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Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Ben Scrivens is about to get more work in the Los Angeles Kings' crease.
The club confirmed on Wednesday what GM Dean Lombardi revealed on a Toronto- based radio program, that he expects starting goaltender and 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy winner Jonathan Quick to be on the sidelines for at least another month.
Since Quick went down with a Grade 2 groin strain suffered during overtime of a 3-2 shootout loss in Buffalo on Nov. 12, Scrivens has filled in admirably, going 4-0-0 with a 1.00 goals-against average, .963 save percentage and back- to-back shutouts. Included in that run was a scoreless string lasting 191 minutes and 19 seconds.
Having gone 6-0-1 in its last seven games despite additional losses of forward Jeff Carter to a broken foot and defenseman Matt Greene to an upper-body injury, Los Angeles is 15-6-1 on the season and currently holds fourth place in a competitive Pacific Division.
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Uniondale, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick suffered a grade-2 groin strain and a timetable for his return to the club is unknown.
Quick was forced to exit in overtime of Tuesday's 3-2 shootout loss in Buffalo, and the club sent him back to southern California on Wednesday to have a lower-body injury checked out by team doctors. An MRI exam then revealed the damage.
Kings head coach Darryl Sutter said following a morning practice session that Quick can start rehab immediately. The 27-year-old has posted a 10-5-0 record, 2.35 goals-against average, .905 save percentage and one shutout in 16 games this season.
Los Angeles recalled goaltender Martin Jones from Manchester of the American Hockey League to serve as backup to Ben Scrivens.
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Kings sent goaltender Jonathan Quick back to southern California to have a lower-body injury checked out by team doctors.
Kings head coach Darryl Sutter confirmed Wednesday that Quick, who exited in overtime of Tuesday's 3-2 shootout loss in Buffalo, has some sort of issue with his groin or hamstring muscle which would have prevented him from playing again on the club's current four-game road trip.
The 27-year-old posted a 10-5-0 record, 2.35 goals-against average, .905 save percentage and one shutout in 16 games this season.
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Kings placed forward Jeff Carter on injured reserve Saturday.
The move, which is retroactive to Oct. 30, is due to an unspecified lower-body injury.
Carter has totaled nine points (5G, 4A) in 14 games this season for the Kings.
Los Angeles also recalled a pair of players from Ontario of the ECHL, forwards Tyler Toffoli and Linden Vey. Both were assigned from Manchester of the AHL on Friday.
Before his demotion, Toffoli led the Monarchs with seven goals and 12 points, while Vey has totaled 11 points thanks to eight assists.
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Jeff Carter netted the game-winner 28 seconds into overtime to give the Los Angeles Kings a 4-3 win over the Ottawa Senators on Wednesday.
Mike Richards controlled the puck at the point and ripped a shot on goal. Carter was there to redirect the disc for the game-winning tally.
Carter finished with two goals and Dustin Brown add a pair of goals for the Kings, who had dropped back-to-back games entering the contest. Jonathan Quick stopped 22 shots in the victory.
"Obviously it wasn't as clean as we wanted, but we got the job done," Brown said. "It's important for us to get these two points, and now we have to focus on the next two."
Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Bobby Ryan and Milan Michalek scored one goal apiece for the Senators, who fell to 1-0-2 on the season.
Craig Anderson made 28 saves in the setback.
Brown scored his first goal of the season 6:39 into the game. After LA killed off a power play, Brown exited the box, corralled a loose puck and deposited it into the back of the net.
Carter added a goal six minutes later on the power play. After a series of shots were turned away by Anderson, Carter handled a loose puck and sent it into the net for an early 2-0 advantage.
Brown's power play tally with 2:05 left in the opening frame gave the Kings a 3-0 lead. Carter skated in from the left boards and centered the puck to Brown just outside the crease, and LA's captain pounded it home.
Pageau took a pass from Erik Condra as he crashed the net and fired a slap shot past Quick 6:06 into the second to make it a 3-1 game.
Ryan's power play marker early in the third cut the Sens deficit to one goal. Ryan took an Erik Karlsson pass on the right wing, skated in and fired a snap shot past Quick for his first goal of the season.
Michalek tied the game with just under 4 1/2 minutes remaining. Michalek corralled a loose puck in front of the net and quickly unleashed a wrister over Quick's shoulder to tie the game.
Ottawa had a chance to take the lead a minute later, but Quick made two diving saves to keep the tie intact.
"I think it's great anytime you go on the road and get a point," Sens head coach Paul MacLean said. "I think we should be pretty pleased with what we're doing."
Game Notes: Carter has scored in three of the first four games of the season for LA ... The Kings, who were 3-for-10 on the power play entering the game, went 2-for-6 and killed off three of Ottawa's four power-play chances ... The Kings are 42-9-10 all-time when Richards records a point. He had two assists on Wednesday ... Dan Carcillo made his debut with the Kings ... Joe Corvo had a pair of assist for Ottawa.
St. Paul, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Jeff Carter tied the game late in the third period and beat Niklas Backstrom again in the shootout to lift the Los Angeles Kings to a 3-2 win over the Minnesota Wild on Thursday in the season opener for both teams.
