either cheerleading or trash talking. LTS

      • blomfeld - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:14 PM

        TIMING IS EVERYTHING

        Thanks Solutions for your detailed analysis, however you’ve ‘curiously’ omitted the one statistic which counts more than anything … timing. A recent Hockey News ‘lethality’ survey found that the LA Kings are ‘miles’ ahead of everyone when it comes to scoring at the ‘right’ time in games this season:

        *** Top NHL Teams as rated per the Hockey News game-winning ‘lethality’ index ***

        1) 86.4% – Los Angeles Kings
        2) 36.9% – Pittsburgh Penguins
        3) 27.5% – Chicago Blackhawks
        4) 17.6% – San Jose Sharks
        5) 12.3 % – Phoenix Coyotes

        28) 3.2% – Washington Capitals
        29) 1.2% – Vancouver Canucks
        30) 0.8% – Florida Panthers

  3. blomfeld - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:48 AM

    Comrade Flugga …

    we Kings are indeed a team with vast ‘riches’ in net … so even though you’re supposed to be a Red Wings guy and all , why don’t you now consider ‘falling in’ with us Kings … say at least for the rest of this season eh ? :)

    GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. muckleflugga - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    i’m always a man looking for a bandwagon, but i confess to jumping on the kings’ bandwagon the night tsn broke the story sutter was considering the job in los angeles…well chronicled in the tsn blogs to great scorn from hockey brothers and sisters in vancouver…

    crow, is a dish best served served cold

    i picked the kings to win that night and they did, marking the first correct pick i’ve made outside wings themselves in fifty five years of picks

    you might remember that night, the kings’ bandwagon sagged and strained under its new burden…?

  5. 19to77 - Dec 18, 2013 at 2:11 AM

    Wow. I know the Kings are great defensively and that definitely eases the load on their goalies, but… damn. Those numbers don’t lie. The kid’s a natural. When Quick went down I’m sure a lot of Kings fans wished they hadn’t dealt Bernier, but between Jones and Scrivens they clearly have no reason to worry.

    • ron05342 - Dec 18, 2013 at 4:17 AM

      Count me as one who was initially concerned, but you and the writer definitely have it correct. Fans in Los Angeles are wondering if the Kings have a “goalie farm” but the reality is the defense is the best in the league and when they do break down Jones has been there with the great saves.

      Amazing that this team was playing so poorly defensively with Quick backstopping them. I guess they got serious when Quick got injured; in other words, they needed to.

      • blomfeld - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:24 PM

        AND ‘DON’T’ COUNT ME …

        *****************************************************************************************
        blomfeld – Nov 14, 2013 at 1:09 PM

        GET WELL SOON # 1 IN THE LEAGUE !!!

        This is going to be a challenge no doubt, as you can’t just lose the undisputed ‘best’ goaltender in the business today and expect there to be no hiccups. But ‘S’ happens man, as that’s just part of the deal. Nonetheless, the silver lining here is that Scrivens will now be afforded the opportunity to prove his mettle. And I for one am ‘completely’ convinced that he’s up to the task ! We’ll see friends, as we start our campaign in New York tonight against Wang’s team …

        GO KINGS GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

        ****************************************************************************************

        The bottom line friends is that it’s called ‘conviction’ (ie: strong and/or ardent belief or opinion, augmented with unwavering zeal and enterprise) and we ‘true’ LA King fans have that in bushels ! :)

        GO KINGS GO !!! … TODAY, TOMORROW AND FOREVER !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. alswingman - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:12 AM

    Hard to believe the moderators have allowed the degradation of the comments section to continue with the obvious mentally defective Blomfeld. Only a true to form tard of the highest magnitude could possibly be behind that sub-pathetic persona. There is no possibility that individual has ever been with a woman.

    • blomfeld - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:29 PM

      *** just yesterday at a doughnut shop ***

      alswingman: hi asshole … gimme a doughnut right now !

      Blomfeld: guards, if you please …

      alswingman: hey man, take it easy eh ?

      Guards: shut up you scum ! .. KAPOW !! .. KABOOM !! .. KAZAM !!

  7. charlieconway96 - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:19 AM

    And thank god.

