Uncharted waters for Quick

This is Jonathan Quick’s fifth season of high-level hockey, including NCAA, ECHL, AHL and NHL play. Here are his year-by-year games played…

2005-06: 17 (UMass)
2006-07: 37 (UMass)
2007-08: 60 (Reading, Manchester, Kings)
2008-09: 58 (Manchester, Kings)

Quick will appear in his 62nd game tonight when the Kings host Chicago. Looking at the rest of the season, it’s almost certain that Quick will start at least 11 of the final 14 games — if not more — which would give him a team-record 73 games. I asked Terry Murray today about how closely he will monitor Quick down the stretch and if he’s concerned about late-season fatigue, knowing that the playoffs are likely on the horizon as well.

MURRAY: “I’m not worried about fatigue at all. I don’t keep an eye on the number of games he’s playing, compared to what he’s done in the past. I just play him, and he has played very well. He has earned the right to play. It’s not like I’m throwing him in there without regard to performance. I think his level of play has been outstanding throughout the year, but I will keep an eye — in front of us here — on these next couple of trips, and back to back games. There’s going to be some very late nights, I know, there, and I’m going to have to monitor that and make sure that Ersberg is on top of his game, so that if there’s an opportunity there for him, he will go in and get the job done.”

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