It’s old news that Kings starting goalie Jonathan Quick is out with a Grade 2 groin strain. Quick went down with the injury a week ago in the Kings’ 3-2 shootout loss against the Buffalo Sabres. Quick injured himself during the overtime period of that game and since then, the crease has belonged to back up Ben Scrivens.
Since getting the call, Scrivens has done an outstanding job of protecting the Kings net and keeping them in the race in the Pacific Division. In his four starts since the injury, Scrivens has gone 4-0-0, has posted a 1.00 goals against average and has posted two shutouts. A pretty solid showing by your team’s number two guy.
Now it seems Scrivens’ time in net will be a little longer than originally thought. Earlier today in an interview on the program, Hockey Central @ Noon on SPORTSNET 590, Kings general manager Dean Lombardi announced the Quick will be out for at least another month.
“It’s going to be a while,” Lombardi said. “At least another month. We’re probably looking, if things go according to plan, at Christmas.” – NHL.com
Now lets start off with this, with Scrivens’ showing in his first four games as the Kings’ go-to-guy, he has given the Kings and their fans no reason to worry. But the question now is, can he hold up with the work load that comes as an NHL starter?
Between now and Christmas there is a total of 16 games for the Kings, six of those being on the road with the remaining ten being played at Staples Center. That’s 16 games in 35 days, a somewhat active schedule for any goalie.
Here is something else to ponder, if Scrivens needs some rest of even worse goes down with an injury, is there any chance that Martin Jones could anchor the Kings for any amount of time? That right there is a scary thought.
So let’s hope Scrivens stays healthy, and is up to the challenge. He doesn’t have to play as great as he has been of late, because that is asking too much of any goalie. But just give the Kings a chance to win in most games and I’m sure the Kings and their fans will be happy.