In referencing the organization's prior goaltending woes, it's always easy to reach into one's hip pocket and recall the 2006-07 Los Angeles Kings season, in which a goaltending consortium of Mathieu Garon, Sean Burke, Dan Cloutier, Barry Brust and Yutaka Fukufuji combined to post a 3.26 goals against average and .886 save percentage.
Goalie - LAK
GAA: 0.74 | SVP: 0.974
Through the first 31 games of the season, are the 2013-14 Kings proving to be the antithesis of their 2006-07 counterparts?
Including the overtime of the game in which a former Conn Smythe-winning goaltender succumbed to injury, Los Angeles has posted a 9-1-4 record behind the stellar contributions in net from Ben Scrivens and Martin Jones, who have combined to record a 1.28 goals against average and .953 save percentage in Jonathan Quick's absence.
Though both goaltenders have certainly earned their share of praise, the team's play in net has been solidified by a more tightly executed defensive system that will carry a streak of 16 consecutive games having allowed two goals or less into Wednesday's matchup with the Toronto Maple Leafs.
"I think the big part is we've found our game from the structure, defensively," said Goaltending Coach Bill Ranford. "We were giving up probably 10-plus more chances a game early on in the season, and we felt we had to clean that area up and get the puck moving quicker and faster, and I think that everything started to fall into place. You give good teams that many extra opportunities, pucks are going to end up in the net. It doesn't matter who's in goal."
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