It has become clear that while the Olympics were a good experience for Jonathan Quick, and might have helped him in terms of getting a mental and physical rest, there are some areas of his game that aren’t as sharp as before the break. Quick was in a tough spot, as the Americans’ No. 3 goalie, and didn’t see many pucks during those two weeks in Vancouver.
Quick’s puck-handling skills, and his movement in the crease, have suffered a bit, but his overall play certainly hasn’t been awful, and Terry Murray said the only way for Quick to return to form is to keep playing. The schedule hasn’t done the Kings a lot of favors. Not until next Monday-Tuesday will the Kings be able to get two consecutive days between games.
MURRAY: “We’ve got a little bit of time coming up, after the Chicago and Dallas games, to get some practice in. I think it’s coming. It’s maybe just getting a little more comfortable again, is where he needs to get to, but I think it’s coming. He will get his game right back to where it was before the break. In saying that, I don’t think it is right there right now, but he’s just got to work through it. He’s still playing good and giving us and opportunity to win every night, and he’ll get better from here.”