What’s the plan in goal?
So far, Darryl Sutter has been unpredictable, in terms of guessing what he might do with his starting goalies in certain situations. In the Kings’ previous set of back-to-back games, Sutter started Jonathan Quick twice. This week, with back-to-back games against Nashville and Minnesota, Sutter split them between Quick and Bernier. The Kings have 18 games remaining, including three sets of back-to-back games, and the schedule is filled with teams that seem playoff-bound. How will Sutter handle the goalies, going forward? Will he ride Quick, or go by feel, on a game-to-game basis? Sutter answered, and also addressed that Phoenix-Colorado set, in which the Kings lost 5-4 in Phoenix and then Quick started the next night in Denver and allowed three first-period goals. After that game, Sutter said he had spoken to Quick, and that Quick wanted to get the start against the Avalanche.
SUTTER: “(The rest of the season is) probably by feel. But you’re comfortable, because you’ve got a guy [Quick] who is having a great year, but I’m also comfortable with the fact that Bernie, I’m not concerned about him. It’s not so much looking forward, it’s looking back. I made a mistake — that’s my fault — in Phoenix and Colorado. I should have played Bernier in Colorado. He played two periods, but he should have started. Not that Quicker was at fault on the goals, but still. It’s like in Nashville the other night, I thought we should have won 1-0. That’s how well we played. You limit their chances, and you need great goaltending. You’re not going to, all of a sudden, become this magical offensive weapon with 18 games left. So you need great goaltending, and I’m comfortable with the fact that both guys can do that. We’re lucky. Not many teams can say that.”