After newly-acquired Ben Bishop stopped 28 of 30 shots in a 2-1 OT loss to Calgary on Tuesday, the Kings will flip the script and go back to Jonathan Quick when they host Toronto at Staples.
Quick is 1-0-1 since returning from a lower-body injury that’s sidelined him for almost the entire campaign. Things started brightly, making 32 saves in a 4-1 win over Anaheim, but Quick struggled in Monday’s 5-4 OT loss to the Wild, allowing the five goals on 35 shots.
This Quick-Bishop situation will probably be featured quite a bit moving forward.
The Kings are desperate for wins — they head into tonight’s action one point back of St. Louis for the final wild card spot in the Western Conference — and with two No. 1 netminders in the fold, head coach Darryl Sutter’s starting goalie decisions will be constantly analyzed.
For the Leafs, Frederik Andersen starts in goal.
— Braden Holtby, who’s won each of his last three starts, gets the call when the Caps host the Devils in Washington. He’ll be up against Cory Schneider, who is trending in the exact opposite direction having lost his last three.
— Good matchup in Boston, as Tuukka Rask and the Bruins host Henrik Lundqvist and the Rangers.
— Roberto Luongo made 23 saves in a win over Carolina on Tuesday, and will draw back in tonight as the Panthers visit Philly. Steve Mason, fresh off a 33-save shutout of the Avs, goes right back in for the Flyers.
— Another good matchup, this time in Columbus. Sergei Bobrovsky and the Blue Jackets host Devan Dubnyk and the Wild.
— Mike Smith (yanked in a loss to Boston on Tuesday) and the reeling Coyotes limp into Buffalo, where they’ll take on Robin Lehner and the Sabres. Lehner is coming off a rough outing of his own, allowing five goals on 41 shots in a loss to Nashville.
— Mike Condon started last game, so Craig Anderson returns to the Ottawa net as the Sens host Colorado. No word yet on an Avs starter.
— In P.K. Subban‘s return to Montreal, good buddy Carey Price gets the nod for the Habs. The Preds are going with Pekka Rinne.
— After getting yanked from Saturday’s blowout loss to Columbus, Thomas Greiss is back in for the Isles. The host Stars are going with Antti Niemi.
— Ryan Miller goes for the Canucks, who are in San Jose. The Sharks will give Aaron Dell a rare start, his first since Feb. 18.