Jonathan Quick diagnosed with Grade 2 groin strain after MRI
Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick could miss a couple of weeks after an MRI showed he has a Grade 2 groin strain.
Quick: Grade 2 groin strain. Had MRI last night.— Jon Rosen (@lakingsinsider) November 14, 2013
The Kings didn't list a timetable for a return but it will be a couple of weeks at minimum. Here are a couple of details about a Grade 2 groin strain from coreperformance.com:
A moderate (Grade 2) sprain causes moderate discomfort and limits or prevents running and jumping.
Use symptoms (or the lack of symptoms) to determine your comeback timetable, not a certain number of days or weeks. Generally, speaking, Grade 1 symptoms usually disappear within a week; Grade 2 symptoms last 2-3 weeks.
Obviously as a goaltender, this an injury that's even tougher than other players to overcome given the lower-body flexibility today's goaltending style requires. It's important too that like a concussion, players suffering from groin injuries don't come back too quickly because that can lead to big setbacks.
This is going to be a critical stretch for the Kings without Quick. As it stands they are actually the ninth team in the West at the moment and fifth in the Pacific Division, hands down the toughest division in hockey this season. It figures to remain brutally competitive from start to finish so they can't afford to fall behind at this point (or any point) of the season.
The starting duties will be turned over to backup Ben Scrivens, who came to LA this summer in exchange for former backup Jonathan Bernier. He has appeared in five games this season, stopping 61 of 66 shots against this season. Last season in Toronto he played in 20 games, posting a 7-9-0 record with a .915 save percentage and a 2.69 goals against average. His career numbers aren't bad but he has never been asked to carry the load like he will be asked to do in the coming weeks.
While secondary to the Kings needs, the impact this has on the Olympics is important to keep in mind, too. The Americans have a huge battle for not only the starting spot in Sochi but to see which three goalies are going to make it. Quick has been presumed to be on the team all along and he shouldn't miss a ton of time here but still it could hurt him in the race, especially since Ben Bishop has entered the conversation with his excellent play along with 2010 starter Ryan Miller to go with Craig Anderson, Cory Schneider and Jimmy Howard.
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