EL SEGUNDO -- Those hoping to watch Kings goalie Jonathan Quick extend his franchise-record shutout streak Tuesday night against visiting New Jersey, or catch a glimpse of defenseman Drew Doughty playing a game at Staples Center for the first time since last season, will be out of luck.
Kings coach Terry Murray announced after practice Monday at Toyota Sports Center that back-up goalie Jonathan Bernier will get the start against the Devils, giving Quick a day off heading into a three-game trip that begins Thursday in Dallas.
Murray also said Doughty has not yet been cleared to play after suffering an upper-body injury Oct. 15 in Philadelphia. Doughty sat out nearly all of training camp during negotiations over a new contract with the Kings. He returned to play the two season openers in Europe and a third game in New Jersey before his injury.
He practiced Monday wearing a non-contact jersey and Murray said Doughty would likely maintain that status for a few more days.
"In my mind, I feel like I could play tomorrow but I probably shouldn't," Doughty said.
More surprising is Quick’s impending absence from Tuesday's game, especially considering the roll he’s on. He hasn’t allowed a goal in the last 188 minutes 10 seconds, which is also a franchise record. He was named first star of the week by the NHL earlier Monday.
Murray said he made his decision to play Bernier against the Devils the morning before Quick established the team records in a 1-0 victory Saturday night against visiting Dallas. He was adamant about sticking with his plan, despite the shutout streak.
"I wanted to get him prepared,” Murray said of his decision to inform Bernier of the start three days beforehand. “I knew Sunday was going to be a day off, and it let him have an opportunity to get himself ready over the day off and come in today and get a good workout.
"We’ve got a lot of games coming up right now. The schedule starts to get busy, and we’ve got three conference games right after New Jersey. It’s an opportunity, out of the early part of training camp here, to get him going.’’
Bernier started the only game the Kings lost in regulation this season, a 4-2 defeat against the Buffalo Sabres in Berlin on Oct. 7. He finished strong last season, however, going 6-0-3 in his last nine starts.
Here's footage of Quick and Bernier practicing Monday.