The good times came to a screeching halt when the Kings lost to the Dallas Stars 5-2 on Thursday, with coach Darryl Sutter unhappy with their goaltending and defensive play. The Kings had won six in a row at Staples Center before falling with a thud to the Stars.
Jonathan Quick is back in net for the Kings against the Calgary Flames after a lackluster performance that had Sutter in a critical mood after the loss to the Stars. Quick went into Saturday’s game with a 7-7-2 record, a 2.59 goals-against average and a .895 save percentage.
Sutter wants Quick’s save percentage, in particular, to improve.
Jonathan Bernier, Quick’s backup, is 5-1-0 with a 1.92 goals-against average and a .916 save percentage. Quick hasn’t been as sharp as Bernier to start the season and hasn’t been anywhere close to as effective as he was while winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP last spring.
Jeff Carter went into Saturday’s game with 12 goals in as many games and a team-leading 16 overall for the Kings. Anze Kopitar led them with 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists), and Mike Richards had 17 points (six goals, 11 assists).
The Flames lost the first game of their three-game Southern California odyssey Friday to the Ducks in Anaheim by a deceiving 4-0 score. The Flames probably deserved better than to be shut out, but couldn’t get any of their 29 shots past Ducks goalie Viktor Fasth.
The Kings and Flames play again Monday at Staples Center.