Shutout master Jonathan Quick will get a much needed breather Tuesday night against New Jersey. Jonathan Bernier will be between the pipes. Will it have an effect on Quick? We will find out during the team’s three game road trip later this week when the Kings face Dallas, Phoenix, and Colorado.
Quick has not allowed a goal in three games and leads the NHL with a .972 save percentage and has a microscopic .81 GAA. The Kings have started off hot like they do most seasons with a 5-1-1 record even after a brutal travel schedule to start the year. Quick will give up a goal eventually of course, but it is very encouraging to see him so consistent in goal. The team might have had their worries when Drew Doughty went down with an upper body injury against Philadelphia.
Quick should be back in goal Thursday against Dallas, who is coincidentally the last victim of a Quick goose egg. Doughty is expected to return during the road trip as well. Will a brick wall for a goaltender hold up all season and be enough for the Kings to take that next step in the Western Conference and the NHL Playoffs? It may be too early to tell, but the Kings will be a force to reckon with if this play holds up.