The Kings will go back to Jonathan Quick in goal tonight, but it’s still premature to declare him the Kings’ No. 1 goalie. Erik Ersberg remains a big piece of the puzzle, and Terry Murray said today that the goalies will split the Jan. 20-21 games at Minnesota and Colorado. Of course, there are still three more games (after tonight) before that trip, and Ersberg could very well get a start before then. Here’s what Murray said about the goaltending situation…
Question: Going back to Quick tonight?
MURRAY: “Yeah, he felt good. I talked to him yesterday and he actually feels back to normal, after that sore throat and missing that start in Anaheim. He’s back to full strength and ready to go.”
Question: Will you try to come up with a plan for playing the two goalies, or is it a game-by-game situation?
MURRAY: “It’s hard to come up with a plan and say, `This is the way it will be for the rest of year,’ with them alternating or having one guy play two-to-one, but I will look ahead, through the all-star break. We’re getting into these games on the road…Minnesota and Colorado, they will split those. I’ve already decided that and talked to the coaches about it. Both goalies will keep playing. They are two young players who are important players on our team, and as they develop their games they will continue to play as a tandem.’