Kings goalie Jonathan Quick has played 1,309 minutes, 40 seconds, this season, which puts him just under five minutes short of Evgeni Nabokov’s league-leading ice time. Quick has started 22 games, tied with Nabokov for the NHL lead, and he’s one game and approximately 10 minutes ahead of third-place Craig Anderson in both categories.
I asked Quick the other day about his heavy playing time, and the response was exactly what is expected of a goalie: essentially a shrug and a quote about feeling good and staying in shape. But with the Kings facing 13 games in 23 days, starting Wednesday, when will it be time for Erik Ersberg to get some work? Terry Murray said today that Quick will play Wednesday but that he hadn’t decided who would start Thursday at Vancouver…
MURRAY: I’m going to keep an open mind on it. Quick is going to play the first game, for sure. We’ll take it a day at a time with that. I do have an open mind, and I am aware that he’s been working very hard. The number of games we have played, in this part of the schedule so far, it’s a pretty high number. We had played as many games as any team in the league, up until the other day with San Jose, and our road work has been good and it’s been hard and demanding. So the awareness to it is there, for sure.”
To follow up, I asked Murray if the Kings’ lengthy “holiday break” — they’ll go eight days between games —
MURRAY: “Well, we have a great work load to get to that point. There’s a lot of games there. I’ve got to have an open mind. If Quicker is feeling good and playing good and stays physically ready and sharp, then I could continue with him, but I’ll be ready.”