It’s time for the monthy Erik Ersberg start! Ersberg had one start in October, November and January, but messed it up by getting two starts in December. For the season, Ersberg has a 2-3 record, a 3.21 goals-against average and an .882 save percentage in seven games, but he was something of a hard-luck loser in each of his last two starts, twin 2-1 losses to San Jose (on Jan. 11) and Calgary (on Dec. 30). With Jonathan Quick suffering from flu symptoms, Ersberg gets the call tonight…
Question: When did you know that you would be in?
ERSBERG: “I found out this morning that Quickie wasn’t feeling too good.”
Question: I imagine you prepare every day as though you might play. Is that fair to say?
ERSBERG: “It’s the same way. It’s not really anything special you do. Just eat and rest. It’s the same thing.”
Question: Is it better to know in the morning though, instead of when you get to the rink?
ERSBERG: “Oh yeah, for sure. It’s better to know now, sooner than better.”
Question: Is it still possible to build upon your last couple games, or is that so long ago that it’s like starting fresh?
ERSBERG: “I would prefer to have a good game rather than a bad game in the last game, so that’s good, but like you said, it was a while ago, so you just go out there and play, pretty much. Just have fun.”
Question: When you haven’t played in a while, does it take a little time to get into the game?
ERSBERG: “You’re as ready as you can be. It’s different. Sometimes you feel great, and sometimes it takes you a little bit, but I just try to prepare as good as I can and just go play, and hopefully we can get a win out of it.”