Quick to be evaluated further today; Budaj to be recalled - LA Kings Insider

With Jonathan Quick day-to-day with a lower-body injury, the Kings will turn to Jack Campbell tonight against the Detroit Red Wings (7:30 p.m. / FOX Sports West / FOX Sports GO / LA Kings Audio Network). Campbell’s home town of Port Huron is 60 miles north of Detroit. The 26-year-old also played for the Little Caesars and Honeybaked minor hockey programs before joining the U.S. National Development Team Program while it was based in Ann Arbor, so there are some strong local ties (as there often are whenever any team faces the Red Wings).

Quick’s injury occurred during Saturday’s practice, John Stevens confirmed, though it wasn’t clear when exactly it occurred.

“Just got the call from Kinger (Head Athletic Trainer Chris Kingsley) yesterday,” Stevens said. “It became an issue, and obviously it became more of an issue that he’s not able to perform.”

Peter Budaj will be recalled prior to game time and will back up Campbell, per hockey operations. The exact details of the recall are not immediately known, though the Kings would not have to make a corresponding move because they have 22 players on the active roster.

A spark that helped keep the Kings afloat for much of 2016-17 while Quick recovered from a severe groin strain suffered in the first period of the first game of the season, Budaj was 27-20-3 over 53 games in 2016-17 with a 2.12 goals-against average, a .917 save percentage and seven shutouts. He has 365 career NHL games to his name.

The length of his stay will be determined after Quick is further evaluated.

“In terms of after today, we’re going to have to wait and see,” Stevens said. “He’ll get a further evaluation today and see exactly what the timeline looks like, and when we get someone in here today, I’m assuming if [Quick’s] not ready to go, then that player will stay with us.”

Los Angeles leaves for a four-game road trip through Winnipeg, Montreal, Ottawa and Toronto Monday morning. Campbell’s terrific performance in a 2-1 overtime loss at Winnipeg last March served as an encouraging benchmark.

“We feel good about Jack. He worked really hard over the summer,” Stevens said. “He obviously had the one outing [in the preseason at Anaheim] where we didn’t play great, he didn’t play great, but he bounced back with a really solid game in Vegas. He came in last year in some really tough situations – he was probably the big reason we got a point in Winnipeg late in the year on the road trip. He’s been in the fire there where he’s been able to really give us some stability in the net. He works hard, reads the game well, good communicator, so we’re confident he can step in and do the job.”

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.