Atlanta (20-32-5) at Los Angeles (24-22-8), 10:30 p.m. EST
LOS ANGELES (Ticker) — Rookie goaltender Jonathan Quick has
been stellar for the Los Angeles Kings. If he intends to end
their mild skid, he will have to stymie a suddenly dangerous
Quick likely will start in goal for the 11th straight game
Monday when the Kings host the red-hot Atlanta Thrashers.
The 23-year-old Quick has surrendered two goals in each of Los
Angeles’ last two games – both losses – but he has not received
much offensive help. The Kings have scored over three goals
just once in their last seven games.
Los Angeles’ current swoon follows a four-game winning streak
that Quick sparked by notching his third career shutout in a 1-0
victory over the Ottawa Senators on February 3.
Atlanta, which has dropped seven of 10, is coming off its best
offensive performance of the season in an 8-4 triumph over the
Anaheim Ducks on Sunday.
Captain Ilya Kovalchuk recorded his 11th career hat trick and
added an assist as the Thrashers scored four times in the second
Bryan Little and Colin Stuart both scored and set up a goal
apiece and Rich Peverley, Colby Armstrong and defenseman Niclas
Havelid also tallied for Atlanta, which has scored six or more
goals four times this season.