LaBarbera’s injury is in the rib cartilage. There is no fracture. He was scheduled to be looked at by a chest specialist today. Crawford wouldn’t give a timetable on his return. It sounds like it will be at least a few games.
Here’s what Crawford had to say: “He is not on injured reserve yet. I think we’ll know more here seeing how he reacts. I’ve had that injury and it’s painful. It’s tough to breathe and tough to move. Right now, he’s not able to do anything until the pain subsides. I expect he’ll be out a little bit of time, just how long I’m not prepared to say right now. We’re hoping Jason is not going to be long and that he will heal quickly.”
Aubin will start tonight and the plan is for him to be the regular starter until LaBarbera returns. Jonathan Quick probably will only see action if LaBarbera is out longer than expected or perhaps if Aubin really struggles (or, of course, gets hurt).
“J-S is going to be the guy that’s going to play,” Crawford said. “We have every confidence that he’ll play well. He’s shown before he’s able to get on a roll and carry a team like he did in Toronto. That’s what we’re looking for. Jonathan has to be prepared to play, but J-S is the one who is going to get the opportunity.”