Kings demote rookie G Jones
Quick returns from groin injury
Leading the NHL in goals-against average wasn't enough for rookie Martin Jones to keep his job.
The 23-year-old goalie was assigned to Los Angeles' AHL affiliate in Manchester, N.H., the Kings announced Sunday. The decision came one day after the team's regular goalie, Jonathan Quick, returned following a seven-week absence caused by a groin injury.
Jones tied the NHL record by winning each of his first eight starts, a feat only previously accomplished by the Philadelphia Flyers' Bob Froese in 1982-83. Jones allowed two goals or fewer in each of those eight games, the best such start to a career since the Boston Bruins' Frank Brimsek had a 12-game run in 1938-39.
Since the sizzling beginning, Jones lost his last three games before getting demoted. In his most recent outing, he was pulled after giving up two goals in just over half of the game against the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.
Jones has a 1.41 goals-against average and a .950 save percentage (also the best in the league) to go with his 8-3 record.
Quick led Los Angeles to a 3-1 win over the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday. He improved to 11-5 with a 2.27 GAA and a .909 save percentage.
Quick's backup will be Ben Scrivens, who is 7-5-4 with a 1.97 GAA and a .931 save percentage.
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