Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick suffered a strained groin during a 3-2 shootout loss Tuesday to the Buffalo Sabres, according to reports from the team’s morning skate Thursday in Uniondale, N.Y. The Los Angeles Times reported an MRI exam revealed the injury was confined to Quick’s groin and that his hamstring was not hurt. Surgery is not required, but Quick could be sidelined for up to six weeks.
Quick was injured making a save late in overtime Tuesday and was forced from the game. Ben Scrivens replaced Quick, the 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the MVP of the playoffs. He is scheduled to do the same Thursday night against the New York Islanders. Martin Jones was recalled from Manchester (N.H.) of the American Hockey League on Wednesday to serve as Scrivens’ backup.
“We’re obviously confident in him,” Kings coach Darryl Sutter told reporters, referring to Scrivens. “We haven’t seen him play that much. His start on the road this year was a shutout in Florida. He went in three times and played really well for us off the bench. So, we’re looking forward to seeing him.”
In addition to Quick, the Kings also will be without injured forwards Jeff Carter (broken foot) and Jarret Stoll (upper body) and defenseman Matt Greene (upper body) when they face the Islanders on Thursday night.