Jonathan Quick was forced to leave in overtime on Tuesday as the Los Angeles Kings were defeated by the Buffalo Sabres. It appeared that some sort of groin pull caused this, and the Kings have given an update on their No. 1 goaltender’s situation. The prognoses is not good for L.A. or Quick.
Jonathan Quick has a grade two groin strain: http://t.co/fDEP3aAsUH
— Jon Rosen (@lakingsinsider) November 14, 2013
Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times had more details on the injury:
Quick’s injury is confined to the groin. There were some concerns the hamstring was an issue as well. Surgery will not be required. There is no fixed timetable with these injuries but the best early estimate, with an emphasis on the word estimate, would be in the neighborhood of four to six weeks.
Suddenly Ben Scrivens holds L.A.’s playoff hopes in his hands, as he’s the No. 1 guy with Quick on the shelf. The netminder came over from the Toronto Maple Leafs in the Jonathan Bernier trade, and will now play a massive role in net for the Kings.
To this point, Scrivens has seen very limited action for L.A. He’s stuck behind one of the most workhorse-like goalies in the NHL in Quick, but now he’ll have a chance to show the organization what he can do when given a workload. Scrivens has appeared in five contests this season, and sports a 1.89 GAA.
Of course, he’s only played 159 minute all together (Quick has played 945) so that number is a bit inflated. It’ll be interesting to see if the Kings roll with Scrivens or if they’ll knock on some doors for netminding help. We’ve already seen the Nashville Predators and Carolina Hurricanes sink like stones without their top-end No. 1 goalies, and L.A. might have learned something while watching those two teams tank out.