January 4 morning skate update
Though not a certainty, there is a possibility that Jonathan Quick could start in net tonight as the Los Angeles Kings host the Vancouver Canucks at STAPLES Center (7:00 p.m. / FOX Sports West / CBC / KEIB).
Helene Elliott of the LA Times reported last night that Quick is slated to take part in the pre-game skate, and the judgement of whether he would play would follow. To clear up salary cap and roster space, goaltender Martin Jones could be assigned to AHL-Manchester, as reported by the Times and previously noted by LA Kings Insider.
Jones, who is 8-3-0 with a 1.41 goals against average, .950 save percentage and three shutouts in 10 games, was named the NHL’s co-Rookie of the Month along with Antti Raanta of the Chicago Blackhawks.
Quick and Jones left the ice at the same time on Saturday morning, while Ben Scrivens remained on for extra work with Matt Greene, Daniel Carcillo and Colin Fraser. This is an indication, not a confirmation, that Scrivens will serve as tonight’s back-up, while Greene, Carcillo and Fraser could be scratched. Should Alec Martinez replace Greene in the lineup, there would be four left-handed shooting defensemen and two right-handed shooting defensemen. The team did not hold line rushes.