Seriously, this guy is playing some seriously good hockey lately. And let’s be honest, if the recent results are any indication, maybe the Kings should hope to draw the Red Wings in round 1 of the playoffs. If the season ended today, the Kings would draw the Red Wings, and they’d play the first couple games in Detroit. That’s good news for Quick, all things considered. Let’s take a look at his games against Detroit:
December 4th (Home) – Win, 2 goals allowed, .931 save percentage
December 13th (Away) – Win, 0 goals allowed, 1.000 save percentage
February 28th (Home) – Loss, 6 goals allowed, .750 save percentage
March 9th (Away) – Win, 1 goal allowed, .966 save percentage
Leaving aside one train wreck of a game in February, Quick has been lights out against the Red Wings. Three games, three goals against, 106 saves… they’re nice numbers, and a 3-1 team record isn’t too shabby either.
I’ve said it before, and I’ll surely say it again. The fact that Kings fans don’t realistically have to worry about their goaltending on a night to night basis is a huge relief, and a very odd feeling. It’s been years since that has been the case, but despite the fact that occassionally our keepers have a bad game, Quick and Bernier are both solid players who have been putting up nice numbers. Interesting analysis of their numbers can be found over at Jewels from the Crown if you’re so inclined.
In all, despite the insanity of the Western Conference, where it seems like a win doesn’t let you climb the standings, and a loss drops you several places, the Kings are in fairly good shape. They’ll need to keep winning, but they are playing like that’s a real possibility.
Who do you want to see the Kings meet in (knock on wood) the playoffs?