The NHL’s marketing department chooses Three Stars for the entire league, every week. It amounts to a metaphorical pat on the back for the players, whose performances typically have meaningful implications for their respective teams.
Because of the all-star break, last week consisted of three days’ worth of actual games, 23 games total. A small sample size didn’t stop the NHL from handing out three stars, however, and Jonathan Quick is number two. From the league’s press release:
Quick registered a pair of victories heading into the All-Star break, helping the Kings (27-22-1) gain valuable points and momentum in the tight race for playoff berths in the Western Conference. Quick began the week by making 34 saves in a 2-0 victory over the Boston Bruins Jan. 24, collecting his career-high fifth shutout of the season. He then turned aside 22 of 24 shots through overtime and stopped all four shootout attempts as the Kings defeated the San Jose Sharks 3-2 Jan. 26. Quick improved to 5-0 in shootouts this season, stopping 87% of attempts. The 25-year-old Milford, Conn. native ranks third among NHL goaltenders in goals-against average (2.15) and tied for third in shutouts (five).
Quick’s reward for his exploits is a day off. Jonathan Bernier is expected to make his first career start against the Minnesota Wild tonight in St. Paul (expected temperature: -1F). The Kings are going to Edmonton (expected temperature: 27F) on Wednesday, where Quick figures to get the start. Quick has a 4-0-2 record with a 1.77 goals-against average and .930 save percentage in six career games against the Oilers.