To say that the Kings haven’t been lucky this season would be an understatement.
Earlier this month, they lost starting goaltender Jonathan Quick for three to four months and now, they may have lost his backup too.
On Saturday, Jeff Zatkoff suffered a groin injury during the team’s morning skate and needed help coming off the ice.
“He stopped a shot, and his groin tightened up,” head coach Darryl Sutter said, per lakingsinsider.com. “We’ve seen it in a game, and now we’ve seen it in practice.”
Even with him in goal, the Kings had been struggling mightily since Quick went down.
Zatkoff has an 0-3 record with a 4.37 goals-against-average and a .839 save percentage in 2016-17.
Expect Peter Budaj to make this second consecutive start. He should be backed up by former first rounder Jack Campbell, according to beat reporter Jon Rosen.
Coming into this year, Budaj had made just one NHL start over the last two seasons.
There is a silver lining in all of this mess.
With Campbell being recalled from AHL Ontario, it means that Los Angeles’ minor league goalie coach, Dusty Imoo, will be the backup for his son Jonah in Ontario’s game against the San Jose Barracuda.