Drew Doughty also scored in regulation for the Kings and Jonathan Quick had 27 saves. Quick stopped both Minnesota skaters in the shootout, including a poke check on Mikko Koivu's try.
Anze Kopitar and then Carter beat Backstrom to the stick side in the shootout as the Kings became the first team to beat the Wild in their first true home game of the season.
The Wild had been 11-0-0 with one tie in home openers in Minnesota.
Matt Cooke scored 64 seconds into his Wild debut and Jonas Brodin also had a goal. Backstrom gave up two goals on 18 shots, including Carter's backhand try on a rebound with 6:46 left in regulation.
Following Carter's goal, the Kings killed off a Minnesota power play after Willie Mitchell went off for interference with 3:38 left in regulation.
Cooke, with a seemingly open net, looked like he had it won but Kings center Trevor Lewis dropped to his knees without a stick and made a save during a flurry that had Quick out of position.
The Kings had the only shot on net in overtime.
Earlier, Cooke deflected the puck in with his foot after it was sent on net by Kyle Brodziak from the low left side, giving the Wild a 1-0 lead.
Doughty's one-timer on the power play from the high left side tied the game for LA at the 7:40 mark, but Brodin put the Wild back on top with 2:48 left in the first on a goal from the slot, also on the power play.
Game Notes: The Wild tied the Flyers in their 2000 home opener and they lost to the Hurricanes as the designated home team in 2010's season opener in Finland ... The Kings remain on the road to play Winnipeg on Friday, then return to LA for their home opener Monday against the Rangers ... The Wild remain at home to play the Ducks on Saturday.
(SportsNetwork.com) - While returning to the playoffs for the first time in five years was a big step forward last season for the Minnesota Wild, a loss in the conference finals wasn't good enough for the Los Angeles Kings.
The Kings and Wild both look to take a step forward on Thursday night as they open their 2013-14 campaign in Minnesota.
Los Angeles entered the lockout-shortened campaign off its first ever Stanley Cup championship and stretched its string of postseason appearances to four straight after a second-place finish in the Pacific Division. That did put the Kings on the road to begin the playoffs and they knocked off the St. Louis Blues and San Jose Sharks in six and seven games, respectively, before falling to the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference finals.
The Kings bowed out with a double-overtime loss in Game 5.
"Quite honest, our regular season last year was a better season than the team that won the Stanley Cup. So it means our young guys are getting better. Our nucleus is getting better," Kings head coach Darryl Sutter told Lakingsinsider.com.
Not surprisingly, Los Angeles returns a bulk of its roster from last season. It is led up front by leading scorer from a season ago Anze Kopitar (42) as well as leading goal-scorer Jeff Carter, who had 26 goals in 48 games.
Justin Williams, Mike Richards and captain Dustin Brown are also key forwards who return, though Brown was slowed in the preseason by a hamstring injury suffered on the first day of training camp. He is expected to play tonight, but could see a reduced role until he gets into game shape.
The Kings have a solid defensive grouping led by Drew Doughty and Slava Voynov and are expected to have Willie Mitchell available after he missed all of last season due to a knee injury.
However, blueliners Jake Muzzin (sprained knee) and Robyn Regehr (elbow surgery) are questionable.
Former Conn Smythe Trophy winner Jonathan Quick is a big strength to the Kings' defense and went 18-13-4 with a 2.45 goals against average and .902 save percentage. He posted a 1.86 GAA, .934 save percentage and three shutouts in last season's playoffs.
Quick should get the start tonight for the Kings, who play six of their first eight on the road. That includes Thursday's tough test at the Xcel Energy Center, where the Wild have never lost a home opener. They have won 11 straight since a tie in their first ever home opener in the building on Oct. 11, 2000.
The Wild showed a lot of improvement a season ago after breaking the bank to sign forward Zach Parise and defenseman Ryan Suter to massive deals, earning the eighth seed in the postseason for their first playoff berth since 2008.
Minnesota did lose in five games to Chicago in the opening round, held to a pair of goals or less in all four losses.
The Wild had just four players reach double-digit figures in goals last year, led by Parise's 18. Minnesota was tied for 22nd with 2.46 goals per game, negating a solid defense that finished in a tie for 15th with 2.60 goals allowed per game.
The club shook things up by trading the physical Cal Clutterbuck and a draft pick to the New York Islanders for 21-year-old Swiss Nino Niederreiter, the fifth overall pick of the 2010 draft.
"I think the biggest thing for us is we want to get better offensively," said Wild head coach Mike Yeo. "That's been well documented. We've talked about it an awful lot, but our bread and butter still has to be that we have to be a great defensive team. That challenge for us is to build on that offensive part without taking away from the defensive part."
The Wild also added a pair of veterans, signing forward Matt Cooke and defenseman Keith Ballard.
Minnesota plays four of its first five at home and returns Niklas Backstrom in net for his eighth season. The 35-year-old was 24-15-3 with a 2.48 GAA and .909 save percentage in 42 games a season ago, but was unable to play versus Chicago in the postseason after suffering an injury during warmups prior to Game 1.
The Wild won two of three over the Kings a season ago, with both victories coming in Minnesota.