Goaltender Jonathan Quick is a special commodity for the Los Angeles Kings. He is an acrobatic talent who thrives on a heavy workload.
When he gets rolling – and he has in the playoffs, twice -- he can steal games. He boldly challenges shooters and then relies on his defensemen to cover his backside.
This is not a playing style that brings much comfort for coaches, but it works for Quick.
But he could be out of the nets for a long, long time after suffering a groin and/or hamstring muscle injury. The Kings should know later today how much time he will miss.
“Obviously, it didn't look good,” general manager Dean Lombardi told the Los Angeles Times. “The trainers told me walking out, it was not good. They don't know until they get in there and find out what it is, nobody knows.”
Newcomer Ben Scrivens gets the first crack at replacing Quick. He came from the Toronto Maple Leafs as part of the Jonathan Bernier trade.
Scrivens has appeared in just five Kings games, posting a 1.89 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage. He posted decent ratios (.269, .915) as a back-up in Toronto last season.
His excellent trade record at Cornell University and for the Toronto Marlies of the American Hockey League gives Kings fans some hope that he can hold the fort. Goaltender Martin Jones has arrived from the AHL to offer another alternative.