ST. LOUIS -- Probable lineups for Monday night's game between the Los Angeles Kings and St. Louis Blues from Scottrade Center:
Simon Gagne - Anze Kopitar - Dustin Brown
Kyle Clifford - Jeff Carter - Justin Williams
Dwight King - Mike Richards - Jordan Nolan
Dustin Penner - Trevor Lewis - Jarret Stoll
Keaton Ellerby - Drew Doughty
Rob Scuderi - Slava Voynov
Alec Martinez - Davis Drewiske
Scratches: Colin Fraser, Brad Richardson, Jake Muzzin
Injuries: Willie Mitchell (knee), Matt Greene (back)
Note: Kings coach Darryl Sutter would not comment on who the starting goalie will be or any other lineup changes, although Bernier was the only netminder on the ice for Monday's morning skate and Quick was working extensively with scratches late after regular skaters left. It comes on the heels of Quick giving up a goal to Detroit's Jonathan Ericsson with 4.5 seconds remaining of a 3-2 Red Wings victory Sunday afternoon, and the Kings are playing their first back-to-back set of the season.
"You are allowed to ask," Sutter said jokingly about his starting goaltender for the game. "... Injury [to Quick's] a non-issue. That's a long time ago. That's a player that got hurt last year playing this year. That's not a factor. The factor that we have now is performance. It's simple. We're giving up three goals a game and you'll win one in three, which is kind of what we're doing. We need better goaltending; it doesn't matter who our goalie is, to tell you the truth."
Andy McDonald - David Backes - T.J. Oshie
David Perron - Alex Steen - Vladimir Tarasenko
Vladimir Sobotka - Patrik Berglund - Chris Stewart
Matt D'Agostini - Scott Nichol - Ryan Reaves
Ian Cole - Alex Pietrangelo
Wade Redden - Kevin Shattenkirk
Barret Jackman - Roman Polak
Scratches: Kris Russell, Jaden Schwartz
Injuries: Jamie Langenbrunner (hip)
Note: The Blues get Halak (groin strain) back tonight after he missed the previous three-plus games. He was injured in the first period of a 5-3 loss at Detroit on Dec. 1. Elliott was 0-3-1 in Halak's absence and his numbers have dipped to 3-4-1 with a 3.51 goals-against average and .853 save percentage after leading the National Hockey League in both categories a season ago while tying with nine shutouts.
"The goalie gets the focus when things aren't going well," Hitchcock said. "Sometimes it's warranted and sometimes it's not. I think this is a combination. If you're talking about telling the truth, this is a combination where we needed Ells to play better, but we needed to play better in front of him."