After a slow start to their defense of the first Stanley Cup title in the history of their franchise, the Los Angeles Kings have recovered and morphed back into one of the most dangerous teams in the Western Conference.
Despite the fact that they’ve looked very strong for the better part of the past couple of months, there’s still the question of what is going on between the pipes. Jonathan Quick has struggled quite a bit after winning the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP last season.
Fresh off of a new 10-year contract and back surgery, Quick has actually been outperformed by his backup, Jonathan Bernier. While there will be no sort of goalie controversy, as money absolutely talks, it’s certainly worth wondering whether or not Quick will find his game in time for the postseason.
We’ve seen some brilliance from Quick this year and we’ve also seen the complete opposite end of the spectrum. He’s coming off of one of his worst performances of the season, allowing five goals on 31 shots to the Dallas Stars earlier this week. Not that the team in front of him helped him out too much.
The offseason back surgery and lack of action during the lockout has certainly had a larger effect on Quick than many realized. He hasn’t had much time to stop and take a break, which has impacted his performance, without a doubt. Whether or not he can recover completely in time for the postseason remains to be seen.
It might be worth it for the Kings to give Bernier a little more action down the stretch. Perhaps a bit more rest here in the final eight games of the season would do Quick some good for when the real season begins in a couple of weeks.