With starting goaltender Jonathan Quick placed on long-term injury reserve due to a groin injury that he sustained about a month ago, the Los Angeles Kings had to make a decision on who they would play between the pipes.
Backup goalie Ben Scrivens would be getting the nod as "starter". With a backup goalie starting, the Kings were still faced with the fact they Scrivens would not be able to start every game, physically and mentally. The real question being thrown around the Kings front office was 'who will back-up Scrivens?' The Kings management would have to turn to their minor league affiliate, the Manchester Monarchs. With three goalies playing in the minors, the Kings had a decent variety to choose from. In the end, the Kings would go with the 6'4", 23 year old unrestricted free agent they signed back in 2008, Martin Jones.
Jones has been a great asset for the Kings, winning all four games he has started , a save percentage of .974 and a goal against average of .74. Could these numbers change if he started more games? More than likely yes, however, some of his highlight saves beg to differ.
Jones reminds me a lot of his teammate Jonathan Quick, he is able to stretch out to make remarkable saves while staying calm after taking a few one timers and rebound shots.