What to do in goal? To finish off this leg of the road trip, the Kings have today and tomorrow off, then play three games in four days: Wednesday at Columbus, Thursday at the New York Rangers and Saturday at the New York Islanders. Typically, it would be a slam-dunk that Jonathan Quick and Jonathan Bernier would split the back-to-back games, but there was a long pause today when I asked Terry Murray if it was safe to assume he would split the goalie play against the Blue Jackets and Rangers…
MURRAY: “I’m not real sure yet. We could possibly, yeah, but I’m not going to say anything right now, because I’m really not sure of that myself. I’m just going to take today and finish up our review last night, and watch Columbus play and then make a decision as we get ready for the practice tomorrow.”
Regardless, at this moment there’s plenty of reason for confidence in both goalies. Quick is 6-0-1 in his last seven games and has allowed two or fewer goals in five of his last six starts. Bernier has allowed two or fewer goals in four consecutive starts.
MURRAY: “It’s critical to have the confidence and have your players, at that position, playing at the top of their game at this time of the year. Every game is so hard and so important. The points that you try to pull out of every game are so meaningful in the standings every day. Those two guys right now, on the back end, they have to make the big save, the grade-A chance against, whenever it’s there. We don’t want to give up too many of those, but it does happen, and to have them on the top of their game like that, it means a lot to the team, obviously. You have to have it. That’s just the way it is in the game. That’s the way it is today. Everything is so tight, one-goal games, and you’ve got to have everybody in desperation mode right now.”