The results of Jonathan Quick’s MRI are in.
The Kings’ star goalie has suffered a Grade 2 groin strain, according to LA Kings Insider. The recovery plan is for Quick to begin rehabbing immediately, but there is no timetable for a possible return to action.
According to the Sports Injury Clinic, a Grade 2 strain is a “moderate” tear that can vary in severity — anywhere from 10 to 90 percent — which explains the difficulty in trying to pinpoint rehab time.
If there’s a positive here, it’s that Quick doesn’t have a history of groin issues, like many other NHL goalies. The 27-year-old has actually been remarkably healthy throughout his NHL career, appearing in 72 games during the 2009-10 season and 69 during the Cup-winning ’11-12 campaign.
Quick did undergo back surgery last year, but didn’t miss any significant action as the lockout provided him with additional recuperation time.
As for the immediate future, the Kings will roll with Ben Scrivens as their starting netminder. Scrivens will get his third start of the year tonight on Long Island, and could be in for a heavy workload as L.A. plays in New Jersey on Friday, New York (Rangers) on Sunday, then returns home for a three-games-in-five-nights stretch against Tampa Bay, New Jersey and Colorado.
Update: According to the LA Times, no surgery will be required. As for a recovery timetable, the Times reports that “the best early estimate, with an emphasis on the word estimate, would be in the neighborhood of four to six weeks.”