Darryl Sutter likes to play his No. 1 goalie. Jonathan Quick is expected to get the start tonight, meaning Quick will make his third start in four days and that, in 14 games under Sutter, Quick will have started 12. This shouldn’t be a huge surprise. In Sutter’s previous season as a coach, in 2005-06 with Calgary, No. 1 goalie Miikka Kiprusoff started 74 games. In Sutter’s last three seasons in San Jose, the No. 1 goalie — first Steve Shields, then Evgeni Nabokov — played 67, 66 and 67 games, respectively. And when Sutter started out in Chicago in the mid-1990s, Ed Belfour played 71 and 70 games, respectively. In other words, make sure you get some electrolytes, Quick.
SUTTER: “It’s not like he’s been overworked. Our shots against — touch wood — we’re in a good place in the league for that, so I wouldn’t call it a challenge. I didn’t know that the best goalies in the NHL were supposed to give up more than two goals a game. … There’s 10 guys in the league that are aces, and that’s what they do, right? Based on this year, so far, that’s what he is. I’ve been lucky to always have really good goalies. I’m very fortunate, when you look at that.’’
Sutter said his rough plan was to start Jonathan Bernier in “two or three games’’ between Christmas and the All-Star break. Since Christmas, Bernier has started two. After tonight, the Kings have home games on Thursday, Saturday and Monday before an eight-day break.
SUTTER: “Both (goalies) have been really good. Bernier has played the two games and Quick has played 10 or 11, and they’ve both been really good.’’