Jonathan Quick will make his eighth consecutive start on Thursday when the Kings play St. Louis. Previous to that, Quick had not played in more than three consecutive games this season. Of course, Terry Murray already acknowledged that he has erased his preseason goalie plan, the one that limited Quick to 57 games and had backup Jonathan Bernier playing once a week. Bernier is almost certain to see some action during this tough road trip, but asked whether he would start Quick on Thursday, Murray said with a laugh, “It’s pretty tough to not go back to him after that performance last night.”

Of course, that’s a reference to Quick’s 51-save shutout, which, at the risk of sounding hyperbolic, was truly a remarkable performance. Today, I asked Murray if he had any further thoughts on Quick’s effort after reviewing the game video…

MURRAY: “He was totally focused on the game. He just was so composed and read the play. They play east-west hockey, and you’ve got to be right on top of things to make it happen on some of those saves. He was outstanding. The play, the save when Jack Johnson had the big hit on Helm, and then Helm came in and found his own rebound on that play, that was a spectacular save. It’s a position that you have to have a `A’ game from, going into that build. Especially in the second period. They are unbelievable at recognizing the line-change situation, to take advantage of it with their experience in that building. How they can just continue to get pressure on top of you in that situation…

“You go back over the years, and their second periods are phenomenal for them. That’s where they break games open. Just 5-on-5, and then on top of that we had the two, back-to-back penalty kills. They put a lot of pressure. They recover the pucks and the play goes on for almost the full two minutes, non-stop, and so you’ve got to be really sharp on your changes. They can feed off of it and generate a lot, coming back at you. So Quick was obviously the man for the job last night.”

Bernier has not been in a game since the Nov. 24 loss to Montreal, so whenever he gets in, it will be after at least a three-week layoff. I asked Murray if Quick’s play last night had altered his plan for Bernier for the road trip.

MURRAY: “I’ve been looking at getting Bernier in here, in the last few actually. I played around with it against Minnesota at home, trying to get things set up for this road trip, which is a pretty demanding trip. They’re all going to be intense hockey games. But it’s Quick (against St. Louis).”

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Alec martinez

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 210 lb | Age: 29

Born: July 26, 1987
Birthplace: Rochester Hills, MI, USA
Position: D
Handedness: Left


Bio: Martinez was drafted by the LA Kings in the 2007 Draft, while playing for Miami University. He has since become a two-time Stanley Cup champion and the 17th man in Stanley Cup playoff history to score the Cup-winning goal in overtime.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Tyler Toffoli

#73 | 6′ 1″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: April 24, 1992
Birthplace: Scarborough, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Toffoli is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward, drafted by the Kings in the second round of the 2010 Draft. Toffoli scored his first career NHL goal in his second game in a 4–0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes in 2013. He was also named the 2012–13 AHL All-Rookie Team.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.