Kings GM Dean Lombardi says Jonathan Quick could be out until Christmas

When goaltender Jonathan Quick suffered a groin strain during the Kings’ shootout loss Nov. 12 to the Buffalo Sabres, the original estimate was that he would be sidelined for between four and six weeks. Kings general manager Dean Lombardi more or less confirmed that diagnosis when he told a Canadian radio program Wednesday that Quick would be out for at least another month and might not be back before Christmas at the soonest.

“It’s going to be a while,” Lombardi said. “At least another month. We’re probably looking, if things go according to plan, at Christmas.”

The Kings have won four consecutive games after Ben Scrivens replaced Quick in overtime of the Kings’ loss to the Sabres. Scrivens’ shutout streak ended after 191 minutes, 19 seconds, but the Kings still subdued the Tampa Bay Lightning 5-2 on Tuesday. Scrivens is 5-1-1 overall with a 1.35 goals-against average and a .949 save percentage plus three shutouts. He led the NHL in goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts. Scrivens blanked the Devils 2-0 the last time the teams played, Nov. 15 in Newark, N.J. …



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