Bernier’s return on the horizon?
The sit-and-wait game continues for backup goalie Jonathan Bernier, who has looked good in practice of late but is sitting behind Jonathan Quick. Quick has allowed two or fewer goals in five consecutive games, and will get the start tomorrow night when the Kings host Minnesota. Bernier? The Kings have back-to-back games next weekend, at Nashville and Chicago, and that would normally be a near-automatic scenario for a backup to get a game. Will Terry Murray make that call? He seemed to be leaning in that direction today, but didn’t totally commit to playing Bernier during the upcoming five-game road trip.
MURRAY: “He’s very close to getting in. He has really worked at his game. He’s totally focused. I know it’s difficult. It’s a big adjustment for him, being that backup guy. He has been the primary goaltender everywhere he has been. I have him right on the foremost fingertip here, to point to and say, `You’re playing tonight.’ It’s close.”