Martin Jones may be the most unlikely success story of the 2013-14 NHL season. In a campaign that has seen several out-of-nowhere netminders emerge as solid options for their teams, Jones has stolen the spotlight and dominated for the Los Angeles Kings as the team awaits the return of Jonathan Quick.
How large has Jones been since his first game back on December 3? LAKingsInsider.com takes a look:
Martin Jones is the first Kings goalie to win his first six games with the club. Anaheim’s Frederick Andersen is the last rookie to win his first six NHL starts. The NHL record for consecutive wins to start an NHL career belongs to Bob Froese, who won his first eight NHL starts with Philadelphia in 1982-83.
Despite only having six starts under his belt, Jones has already tied for the league lead in shutouts with three. To put that in perspective, it has taken Tuukka Rask 27 games to get to that mark. Semyon Varlamov only has one shutout in 24 starts, and Henrik Lundqvist has two in 26 outings.
Quick hasn’t played in five weeks, but the Kings keep on winning. Ben Scrivens has been equally outstanding for L.A., and the team could be in a very interesting situation once the typical No. 1 returns from a pulled hamstring.