You knew change was coming for the Los Angeles Kings after they fell behind 3-0 in their series with the San Jose Sharks.
Coach Darryl Sutter tinkered with his lines at practice ahead of tonight’s pivotal Game 4 in L.A, moving winger Dustin Brown to the top line in an effort to get something out the team’s struggling captain.
Winger Tanner Pearson, solid in limited minutes in his series debut on Tuesday, will skate with Jeff Carter and Tyler Toffoli. Mike Richards, coming off his best game in a long while, will center Kyle Clifford and Trevor Lewis. Jarret Stoll will saddle up with wingers Dwight King and Justin Williams.
That’s a lot of change. But there is one constant. That’s Jonathan Quick in net.
And there was never any doubt.
Oh, his numbers? Yeah, they’re terrible: his league-worst postseason slate of 5.78 GAA and .858 save percentage doesn’t look too swell next to the 1.86 GAA and .934 save pct. he put up last spring, let alone his Conn Smythe-winning stats from 2012.
That was way back when Quick was being mentioned alongside playoff legends Ken Dryden, Patrick Roy and Tim Thomas after he led the eighth-seeded Kings to one of the most unlikely Stanley Cup titles of all time.
Now? Kings fans are lamenting the Ben Scrivens trade and pondering the potential of young Martin Jones.