Barring some late development, it appears as though
Now this didn’t come from via a pronouncement from Kings Coach
Quick last played on consecutive nights in late December on a Kings' trip to Alberta. They lost, 2-1, to the Flames on Dec. 29 and suffered a shootout loss to the Oilers on Dec. 30.
It makes sense when you add the fact that the Kings are in the tightest of playoff races and that Quick didn't face much work on Monday against the Devils, at least until the third period. He faced 20 shots, in all, and just eight through the first 40 minutes.
The phrase for Quick should be: 73 or bust.
Already, he has played in 63 games and will hit 73 appearances if he plays in every game the rest of the way. His career high is 72 games played, in the 2009-10 season.
Sutter spoke about Kings center Anze Kopitar, who had a three-point night against the Devils, the tight playoff race and the recent recall of center
Kopitar had a goal and two assists on Monday night.
"Kopi's played really well the last three or four games,' Sutter said. "Just his energy level and handling the puck and making plays, getting in the middle of the ice and wanting the puck. All those things the top centermen do."
Kopitar's daughter was born on March 14.