Reporters and broadcasters spoke with Anze Kopitar and Jhonas Enroth after the Kings’ practice at Boston University on Wednesday, and while the team indicated today that Jonathan Quick’s injury is of the day-to-day variety and doesn’t appear to be severe, there were still questions asked about the impact of the world-class goaltender enduring a hypothetical short-term absence. Again, it’s still too early to gauge whether it will be Quick or Enroth drawing the start at Barclays Center tomorrow night.
Anze Kopitar, on the team’s outlook, should Jonathan Quick miss any time:
It’s not going to change anything, obviously Jhoni hasn’t played a whole lot, but the games that he has played he’s given us a chance and that’s what you want. We feel very comfortable and confident in him to step up if he has to. I don’t know serious it is, but I’m sure he’s thinking the same way, that he obviously can step in and make a difference.
Kopitar, on Ben Scrivens and Martin Jones filling in for Quick two seasons ago:
I think that’s the thing, I don’t think we approach it any different, you know, we had all the confidence in those two guys that they could get the job done, we just came to play like any other night. It doesn’t really matter who is back there, and obviously I’m not discrediting Quickie by any means because we all know what he does for this team, but from our point of view we’ve got to go out there and play like we always do.
Kopitar, on whether Jhonas Enroth appears to be a bigger target than he seems to be:
I think so. I think every single goalie is just a little bit unorthodox in their own different way, right? I don’t really know how to put it, to be honest with you.
Kopitar, on Christian Ehrhoff’s play with the team:
Well he gave us a left shot back there that we needed, he had some power play minutes so he put a few points up for that. He was solid making the easy play.
Kopitar, on his impressions from Tuesday’s win:
I liked that we scored nine goals obviously. I guess just the answer that we had after they scored that first goal, I thought we came out and were on a mission to not let it slide, I guess was the feeling, and obviously that first power play goal was huge, and then getting the lead going into the locker room after the first was big. The fact that it was nine different goal scorers, it’s quite significant obviously, and I think it’s a nice little boost for everybody.
Kopitar, on the impact of the four non-game days before the road trip:
Those kinds of days you do a little strength in the gym, you do a little conditioning on the ice. Those are the days that you have to cash in on everything even though you’re sometimes a little bit sore after because your body isn’t used to those types of workouts anymore, but it comes in handy. I guess between the coaches and Matty Price, they work obviously together, and I think they put a nice little plan for us and as you guys saw, we did quite a bit of skating on the ice. It’s tough at the time, but again, it helps you out in the long run.
Jhonas Enroth, on his outlook for the upcoming games on the trip:
It’s pretty much the same, I don’t really approach it any differently. Obviously I’m hoping to get one of the games, but you never know, so try to get ready and whatever happens happens, so nothing too crazy.
Enroth, on whether his outlook changes when he could receive several starts in a row:
I haven’t really checked with [Quick], but I’m sure he’s okay. I haven’t really thought about it too much, I’m just going to try and get ready for whatever happens tomorrow.
Enroth, on Quick possibly suffering an injury at the end of the Boston game:
I mean he finished the game last night so I’m sure he’s fine, I don’t think he would have finished, even if it was just 15 seconds, if there were any doubts.
Enroth, on any extra excitement about the New York swing:
I think so, especially the Rangers games, they’re special. Playing in MSG is pretty cool. It’s something I’ve done before, it’s nothing new, so nothing I’ve really thought about too much yet.
Enroth, on what he recalls from his earlier appearance against the Islanders:
Well they have a great team, obviously. Their first line is pretty good with Tavares and whoever’s on there. So it’s a good team, they always put up a lot of shots, they can score a lot too, they have really good forwards and a pretty solid team overall.
Enroth, on the Kings’ 9-2 win in Boston:
I mean you kind of feel for their goalies, too, a little bit. It’s never fun to give up nine goals like they did, obviously. It was a great game from our side, I don’t think their team played very well. But as a goalie, you kind of feel for their goalies too, so that was pretty much my feeling last night.
Enroth, on having a nightmare game as a goalie:
It happens to everyone, it’s happened to me, it’s probably happened to Quickie in the past too, it happened to Brodeur probably too, so it happens to everyone. Like I said, as a goalie, you kind of feel for them.
Enroth, on how he’d evaluate his own performance this season:
I think all of my games have been very solid, even the games where I gave up a couple of goals, they were pretty solid too, and I’ve been feeling good the whole year. I wish I played more games, but I guess this is the way they do it here, so I’m just going to have to stay ready and do my best when I get my chance.