Jonathan Quick skated and faced shots for the third consecutive day Wednesday at the Kings’ El Segundo practice facility. He moved another step closer to returning to the lineup after suffering a groin strain in a Nov. 12 game against the Buffalo Sabres.
So, I had all this fine stuff saved up for Ben Scrivens’ return to Toronto, but then came word that he wouldn’t start Wednesday’s game against his old team. Martin Jones would be in the lineup, having recorded victories in his first three NHL games, including back-to-back shutouts. Scrivens talked the other day about enjoying his time with the Maple Leafs, but didn’t think he’d grow misty-eyed at the sight of downtown TO when the team bus cruised down the Gardiner Expressway from Pearson International Airport. He also said he was happy to be a King now.
The Kings departed from LAX on Monday and they moved closer to becoming whole again, with defenseman Matt Greene and forward Trevor Lewis inching toward their respective returns from injured reserve. Goaltender Jonathan Quick is expected to be sidelined until Christmas at the earliest, however.
Jonathan Quick walked past Kings coach Darryl Sutter and a group of reporters Friday. Quick nodding at Sutter as he left the Kings’ training facility. He was bundled up against the 55-degree weather in El Segundo, with a jacket and a ballcap. There was no sign of a limp as the walked past.
“There’s no timetable,” Sutter said of Quick’s possible return from a groin strain that’s sidelined him for 11 consecutive games.
The original estimate was Quick would be sidelined from six to eight weeks, which would mean he could be back by Christmas at the earliest.
The Kings announced Monday afternoon on their web site they activated forward Jeff Carter from injured reserve and placed goalie Jonathan Quick on IR. Carter injured his foot Oct. 30. Quick strained his groin in a Nov. 12 game against the Buffalo Sabres and is expected to be sidelined 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.”
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.
The Kings sent goaltender Jonathan Quick back to Southern California to get his groin/hamstring checked out after he was injured in Tuesday’s shootout loss to the Sabres in Buffalo. Quick was hurt in the final minute of overtime and was forced from the game. Ben Scrivens replaced him for the final 32 seconds of OT plus the shootout. The Kings recalled Martin Jones from Manchester (N.H.) of the American Hockey League to serve as Scrivens’ backup. Or perhaps to start one of the remaining three games on their four-game trip. The Kings play the New York Islanders on Thursday, the New Jersey Devils on Friday and the New York Rangers on Sunday before returning home to face the Tampa Bay Lightning next Tuesday.
The Kings rallied to tie the Buffalo Sabres, forcing Tuesday’s game to overtime and then a shootout before falling 3-2. Dwight King continued his fine season by scoring the tying goal. The Kings had two chances with the power play in overtime, but couldn’t score. Goaltender Jonathan Quick was forced from the game with an undisclosed injury late in OT and Ben Scrivens was pressed into a no-win situation. Here are three things about the Kings’ loss to the NHL’s last-place team.
The Kings (11-6-0) left town Monday morning to begin a four-game trip Tuesday against the Sabres in Buffalo. They also face the New York Islanders, New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers. As of Monday, the Rangers were the only team with a winning record. The Kings muzzled the struggling Sabres (3-15-1) during a 2-0 shutout by goaltender Jonathan Quick last Thursday at Staples Center. Quick recorded his first shutout of the season and the 26th of his career, six behind all-time club leader Rogie Vachon.
The Kings’ power play has clicked six times in the last 20 chances with the man-advantage for a 30 percent success rate. Mike Richards has points in four consecutive games (three goals, five assists). He also has 11 points (five goals, six assists) in his last eight games. Jarret Stoll (upper body) has resumed skating, but Mike Carter (foot) isn’t expected to return to the ice any time soon. In addition, Kyle Clifford suffered a head injury in the Kings’ victory Saturday over the Vancouver Canucks. The Sabres, last in the NHL, are winless at home this season (0-8-1).