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Quick returns for Kings in Sutter’s 1,000th game

Jan 4, 2014, 9:56 PM EDT

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You know a game is jam-packed with storylines when Darryl Sutter’s 1,000th game as an NHL head coach seems like a mere afterthought (though Sutter probably prefers it that way).

We already found out that Roberto Luongo will be back for the Vancouver Canucks, but now hockey fans will delight in a possible matchup of Olympic starting goalies, as Jonathan Quick returns for the Los Angeles Kings.

Luongo, 34, hasn’t played since Dec. 22, but that’s chump change compared to the rust Quick might be fighting off. Quick, 27, hasn’t appeared since injuring himself on Nov. 12.

This news would be bigger, naturally, if the Kings hadn’t enjoyed surprisingly strong goaltending from relatively inexperienced goalies Martin Jones and Ben Scrivens. Still, with a five-game losing streak haunting Los Angeles, Quick’s return probably comes at an opportune time.

It’s quite possible that the Kings traded Dan Carcillo in part to keep their three goalies in the mix, so maybe there’s some question as to whether Quick is truly ready to go.

Really, that just makes it all the more fascinating, though.

  1. blomfeld - Jan 4, 2014 at 10:16 PM

    GO QUICK GO !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :)

    • blomfeld - Jan 5, 2014 at 12:52 AM

      WE DID IT FRIENDS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

  2. charlieconway96 - Jan 4, 2014 at 10:45 PM

    Seeing as the Kings offense is still anemic, why not test the waters on sending one of the back ups to Edmonton for one of their offensive prospects. Probably wouldn’t ever happen but we can all dream can’t we.

  3. namriverrat69 - Jan 5, 2014 at 3:20 AM

    Great game. Welcome back to Quick. He is a needed shot in the arm. He looked as sharp as ever which is amazing with the almost 2 months he was out and what a difference maker he is.


  4. wishingtonredslur - Jan 5, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    I wish he still coached the Flames. Seriously the man is the worst GM conceivable but is such an amazing coach.

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