If Jonathan Bernier gets the start in goal for the Kings tonight — we probably won’t know until the start of pregame warmups — he couldn’t have been encouraged by what he saw last night in St. Louis, where the Kings were shut out for the sixth time this season. Bernier has started eight games this season, and the Kings have been shut out in two of them. In Bernier’s eight starts, the Kings have scored a total of 16 goals, and five of those goals came in his last start, a 5-2 victory over Washington on Jan. 9.
If Bernier gets the nod, it will also be the longest gap between his starts this season. Bernier has been on the bench for the last nine games, and hasn’t seen any game action in 25 days. In his previous longest stretch, Bernier went 16 days between appearances early in the season, between his second and third starts. When Bernier finally played, on Oct. 25 against New Jersey — after Jonathan Quick’s third consecutive shutout — Bernier allowed three goals on 23 shots in a 3-0 loss to the Devils.
[UPDATE: Bernier is expected to get the start tonight.]