  8. muckleflugga - Dec 18, 2013 at 4:41 AM

    blomfeld

    thanks again for your posts, and links to elvis…i enjoy your riddles and invitation to deduce meaning…your commentary is always joyful, effusive, and leaves me lighter of heart for the reading

    your make me grin and laugh at your outrage, and you make me happy

    thank you

    • alicesrightfootesq - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:03 AM

      (Blomfeld’s alternate moniker)

    • blomfeld - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:43 PM

      As the French would say …

      ‘au contraire’ my friend, the pleasure is mine ! :)

      Flugga … if the bottom line is to leave them with lighter hearts, then you can count me in every single day of the week ending with a ‘Y’ … in fact, I would submit that you yourself display many of the characteristics which are consistent with an Agent of Joy, as do several others here at this ‘glorious’ PHT website … so keep up the good work friend and God speed ! … Blomfeld

  9. vipod4ever - Dec 18, 2013 at 6:31 AM

    Got to see him almost every other night on his East coast road trip. Been watching hockey well over 40yrs, and you know when the real deal appears….MJ is the next one behind the pipes. Ironic since the last one is retiring this year, same first name.

  10. patthehockeyfan - Dec 18, 2013 at 7:02 AM

    I wrote once before that, besides to Jones (and Scrivens), the credit initially goes to terrific scouting. The Kings’ organization seems to have a leg up when it comes to spotting and signing talent.

    Great win for Jones!! He’s sensational.

    I’m also looking forward to the return of Jonathan Quick.

    Two words:
    1) WOO and
    2) HOO

    Let’s make it one word:
    WOOHOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    GKG!!!!!

    • blomfeld - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:47 PM

      Pat … yes we have terrific scouting no doubt … but let’s also not forget that we Kings play a style of game which is based on the premise of ‘all for one and one for all’ better than anyone else … and I firmly believe that’s the main reason why we’re as good as we are …

  11. jacketsfan7 - Dec 18, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    I’ve been a huge fan of scrivens , but at this point why wouldn’t you start this kid night after night if you’re getting results?

    • endusersolutions2013 - Dec 18, 2013 at 9:46 AM

      Because teams study films and figure out tendencies and weaknesses. He may be very talented and playing very well, and nobody sustains that sort of save%. Scrivens is a fairly well known entity, and his save% has lowered more since earlier this year as teams have seen him more.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Dec 18, 2013 at 10:13 AM

      The other reason is you can’t start anyone nigh after night, or you wear them out and make them vulnerable to injuries, such as groins. For example, ‘Hawks overplayed Corey Crawford this year when their backup proved to be WAY over the hill and then injured. So playing every night, including back to backs, 1st his save% dropped, then he injured his groin. And if you have two good active goalies on the team, each needs to play often enough to stay sharp – goalie management.

      Finally, Scrivens has the best save% in the league among goalies who’ve played in at least 12 games.

      http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/stats/byposition?pos=G&conference=NHL&year=season_2013&qualified=1&sort=112

  12. rainyday56 - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Bryz and Dubnyk would both have a .950 + SV% playing behind that defence.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:34 AM

      Don’t think so – very few goalies do. Lets see, Quick also played with the same D and was at .905 through 16 games. Are you saying those two are better than J. Quick?

      • ron05342 - Dec 18, 2013 at 12:43 PM

        See my post above. The Kings were atrocious on defense to begin the season, it seems they turned it around at 180 when he went down with his injury.

      • endusersolutions2013 - Dec 18, 2013 at 2:16 PM

        Ron, did not see that in the thread. I was not trashing J Quick, but I thought the “anyone could get a .950+ save% remark” merited a response, especially the two he thought could achieve that with the LAK.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:36 AM

      Top save %s the last 5 years are .941 (year to date), .941, .940, .938 and .931 (end of season)

  13. navyeoddavee9 - Dec 18, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Reminds me of what Patrick Lalime did 19-20 yrs ago

  14. namriverrat69 - Dec 18, 2013 at 7:04 PM

    I’m not a Oiler fan but I am a hockey fan. The Oilers management have talked about how young and telented their team is and how much they expect from their players each season for a few short years.

    When the Kings started their rebuild Marc Crawford was the coach. When it turned out he didn’t have the temperment and patience to coach and teach the young players he was let go and Terry Murray was brought in. Terry had a reputation for working with young players and helping them develop and learn the game at the NHL level. Murray did just that. He brought the young Kings as far as he could but he reached a point where he could not lead them further on. He was replaced with Darryl Sutter who connected with the players individually and as a team leading them to the hockey Promised Land and they continue to pursue it again.

    My question is why don’t the Oilers bring in Murray or someone like him to develop the top young players they are stocked with, even as an assistant coach. It seems like a no brainer. From the way they play the current coach isn’t able. It would seem a coaching change needs to be made before these great players talents are wasted past their ability to achieve their absolute best capabilities. It is far easier to learn good habits than to change embedded bad habits.

    With that said: “GO KINGS GO”

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