Jonathan Quick’s Grade 2 groin strain will reportedly keep him out until Christmas.
On Wednesday, Kings GM Dean Lombardi delivered the news to Sportsnet’s Fan 590, saying that his starting netminder will miss at least another month after injuring himself in a 3-2 shootout loss to Buffalo on Nov. 12.
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. The LA Times reported Quick wouldn’t require surgery and suggested “the best early estimate, with an emphasis on the word estimate, would be in the neighborhood of four to six weeks,” regarding a return to action.
It appears the six week estimate was accurate.
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.
The other positive? The play of backup Ben Scrivens, the NHL’s reigning first star of the week. Scrivens is 5-1-1 this season with a 1.35 GAA and .949 save percentage and has more than capably filled in for Quick — who, as Brough wrote last week, wasn’t exactly lighting it up prior to getting hurt:
Here’s the thing: Quick hasn’t even been that good this season. His .905 save percentage is right down the near bottom of the regular-starters list. You could even argue the Kings had been winning in spite of the 2012 Conn Smythe Trophy recipient.