No Jonathan Quick, no problem. Martin Jones recorded his third shut-out of the season last night. Jones came to the Kings via a try-out, and now he is a brick wall; allowing five goals on 177 shots good for a .972 save percentage and .82 GAA. (Pro hockey Talk). While Quick is the Kings starting goalie, and most teams would be happy to go .500 with their backups the Los Angeles Kings have managed go 12-2-3 in 17 games.
Buffalo Sabres fans have not had much to smile about this season. The Sabres are among the worst teams in the NHL. However, it seems that the Sabres are remembering how to play hockey, at least something that looks like NHL hockey. There has been some improvements under Interim Head Coach Ted Nolan, but not on the score board. Nolan is an old school coach, and believes in blue-collar hockey. The Sabres have played better defense, but their goal scoring has dropped. Check out this SB Nation article for the details.
Look out; the Boston Bruins look like they are in playoff mode. Currently the Bruins are in 1st place in the Atlantic Division with 48 points. The Bruins have the 6th best record in the NHL. Last night the Bruins did what a top-tier team should do; they beat up on the Calgary Flames (2-0). Zdeno Chara netted two Power Play goals in the victory. While one game is a small sample; if the Bruins and Chara get rolling the Eastern Conference may just become a Tea Party. CBS Sports has a break down from last night’s game.