After opening the season in stellar fashion, Los Angeles Kings
goaltender Jonathan Quick has matched the longest losing streak of
It hasn’t entirely been his fault, however.
Playing behind a sputtering offense, Quick could be in net
Saturday night for the Kings when they host a Minnesota Wild team
trying to bounce back from its first loss in two weeks.
Quick was instrumental to Los Angeles’ brilliant start to
2010-11, compiling a 6-0-1 record with a 1.12 goals-against average
and an NHL-best three shutouts through Oct. 27. He hasn’t won in
six starts since, however, posting a 2.95 GAA while going
It seems likely Quick, who also lost six consecutive decisions
from March 25-April 10, 2010, will be back in goal Saturday despite
his skid. He just got a night off Tuesday – a 4-3 win over
Nashville – to snap his string of six straight starts for the
Quick, 6-2-1 with a 2.51 GAA lifetime against Minnesota (8-4-3),
was back in net Thursday, stopping 29 shots in a 3-2 loss to
Vancouver. Two of the goals he allowed, though, came when the Kings
were a man down as they let the opposition have six power plays for
a fourth straight game.
Los Angeles (7-6-3) got off to an awful start against the
Canucks, falling behind 3-0 in the first period as they were
outshot 12-3. Drew Doughty scored in the second period, but the
Kings didn’t get another goal until Mike Richards knocked in the
puck with 1:10 to play with Quick on the bench for an extra
Offensive woes like that have been an ongoing problem for Los
Angeles, which has been held to two goals or fewer in nine of 11
Dustin Penner has no goals through 14 games after scoring 23
last season, while captain Dustin Brown and Justin Williams each
has gone seven straight games without one.
“We should be scoring more, especially myself right on top of
the list,” said Williams, who had 22 goals last season. “We need to
find ways when we’re down in games to come back. We need a comeback
win, just for our psyche and our confidence to know that we can
It could be tough for the Kings, who went 2-0-2 against
Minnesota last season, to get their offense on track if the Wild go
with Josh Harding in goal.
Harding has a 0.75 GAA with a shutout in winning his last four
starts, but he’s backed up Niklas Backstrom in Minnesota’s last two
Backstrom stopped 41 shots in Tuesday’s 3-0 win over Calgary,
extending the Wild’s winning streak to five games, before turning
aside 33 shots in Thursday’s 3-1 loss to San Jose. It was
Minnesota’s first defeat since Oct. 27.
Kyle Brodziak scored Thursday’s lone goal for the Wild, who had
killed 23 consecutive short-handed situations before allowing two
goals in two power plays in the second period.
“They scored two power-play goals, and that was the difference,”
Backstrom said. “We played OK but I know we can play a lot better.
We have to learn from that and move on.”
Backstrom was 1-1-1 with a 1.59 GAA and a shutout against the
Kings last season.
Minnesota’s Devin Setoguchi, who has four goals and four
assists, had three goals and an assist in six games against the
Kings in 2010-11 with San Jose.
Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles’ leader with eight goals, had two
goals and four assists against the Wild last season.