Ten days after training camp started, the Kings seem no closer to finding a No. 1 goalie. If anything, it’s more distant than ever. Last night, Aubin started and stopped 13 of 15 shots. LaBarbera came in and stopped 12 of 16. Not exactly world-beating stuff, and when I talked to Marc Crawford today he didn’t seem particularly enamored with either player’s game.
“The goaltending was not good on the penalty kill but it was good 5-on-5,” Crawford said. “Aubin was probably the better of the two. LaBarbera did not have a top-flight night but he still had his moments. We’re going to take every practice and every game into consideration. We’re still going to take as much time as we need with this. It’s not comfortable for anybody, but it is what it is.”
Crawford wouldn’t say who he plans to start in goal Saturday. I asked him if he planned to play the guys he wanted to get a final look at, and he said only that he would put together a “very competitive” team.
Meanwhile, Jonathan Bernier is still hanging around…