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At the Rink: Devils at Kings

by Curtis Zupke /

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Kings goalie Martin Jones did his part to earn another start, and it comes just in time to give goalie Jonathan Quick a rest.

Jones will make consecutive starts for the second time this season when the Kings play the New Jersey Devils at Staples Center on Wednesday. He was first off the ice after the morning skate.

Jones had a 19-save shutout Monday in a 2-0 win against the Toronto Maple Leafs, after he had allowed 10 goals on 36 shots in his previous two games. Kings coach Darryl Sutter dismissed the notion of Jones bouncing back and referenced managing his goalies to the All-Star break.

"We need both our goalies to win games," Sutter said. "We're giving Quick here another chance to get at least six or more days between games, and you need your other goalie to win games. It's not bounce back. They either win or you lose. If we had won the other night, then Quick would play tonight. It's not somebody ahead of the other."

Jones is the fastest goalie in modern-day NHL history (since 1967-68) to have seven shutouts; it came in his 29th game. Steve Mason had reached the mark in 32 games. The Kings won't play again until Saturday against the Anaheim Ducks, so Quick will have had six days off between games.

New Jersey is without leading scorer right wing Jaromir Jagr, who has the flu. But Sutter was generous with his praise of the Devils, who will make their second appearance at Staples Center since the 2012 Stanley Cup Final.

"If you look at it, they have outstanding goaltending," Sutter said. "Both guys have really good save percentages and really good goals-against. That's a huge part of good teams' games and obviously their experience up front. They've got a lot of guys with big numbers, historically, and still have that skill set. They're still making plays. They still hang to the puck in traffic. That's the biggest thing I've seen, just knowing the experience of them."

Devils forward Patrik Elias' next goal will be his 400th.

Goalie Cory Schneider is expected to play. He is 3-1-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average and .962 save percentage in four games against the Kings.

Here are the projected lineups:


Adam Henrique - Scott Gomez - Steve Bernier

Patrik Elias - Travis Zajac - Martin Havlat

Dainius Zubrus - Mike Cammalleri - Michael Ryder

Joe Whitney - Tom Sestito - Jordin Tootoo

Andy Greene - Adam Larsson

Jon Merrill - Marek Zidlicky

Mark Fraser - Peter Harrold

Cory Schneider

Keith Kinkaid

Scratched: Jacob Josefson, Eric Gelinas

Injured: Jaromir Jagr (flu), Tuomo Ruutu (flu), Bryce Salvador (lower body), Ryane Clowe (head), Stephen Gionta (hand), Damon Severson (ankle)


Marian Gaborik - Anze Kopitar - Jeff Carter

Dustin Brown - Jarret Stoll - Justin Williams

Dwight King - Mike Richards - Trevor Lewis

Kyle Clifford - Andy Andreoff - Jordan Nolan

Brayden McNabb - Drew Doughty

Jeff Schultz - Alec Martinez

Jake Muzzin - Matt Greene

Martin Jones

Jonathan Quick

Scratched: Nick Shore, Jamie McBain

Suspended: Slava Voynov

Injured: Tanner Pearson (leg), Robyn Regehr (upper body), Tyler Toffoli (mononucleosis)

Status report: Gelinas will be activated from injured reserve but will not play, according to NJ Advance Media. … The lines remained the same for the Kings from their win against the Maple Leafs. … Regehr continues to skate but is not ready to return. … Toffoli is skating but remains out indefinitely.

Who's hot: Elias has two goals and three assists in his past four games. ... Kopitar has a goal and an assist in each of the past two games and is on a four-game point streak. ... Carter had his ninth multipoint game of the season against the Maple Leafs and has 13 points in his past 12 games.

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