The Los Angeles Kings are looking to make a playoff run, but they will need to go at least a month without starting goaltender Jonathan Quick. News broke yesterday that Quick could be out until Christmas or longer. Quick is trying to recover from a Grade 2 groin strain that he suffered on November 12th against the Buffalo Sabres.
It’s going to be a while, Lombardi said. At least another month. We’re probably looking, if things go according to plan, at Christmas. NHL.com
So far this year Quick has been solid. He has gone 10-5 with a GAA of 2.35, and a SV% of .905. Quick is 27-years-old, and is under contract until the end of the 2022-2023 season with a cap hit of $5,800,000.
With Quick in the press box backup Ben Scrivens will most likely get the bulk of the work load. Quick has missed four games already and Scrivens has been nothing short of stellar; going 4-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA, .963. He has also put up two shut-outs, and was just named the NHL’s 1st star of the week.
Our goalie coaches, Bill Ranford and Kim Dillabaugh, do a great job with all the goalies on our food chain. They had scouted Ben quite a bit before we made the deal, Lombardi said. NHL.com
This injury would be daunting to most NHL clubs, but it seems like the Kings are one of the few NHL teams with a reliable backup. That will give both the Kings and Quick some piece of mind.