The Kings took their time with goaltender Jonathan Quick after he underwent offseason wrist surgery. Quick didn’t play in the Kings’ first four exhibition games before playing in their final three during a trip to San Jose, Colorado Springs and Las Vegas. He’s expected to be in goal for Wednesday’s season-opener Wednesday against the Sharks.
“I don’t think it was progress,” Kings coach Darryl Sutter said of Quick’s progress from the start of training camp last month. “I think he was good from the start and our plan was exactly what happened. He wanted to play the whole second game in Colorado Springs and I just thought with the (high) altitude and all that, that I was just more concerned with the third period. So, then he was fine with that, and he was good from the start.”
There is no timetable for Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick’s exhibition debut, at least not one for public consumption. Quick, coach Darryl Sutter and the team’s medical staff will determine when Quick’s surgically-repaired wrist is sound enough for him to play.
“We’ve got a lot of minds put together trying to figure it out,” Quick said. “We’ll figure it out. We’ve got a little time. Obviously, it’s going to happen in a hurry. I’ll come in and keep working every day and keep getting better like I have been and, hopefully, I can get a couple of games in.”
Quick played only 49 games last season because of a nagging groin injury, well down from a career-high of 72 set during the 2009-10 season. He said he hadn’t thought much about decreasing his workload for the coming season, leaving the decisions up to the coaching staff.
“You love playing games, so you never voluntarily ask for games off,” Quick said. “I think the coaching staff has a good feel for goaltenders and the team and what’s best for them. They run the ship and we just go to work. That’s it.
“They tell me to take a day off, I take a day off. They tell me I’m going, I’m going. You want to be involved. You want to be a part of it. You work so hard all summer to play in those games, you want to try to get in there and be a difference-maker for the team.
“So, you want to be a part of it, obviously. I don’t have a number in my head that I want or anything like that.”
Here is the best of the best writing on the Kings from the opening weekend of training camp, starting with Los Angeles News Groups columnist Mark Whicker’s look at Stanley Cup playoffs hero Alec Martinez: http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20140920/alec-martinezs-journey-with-los-angeles-kings-becomes-legendary
My look at the moves the Kings’ rivals in the West made during the summer: http://www.dailynews.com/sports/20140919/anaheim-ducks-the-west-bulk-up-to-challenge-los-angeles-kings
Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times takes a look at defenseman Drew Doughty and his goal of winning the Norris Trophy here: http://www.latimes.com/sports/kings/la-sp-kings-drew-doughty-20140920-story.html
Dillman also catches up with captain Dustin Brown here: http://www.latimes.com/sports/kings/la-sp-dustin-brown-kings-20140922-story.html
In the Orange County, er, Los Angeles Register, Rich Hammond previews the Kings’ No. 1 goal in Monday’s split-squad exhibitions with the Arizona Coyotes: http://www.ocregister.com/articles/kings-635851-monday-home.html
Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick underwent wrist surgery Tuesday and could be sidelined for between 10 and 12 weeks, casting doubt on his availability for the start of training camp in September. The Kings’ first exhibition game is scheduled for Sept. 22, a pair of split-squad games against the Arizona (formerly Phoenix) Coyotes. Quick was injured during the Kings’ second-round playoff series against the Ducks. Greg Wyshynski of the Puck Daddy blog first reported the surgery.
Jonathan Quick’s penalty-shot save on Corey Perry in Game 7 vs. the Ducks, May 16: The Kings took an early 2-0 lead, but Perry was awarded a penalty shot and as the Honda Center crowd roared, it would take only a flick of the wrist for the Ducks to get back into the game. Quick denied Perry, however. The Kings’ Mike Richards scored a little more than a minute later and Game 7 was all but history. Quick wasn’t as sharp as he was during the Kings’ run to the Cup in 2012, but he made some huge saves when called upon in ’14. This was one of the biggest.
Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick has a fan in his Rangers counterpart, Henrik Lundqvist. Quick has won the individual battle between the standout goalies, with the Kings holding a commanding 3-0 lead in the series, after a shutout in Game 3.
“He made some unreal saves (Monday),” Lundqvist said Tuesday of Quick, who stopped all 32 shots he faced in Game 3. “I think for us to beat them, obviously, I have to play well. But in the first two games, we’re right there scoring goals. I think the big thing is to have a lot of traffic and get in front of him.
“I think L.A., they’re really good. They have one or two guys going to the net all the time. I think we did it really well in L.A. Come in front, get to loose pucks. That’s something we are going to have to try to do it. But he’s a really good goalie. I’m going to need my best to try to match that.”
Jonathan Quick’s record was a sparkling 16-4 when the Kings won the Stanley Cup championship in 2012. His goals-against average was a puny 1.41. His save percentage was a remarkable .946 and he recorded three shutouts. Was it any wonder he was named the Conn Smythe Trophy winner as the MVP of the playoffs?
Quick’s record going into his second Stanley Cup Final appearance was a less-than-awe-inspiring 12-9. His goals-against average was a pedestrian 2.86. His save percentage was a lackluster .906 and he had one shutout.
Concerned? No, the Kings weren’t concerned going into Game 1.
“He’s been fabulous,” Kings coach Darryl Sutter said after the team’s morning skate. “Not looking at this year’s playoffs, I look at the whole body of work. I tell Jonathan all the time. You pick a goalie in one games. I want Jonathan Quick.”
Or as center Anze Kopitar said after the Kings eliminated the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 7 of the Western Conference finals Sunday, “He’s there when we need him. I think it was about time we chipped in and saved his (butt) for a little bit, or for once. Plenty of times he’s saved our (butt).”
Jonathan Quick hasn’t carried the Kings to the Stanley Cup Final in the same manner he did during their championship run in 2012, when it seemed he could do no wrong. He ended up winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs. Quick is 12-9 with a 2.86 goals-against average and a rather ho-hum .906 save percentage. However, he is 3-0 in three Game 7 victories, all on the road, and that is remarkable. New York’s Henrik Lundqvist is playing in the Final for the first time. He is 12-7 with a 2.03 goals-against average and a .928 save percentage. Each goalie has one shutout.
Here’s what Darryl Sutter had to say when asked Monday if the Kings’ lacked the same emotion in Game 1 of their series against the Chicago Blackhawks that they showed in victories over the Sharks and Ducks in the first two rounds:
“Yesterday? I thought we played a hell of a game. … There was one scrum. The one scrum there was, if we were moaning about calls today, the one scrum there was that we got called on, too bad they couldn’t review it.”
Sutter referred to the cluster in front of the net of Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick, which led to Alec Martinez’s shove of the Blackhawks’ Brandon Bollig, which resulted in a roughing penalty and then a power-play goal for Brandon Saad.
Later, Sutter was asked to clarify whether he believed Bollig took a dive.
“No,” Sutter said.