Within the month, the hottest goalie in the NHL will, in all likelihood, be informed by his employer that there is no room for him with the varsity. Martin Jones won his first eight NHL starts with the Los Angeles Kings to tie a league record set by the Flyers’ Bob Froese in 1982-83. With Jonathan Quick sidelined because of a groin strain, Jones went 8-0-0 with a 0.98 goals-against average, a .966 save percentage, and three shutouts. It wasn’t until last Monday, in a 5-2 setback against Dallas, did Jones finally learn that losing in the NHL is possible.
Quick, out since Nov. 12, could return by early January, approximately two months after he strained his groin. Ben Scrivens, previously Quick’s backup, is 7-3-4 with a 1.66 GAA and .941 save percentage. Scrivens, a former Cornell goalie, would have to clear waivers prior to an AHL assignment.