So, it will be Petr Mrazek versus Jhonas Enroth. Just like everyone thought, right?
The Red Wings did say Thursday that Mrazek would be getting the start on Friday against the Kings. But the Kings rarely reveal any goaltending plans, let alone the day before a game.
Therefore, it’s up to observers to search for clues and there were more than enough Friday morning. Enroth was first off the ice at Joe Louis Arena during the morning skate. No. 1 goalie Jonathan Quick stayed on for quite a bit of extra work and then did a few interviews, not the usual routine for a game day.
Enroth has been impressive in a short period of time for the Kings, going 3-0-0 with a goals-against average of 0.67 and a save percentage of .979. He has allowed two goals in three starts.
There were no other changes anticipated in the lineup for the Kings, who are aiming for their fourth straight victory.
Quick was asked what he thought of the NHL’s decision to change the format of the All-Star game, which will be Jan. 31 at Nashville, turning it into a three-on-three tournament.
“I’m sure it’ll be fun, exciting,” Quick said. “We’ve had a few chances, a few opportunities to play three-on-three. In all three of them, it’s been back and forth, it’s been exciting for the fans. I really don’t know any of the details besides that it’s a three-on-three tournament.”
The Kings have had three overtime games, winning twice in overtime and prevailing in a shootout on Tuesday at Philadelphia.
What have they learned from the first few overtime games?
“Just talking with the guys on the ice after games,” Quick said. “What they think would help, from my standpoint. I don’t want to give away all our tricks here but we have ideas of what we want to do.”