Kings general manager Dean Lombardi was a guest on Sportsnet 590 The Fan in Toronto today and confirmed what had been reported on this website and other publications last week: Jonathan Quick’s grade two groin strain is likely to keep him out of action well into December.
— Daren Millard (@darenmillard) November 20, 2013
Quick’s groin injury occurred eight days ago, and the prognosis later that week was that it would sideline the former Conn Smythe winner for three-to-six weeks. Lombardi’s update today is an indication that the injury will gravitate towards the lengthier absence rather than the shorter.
Quick was injured in overtime of Los Angeles’ 3-2 shootout loss to Buffalo on November 12, a game in which Ben Scrivens drew the defeat without having faced a shot prior to the shootout. Los Angeles’ team save percentage entering their November 14 game at the New York Islanders – Scrivens’ first of four consecutive starts to this point – was .905, the 23rd-best percentage in the league. Entering action tonight, the Kings have the eighth-best save percentage in the league at .917, due in large part to Scrivens’ 191:19 scoreless streak, which ended in the second period of Tuesday night’s 5-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Having admirably patrolled the crease in Quick’s absence, Scrivens has stopped 105 of 109 shots (.963 Sv%) since the starter’s injury.