Jonathan Quick Injury: Updates on Kings Star's Lower Body and Return

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Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick looks on during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015, in Los Angeles.(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
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Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick suffered a lower-body injury Oct. 12 against the San Jose Sharks and will be placed on injured reserve, per Lisa Dillman of the Los Angeles Times. He will not have surgery, though the timetable for his return is unclear. 

Continue for updates.


Latest on Quick's Recovery and Timeline to Return

Wednesday, Oct. 19

Jon Rosen of Fox Sports reported that Quick will not have surgery. Kings general manager Dean Lombardi said that he expects Quick to miss about three months, per Chuck Schilken of the Los Angeles Times.


Lombardi Comments on Quick's Status

Friday, Oct. 14 

Lombardi told reporters that Quick's groin issue is on the same side as the 2013 injury that kept him out for two months.  


Quick Among NHL's Best Goalies 

The Kings' last line of defense has backstopped the franchise to two Stanley Cups during his first eight years in the league, where he's had to stand on his head at times. He is currently ranked 12th in NHL history with a goals-against average of 2.27. 

He's more than capable of pulling off the highlight save as well, exhibiting fantastic lateral movement between the posts, as shown below:

The former Conn Smythe Trophy winner is coming off a great 2015-16 campaign that saw him win a career-high 40 games to go along with a 2.22 goals-against average and .918 save percentage.

But now, the Kings are going to be without their All-Star goalie for what could be a significant amount of time with a long season ahead of them.

Jeff Zatkoff replaced Quick when he went down with the injury and looks to be the man who will take over between the pipes while the latter recovers.

Zatkoff allowed just one goal on 16 shots in relief and had the following to say after the game, per ESPN.com: "It's my job to be ready when Quickie needs a break or he goes down. So I have to make sure the team doesn't miss a beat."

The 29-year-old veteran is in his fourth NHL season and spent the 2015-16 campaign with the Pittsburgh Penguins, going 4-7-1 with a 2.79 goals-against average and .917 save percentage.

While the sample size was much smaller last season, the fact that Zatkoff's save percentage was close to Quick's suggests he could have success playing behind a better defensive corps than he had in Pittsburgh.

It is difficult to quantify Quick's ability to come through in the clutch, however, and his absence will be a challenge to work around, as he has been one of the NHL's top workhorses since entering the league.

L.A. boasts one of the deepest and most talented all-around rosters in the NHL, though, which means it should be able to remain in the playoff hunt, even if Quick is on the shelf for the long haul.

           

Stats courtesy of Hockey-Reference.com.