Jonathan Quick injured his groin on Opening Night and didn't return until Feb. 25. The veteran was limited to just 17 games, but his .917 save percentage and 2.26 GAA were right in line with his .917 and 2.18 marks over the previous three campaigns. Additionally, Quick's .927 save percentage at five-on-five last year is further assurance that 31-year-old netminder can turn in another solid fantasy showing in 2017-18. The Kings will lean on their No. 1 goalie, and Quick projects to approach 65 starts, so there is a lot of value in his volume and reliability. It's worth noting that the Kings have a number of go-to skaters in decline and weak lineup depth in front of Quick. Los Angeles still plays a sound possession game, though, which should mitigate the risk of an underwhelming supporting cast.
Quick stopped nine of the 11 shots he faced Saturday against Vancouver. The veteran backstop only played two periods, and his mediocre performance shouldn't be a gauge for his season to come. Quick is expected to enter the season as the Kings' starter after spending multiple weeks nursing a groin injury in the 2016-17 season. Los Angeles plays its next preseason contest Monday against the Coyotes, and Quick is expected to see similar minutes.
Quick is on the Kings' protected list, John Hoven of Sirius XM reports. This was to be expected as Quick is the only goaltender on the Kings' roster with serious NHL experience, now that Ben Bishop is off to Dallas. The 31-year-old will be the centerpiece of Los Angeles if it wants to play playoff hockey again next season. Quick posted a .917 save percentage coupled with a 2.26 GAA in an injury-plagued 17-game season.
Quick allowed four goals on only 24 shots in a 4-3 overtime loss to the Ducks on Sunday. Perhaps this is a fitting end to a very frustrating season for Quick. He spent a vast majority of the 2016-17 injured, playing in just 17 games. Quick posted pretty healthy numbers -- including a .917 save percentage and GAA of 2.26 -- but he wasn't able to win many games, going 8-5-2. A fully healthy season in 2017-18 will be key for Quick to bounce back to elite status in 2017-18.
Quick will start Sunday against the Ducks, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports. Quick will be making his 17th and final appearance of the 2016-17 season against the Kings' crosstown rival. He's been limited to so few games thanks to a groin injury that spanned 59 contests, so the fact that the American netminder has been limited to just eight wins shouldn't come as too much of a surprise. He'll be opposed by Jonathan Bernier in the Anaheim crease.
Quick was the winner in a 3-2 overtime game Saturday against Chicago. He made 25 saves. Quick has been super sharp since his return, allowing more than two goals just twice in his 16 starts. Still, he was unable to carry his Kings to the postseason, as they just stopped scoring as the season dragged on. Quick will be as good as gold come October.
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