Their All-Star goaltender,
Though the official news was lacking in specifics, this goes well beyond an ordinary setback for the Kings. The most serious in-season injury previously sustained by Quick came in the 2013-14 season, when he suffered a Grade 2 groin strain at Buffalo and missed nearly two months.
It is not clear how this particular injury compares. One Kings executive said that additional consultations with the doctors are still to come regarding a plan for rehabilitation.
When Quick was out for nearly two months, the Kings went 14-7-3 without him, sparked by backups
"Jonathan's a special player," Sutter said. "So you just don't replace that. It's no different than any other star player out of your lineup. You don't just replace or expect somebody to play the same way or do the same things.
"But we also know that we are quite capable at that position."
Instead of Scrivens and Jones, the veteran duo of
Zatkoff, signed as a free agent on July 1, was drafted by the Kings but had been with the
He was pressed into relief duty in the playoffs during the Penguins’ run to the
This time, Zatkoff knew something was up after the first period when Quick told him to start stretching. For Quick to come out of a game is no small thing. "He's a warrior," Zatkoff said.
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