The Los Angeles Kings have assigned goaltender Martin Jones to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, it was announced Sunday.
Jones, 23, made his NHL debut on Dec. 3 against the Anaheim Ducks and stopped 26 shots for his first victory. He followed that performance with consecutive shutouts on Dec. 7 against the New York Islanders (16 saves) and Dec. 10 against the Montreal Canadiens (31 saves).
Jones won his first eight NHL starts and became the second goaltender in League history to win his first eight games, matching Bob Froese of the 1982-83 Philadelphia Flyers. Jones was the first goalie to start and allow two or fewer goals in each of his first eight games since 1938-39 (Frank Brimsek/12-game streak).
Overall, Jones is 8-3-0 with a 1.41 goals-against average, a .950 save percentage and three shutouts in 11 NHL appearances this season. He is 9-2-2 with a 2.24 goals-against average and a .927 save percentage for Manchester.
The Kings continue a five-game homestand on Tuesday against the Minnesota Wild at Staples Center.