Coming into his Mar. 22 start against the Florida Panthers, Jonathan Quick sat on a 22-15-2 record through the 2013-14 season with his team, the Los Angeles Kings. Through those 39 games, Quick recorded a stat-line of .915 SV percent, 2.07 GAA. Those stats are worthy of nothing but praise for the net-minder.
By no big surprise, Quick continued his success, as he recorded a 4-0 shutout victory over the Panthers. In a tight playoff race, the two points secured by Quick and his Kings are greatly needed. This simply proves that, even in times of great favoritism, the Kings don’t take any opponent easily and work for their standings points.
Throughout the game, Quick showed a great skill-set, including patience, glove speed and quick decision making. These are three skills the Kings will need to see from Quick on a consistent basis if they wish to have any form of success in the playoffs.
In addition to the strong performance in goal, the Kings gave a strong performance on defense. Their defense was able to shut down the Panthers throughout the game, as they proved to be the better team on the ice.
Having won only two of their last five, the Kings look to use this victory as a stepping stone back in the right direction as the season dwindles down. With a reasonable number of favorable match ups left in the season, the Kings will need to do just that if they have any intention of beginning the playoffs above Wild Card status.
For the Kings, the next few weeks will prove to be pivotal. Kings fans should keep their eyes peeled and their fingers crossed in hopes that Quick and his Kings will earn a strong starting position in the opening round of the postseason and beyond.