According to Terry Murray, Jonathan Bernier will get his second start in the first five games when the Kings take on the Carolina Hurricanes tomorrow. It’s an interesting dispersal of games, since Jonathan Quick will be anything but tired after having a solid four days off between games. That said, the Kings have a fairly compressed schedule coming up with seven games over the next 11 days, and Murray clearly wants to keep Quick fresh for the “important games.”
The way I looked at it, in the early part, when I penciled these games in on the goaltending side of it, is that I look at our No. 1 goaltender, Quick, being the goalies that I want to have in division games.
It’s a reasonable position for Murray to take, and a great opportunity for Bernier to continue to demonstrate strong play. So far Bernier is the only goaltender to have recorded a loss, and certainly that will be something that grates on him personally, despite the fact that his game play was solid, if not spectacular, against the Flames.
As the season continues, the ability to slot Bernier into the occassional game will become increasingly important in keeping Quick at the top of his game, as well as ensuring enough gameplay to keep Bernier sharp in case he is needed. In addition, if Quick can continue his strong play, only a strict schedule will ensure that Bernier gets into games and is able to continue his development.
Think Carolina is a good game to get Quick into?