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Sutter close to overseeing fourth Jennings Trophy with third team

Apr 5, 2014, 10:11 AM EST

LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 31: Jonathan Quick #32 of the Los Angeles Kings makes a save against the Minnesota Wild at Staples Center on March 31, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. Getty Images

With the 2013-14 campaign almost over, the Los Angeles Kings have an edge in the race for the Jennings Trophy. The award goes to the goalie(s) that play in at least 25 games with the team that allows the least goals in the regular season.

Los Angeles is a bit of a unique case in that regard because Jonathan Quick would be the sole recipient despite the fact that he’s only appeared in only 46 contests. That’s because Martin Jones and Ben Scrivens have split the other 32 starts fairly evenly. Scrivens was dealt to the Edmonton Oilers in January.

Jones and Scrivens deserve a lot of the credit for putting the Kings in the running for this award, but there’s no question that the team’s starting goaltender has been dominant with a 2.03 GAA and .916 save percentage.

As an interesting note, if the Kings do win, it will be the fourth time that Darryl Sutter has coached a team to that award. He previously oversaw Chicago claiming the distinction in 1993 and 1996 and then Calgary in 2006.

“I think that’s pretty interesting considering…probably at the quarter-pole, I don’t know if we’d be in the top-10,” Sutter told LA Kings Insider. “So we’ve come along pretty good. Give credit to everybody.”

The Kings don’t have one of the more successful offenses in the NHL, so they’ve relied on their superior defense and goaltending to get by. So far it has served them decently as the team is set to make the playoffs as the Pacific Division’s third seed.

The Boston Bruins and St. Louis Blues are also still in the running for the award.

  1. patthehockeyfan - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    I don’t mean to be a pita, Dadoun:

    ” … the team’s starting goaltender has been dominate with a 2.03 GAA and .916 save percentage.”

    dominant

    • idonthavethebloodyoucrave - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:53 AM

      Editing before posting is hard.

  2. patthehockeyfan - Apr 5, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    To the story: Quick is world-class, and Sutter, in his Zen-like, Yoda-kind-of way is superb. The Kings’ goalie coach, Bill Ranford, deserves a ton of credit here, too. Quick, Bernier, Scrivens, Jones, and, I understand, a couple of great prospects in the pipeline, … . Nothing but respect for Ranford and his work.

  3. blomfeld - Apr 5, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    “OFF WITH THEIR HEADS … THE LOT OF THEM !”

    So have many a King said in years gone by and so will ‘we’ Kings say tonight here in Vancouver. Yes sir, one will hardly be able to take a step without tripping over a fallen Canuckle noggin ! The bottom is that the Vancouver Canucks are now ‘finished’ while we Kings are going places. So either they cooperate by stepping aside in-order to ‘let a King’s army pass’ or they foolishly resist and meet the full ‘fury’ of our glorious and righteous might ! The choice is yours Canuckle heads ? …

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

    1) Jonathan Quick
    2) Martin Jones
    3) Ben Scrivens
    4) Jonathan Bernier
    5) Bill Ranford

    28) Phyllis Diller / aka Ryan Miller
    29) Me Me Me Ovechkin
    30) Roberto Madoff Luongo

    • alexnewca - Apr 5, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      How long does it take you to come up with this stuff?

      • blomfeld - Apr 5, 2014 at 9:36 PM

        about 0.2 seconds, on a slow day :) … friend, all I do is type ‘that’ which I’m thinking or feeling … nothing more and nothing less …

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