Los Angeles Kings: Goaltending Depth Continues To Be Key To Success

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The Los Angeles Kings won their third straight game (and ninth in their last ten outings) on Sunday, as they outlasted the Colorado Avalanche in the shootout for a 3-2 victory. The win was the eighth in eight starts for rookie goaltender Martin Jones, as he became only the second goaltender in league history to accomplish that feat. For a team that was supposed to struggle in the absence of former Conn Smythe winner Jonathan Quick, this Kings team continues to thrive with Jones and Ben Scrivens between the pipes. Los Angeles now boast the best team goals-against in the NHL, allowing their opponents only 1.90 goals per game.

The win against Colorado wasn’t the Kings’ best effort of late, as they watched a 2-0 lead slip away as the Avalanche pulled even to force extra time. Jeff Carter and Justin Williams put the Kings ahead, but the Avalanche scored on power plays in the second and third periods to tie things up. Jones made 23 saves in regulation and stopped all three Avalanche shooters in the tiebreaker to preserve the win. In addition to his 8-0 record, he has a 0.98 goals-against and a .966 save percentage. Scrivens is 7-3-4 with a 1.66 goals-against and .941 save percentage. When Quick returns, it’s likely Scrivens stays as his backup but Jones is certainly making a case for an NHL job with the Kings or elsewhere in the future as he’s played three full seasons in the AHL, and can clearly play at the highest level. The Kings are showcasing goaltending depth most other teams would love to have, and they’ve been able to keep pace with the Anaheim Ducks (who are also very deep in goal) at the top of the Pacific Division standings.

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The great play of their goaltenders is what has kept the Kings near the top of their division all year long. With two top flight goalies in net they appear poised to make another run at Lord Stanley’s Cup at the end of the season. Don’t miss any of the action and get you Kings hockey tickets today.

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