Quick played at Dallas last Saturday before backing up Martin Jones in a shootout loss at Nashville on Tuesday and Jones' 28-save shutout at Minnesota on Wednesday. Quick is expected to start against the
"You always want to play but I thought it was good for the team," Quick said Friday. "Joner played well and that's good for him. We get three out of the four points in two pretty tough buildings. That was important."
Quick started 18 of the Kings' first 21 games. His .932 save percentage ranked third in the
"I think we've been lucky. We've been home a lot. Compared to the rest of the league, we've probably played the least amount of road games," Quick said. "It's always good as far as the wear and tear on your body and sleeping in your own bed and not having to travel as much. But it also means we're going to have a good amount of travel coming up.
"I think Darryl's trying to do what he can to keep everybody in rhythm and rested as well as possible. I think he's doing a good job of that."
Defenseman Alec Martinez, who broke his left pinkie finger Nov. 13 and had surgery to repair the damage, fully participated in the team's up-tempo practice Friday. However, it's likely he will sit again Saturday and return Tuesday against the
"He's starting to shoot. The next part is being able to shoot it with some power," Sutter said. "It's almost got to be 100%. If you break the wound then you're waiting for it to heal again."
Martinez said he has been shooting for a few days. "I feel good. Getting better every day. That's all I can really ask for," he said.
But he wouldn't project a return date. "Hopefully soon," he said. "Just got to let the human body do its thing, let it heal."
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