Coming into this season, the Los Angeles Kings knew Jonathan Quick was their number one goalie. Jonathan Bernier would serve as their backup assuming Quick didn’t suffer a major injury or setback during the season. Things haven’t exactly worked out that way.
Jonathan Quick has been absolutely outstanding starting in goal for the Kings. Through five starts, he has two shutouts, a 0.97 GAA, a record of 4-0-1, and a save percentage of .967. Those numbers obviously won’t hold up through an entire season, but it’s encouraging nonetheless. Bernier will need to get a start every now and then to prevent fatigue and/or injury.
This could benefit the Kings late in the year should they push ahead in their division or conference late enough in the year where they can maintain a solid playoff position and have the option to rest Quick for the postseason. Bernier is a very capable of holding a part-time starting position in the NHL. With the potential offensive numbers the Kings can post with Anze Kopitar, Mike Richards, and Dustin Brown, Quick and Bernier might see limited work anyhow.
At age 23, Bernier will have plenty of time to shine in net for the Kings. Bernier should get a start in the upcoming week with four games in six days including a back-to-back against Phoenix and Colorado. There is no reason to move him or send him down. Bernier will have to have patience and wait for his time to shine as a full-time starter. For now, Quick is the answer. As the old saying goes: if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.