Los Angeles Hockey: Carolina Panthers

Jonathan Quick weighs in on the season

October, 19, 2010

One of the keys to the Kings quick start this season has been goalkeeper Jonathan Quick.

In the three games he has appeared, Quick has allowed just three goals. He owns a 0.97 goals-against average and .963 save percentage, both third-best in the league heading into Tuesday’s games.

As smart NHL goalkeepers usually do, Quick was quick to credit his defense for "clearing out lanes and allowing me to see the puck."

Strong goalkeeping usually benefits special teams as well, and the Kings have one of the better penalty-kill units through four games. They have allowed just two goals in 20 short-handed situations, a percentage that’s tied for fourth-best in the NHL.

Quick credits that success to preparation and execution.

"We know what to expect, we know where their scoring threats are, we do a good job of taking those away," he said. "Instead of getting Grade A chances, they’re getting Grade B or C chances, so that makes my job a lot easier."

In the above video, the man behind the mask also talks about what he did to get in shape for this season and how he expects his work to pay off.

Coach Terry Murray announced at Tuesday's practice that Quick will start Thursday's game at Phoenix, giving backup Jonathan Bernier the start Wednesday against Carolina at Staples Center.

Kings hope to spark power play

October, 18, 2010

EL SEGUNDO -- Anybody have a jump?

The Kings power play unit has been one of the least productive in the NHL this season, prompting coach Terry Murray to search for ways to re-charge the group during practice Monday.

Through four games, the Kings have scored one goal in 16 extra-man opportunities, placing them 28th in the league in that category.

Before the 90-minute practice at the Toyota Sports Center, the Kings held a meeting in which they viewed film from the Vancouver game Friday. They then spent a good chunk of time and energy working on their power play.

Murray didn’t alter any set ups, he just gave the players extra repetitions in hopes they’d become more consistent in their execution away from the puck.

"The key to our power play is getting shots in traffic around the net," said winger Dustin Brown. "A lot of our goals are going to be off second chances on the power play."

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