For many talented goaltenders, finding that long-sought rhythm and routine over an 82 game season is a major key in establishing consistency and maintaining good numbers.
When a goaltender records a 1.95 goals against average and .929 save percentage with 10 shutouts over 69 games, as Jonathan Quick did in a regular season that drew a Vezina Trophy nomination, it's a reflection of a goaltender's widespread success under many adverse conditions and challenges.
While Quick's play was outstanding across the board in 2011-12, he has especially thrived with a spaced-out schedule, posting a 5-0-1 record under Sutter when starting a game after at least three days of rest. In the playoffs, where television schedules often dictate two full days between games, Quick would appear to feel awfully secure in his goaltending rhythm not that that really changes nything.
This zone of comfort is important, as the Kings will have spent six days standing over their slapshot once Game 1 ...