LA Kings: Team’s three most improved players in 2021

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3. Cal Petersen

Cal Petersen showed promise in sporadic playing time over the last two years, but this year he’s really been making the most of his first extended NHL opportunity. Petersen’s .931 save percentage is the third-best among goalies who’ve made at least nine starts this season.

The healthy competition he’s providing seems like it may even be starting to raise Jonathan Quick‘s play. With Quick struggling and Petersen impressing, Petersen was given three straight starts over the veteran earlier this month. Quick has made three starts since then, and he has two shutouts while stopping 79-of-81 shots.