While we’ve known for several days that Jonathan Quick sustained a Grade 2 groin strain on November 12 against the Buffalo Sabres, there hadn’t been a clear timeline released by the team yet concerning how long the goaltender would be on the shelf. That changed today, and the news wasn’t particularly outstanding for either Quick or the Kings.
— Daren Millard (@darenmillard) November 20, 2013
On the surface, this appears to be a debilitating blow to L.A. at this stage of the season. That might not be the case though, as Ben Scrivens has been nothing short of spectacular since filling in for Quick several days ago. He recently pitched a 191 minute, 9 second shutout streak and has yet to lose a game since inheriting the No. 1 gig.
Since coming in cold and taking the shootout loss on the 12th, Scrivens has only allowed four goals in four games. He was named the NHL’s first star of the week last week for his stellar play, and it looks like the Kings are actually in pretty good hands for the time being. While it’s likely that Scrivens will come back down to earth at some point, he only needs to keep his current level of play going for another few weeks.
Christmas may seem like a long way away for L.A. fans and for Quick, but the reality of it is that his total number of missed games shouldn’t get too out of hand as long as there are no setbacks during the rehab. Goalies are pretty tough on their groins, so Quick will need to be 110% before returning, but Scrivens has things under control for the time being.