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Monday, December 23rd (All times Eastern)

Dallas Stars (17-12-6) at Los Angeles Kings (25-8-4), 10:30 p.m.

(SportsNetwork.com) - Los Angeles Kings rookie goaltender Martin Jones has yet to allow a goal in the shootout this season.

What else would you expect from the perfect 23-year-old?

Jones could get a chance to win a ninth straight decision to begin his career on Monday night as the Kings play host to the Dallas Stars.

The undrafted Jones continued the amazing start to his NHL career on Saturday by stopping all three skaters he faced in the shootout, leading the Kings to a 3-2 victory over the Colorado Avalanche.

Jones made 23 saves through overtime and improved to 8-0-0 to begin his career after Anze Kopitar scored the lone goal of the shootout. Jones has a 0.98 goals against average and .966 save percentage, with his eight victories to begin a career matching Bob Froese's single-season record set in 1982-83.

Ray Emery, then of the Ottawa Senators, holds the NHL mark for consecutive winning decisions to start a career at nine, which was spread out from the 2002-03 to 2005-06 seasons.

"It's been good," said Jones, who has stopped all 12 shootout attempts he has faced in his NHL career. "I've said it before it's a good start, but it's something to build off of and make sure we keep getting better here. I thought we deserved to win in regulation today. I think we needed one more big save that we didn't get in regulation there, but the guys did a really good job."

Jeff Carter and Justin Williams tallied in regulation for the Kings, who have won three in a row and nine of their last 10.

Jones, who has shared time with Ben Scrivens since No. 1 netminder Jonathan Quick went down with a groin injury in mid-November, could start tonight as the Kings go for a fourth victory in their past five meetings with the Stars.

That span includes a 5-2 victory in Los Angeles for the Kings on Oct. 19. Quick made 27 saves and Williams had two goals and an assist.

The Stars had won two straight overall before a 3-2 shootout setback to the San Jose Sharks on Saturday. Ray Whitney and Antoine Roussel both scored to give Dallas a 2-0 lead in the second period, but the Sharks responded and picked up the extra point when Joe Thornton scored the lone shootout tally in the fifth round.

Thornton ripped a wrister past the blocker side of Kari Lehtonen, who made 37 saves.

"It's always frustrating to lose, but tonight it is really deep," Roussel told Dallas' website. "For us it's a learning curve still. We played a great game, we had 40 shots, we were in their face, we got great bounces in front of the net. (But we) didn't capitalize. It's tough."

Dallas' blue line also took another hit when Sergei Gonchar was hit in the jaw by a shot in the second period and had to leave the game. He is not expected to play tonight due to concussion-like symptoms.

The Stars are already playing without injured defensemen Stephane Robidas (broken leg), Trevor Daley (sprained left ankle) and Aaron Rome (lower body).

12/23 10:56:48 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
Final
PHI 91
CHA 109
Final
PHI 91
CHA 109
Final
ORL 94
UTA 101
Final
CLE 95
BRK 91
Final
BOS 114
MIN 98
Final
DET 100
TOR 110
Final
MIA 103
WAS 105
Final
MEM 97
CHI 103
2nd OT
SAN 112
POR 112
 
4th
DEN 82
LAC 77
 
1st
LAL 22
OKC 17
 
Final
YOUNG 92
WILB 71
 
Final
TULA 56
JST 49
 
Final
RAD 76
SIENA 66
 
Final
BUCK 88
CASEWEST 65
 
Final
LIB 94
CPNC 65
 
Final
SCAR 68
CLEM 45
Final
CMICH 97
CONC 60
 
Final
MIAMI 44
EKENT 72
Final
GWEBB 91
HIWASSEE 71
 
Final
ODU 60
MDES 43
 
Final
BUF 88
NIAG 62
 
Final
KSU 71
NCAT 57
 
Final
FAM 65
UNF 83
 
Final
NORST 81
NARZ 62
 
Final
DART 58
NILL 55
 
Final
MORE 60
NKENTUCKY 83
 
Final
UCSB 69
SDCHR 46
 
Final
STJ 53
GAELS 47
Final
ALA 69
STILL 49
 
Final
HAMP 66
TENST 54
 
Final
TENN 61
TENT 58
Final
WMARY 86
WSHMD 46
 
Final
MERC 67
COOK 46
 
Final
FLGC 83
FUR 78
 
Final
CALST 49
SDKST 53
 
Final
MTST 68
CHAT 58
Final
NDAK 78
DICKINSON 48
 
Final
LAMON 76
LSUALEX 71
 
Final
PRIN 77
LIP 55
 
Final
LAM 80
MLGN 53
 
Final
MINN 92
SEAT 57
 
Final
LOYC 73
SUTAH 57
 
Final
SELA 81
WINT 71
 
Final
SILL 52
NO 56
 
Final
MARQ 83
ALAAM 49
 
Final
TTU 72
ARKPB 51
 
Final
DEN 84
COLST 85
 
Final
CREI 75
TXPA 60
 
Half
CAL 37
EWASH 26
 
Half
UTST 30
IDST 24
 
11:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ARZ
11:59pm Tonight
CHAM
HAW
 
Final
NJD 3
TAM 2
Final
OTT 6
ANA 2
Final
DET 1
NYI 2
Final
WIN 2
BOS 1
3rd
CAL 1
DAL 2