Kings’ Goaltending Situation Quickly Changing

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  • With Jack Campbell and Cal Petersen on the brink of becoming legitimate NHL netminders, goaltending should be a position of strength for the Kings during the 2019-2020 season.
  • The 27-year-old Campbell stepped up when Quick was injured last season, going 10-14-1 with a 2.30 goals-against average (GAA) and a .928 save percentage (SV%).
  • He was also the Kings’ nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, given to the player who shows perseverance, dedication and sportsmanship.
  • Campbell showed he has the ability to dominate when he registered a combined 82 saves in shutouts versus the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 11 and at the Calgary Flames on March 25 of last season.
  • He also had a 49-save performance on April 2 in a 3-1 win against the Arizona Coyotes.
  • He was a bright spot in a down season for the Kings.
  • As for Quick, the veteran standout and two-time Stanley Cup champion is coming off a down season.
  • Quick, fresh off knee surgery, had his moments, but didn’t play consistently well, with a 3.41 GAA and an .887 SV%.
  • If he’s healthy, content with the new coaching situation, and if the team’s defensive effort is stronger than last season, there is a good chance the 33-year-old can still be an elite goalkeeper.
  • But Does he have another deep playoff run or two left in him?
  • The answer to helping keep Quick healthy, motivated, and sharp might be to play him less.
  • A Quick-Campbell  tandem would be top-shelf.
  • Why overuse Quick during the regular season at his age, especially with Campbell itching to get between the pipes.
  • Use Quick wisely and give Campbell more playing time at the same time.
  • If a lot of things go right for the team, starting with a stellar goaltending tandem, a playoff appearance shouldn’t be out of reach.

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