One of the keys to the Kings quick start this season has been goalkeeper Jonathan Quick.
In the three games he has appeared, Quick has allowed just three goals. He owns a 0.97 goals-against average and .963 save percentage, both third-best in the league heading into Tuesday’s games.
As smart NHL goalkeepers usually do, Quick was quick to credit his defense for "clearing out lanes and allowing me to see the puck."
Strong goalkeeping usually benefits special teams as well, and the Kings have one of the better penalty-kill units through four games. They have allowed just two goals in 20 short-handed situations, a percentage that’s tied for fourth-best in the NHL.
Quick credits that success to preparation and execution.
"We know what to expect, we know where their scoring threats are, we do a good job of taking those away," he said. "Instead of getting Grade A chances, they’re getting Grade B or C chances, so that makes my job a lot easier."
In the above video, the man behind the mask also talks about what he did to get in shape for this season and how he expects his work to pay off.
Coach Terry Murray announced at Tuesday's practice that Quick will start Thursday's game at Phoenix, giving backup Jonathan Bernier the start Wednesday against Carolina at Staples Center.