What began as an ordinary morning skate earlier today at the SAP Center in San Jose, ended with a bit more of an interesting twist tied to it when Jhonas Enroth
was the first goaltender to leave the ice.
Enroth will start tonight.
Signed as an unrestricted free agent on July 1, the Stockholm native has five-plus years of NHL experience with the Buffalo Sabres and the Dallas Stars.
“I feel ready to go,” Enroth told Lisa Dillman of the LA Times after Thursday’s morning skate.
The Kings’ opponent tonight, the San Jose Sharks, is a team Enroth’s seen before, albeit not very often. Enroth, in two career starts against the Sharks, both of which came last season, has a 2-0-0 record with a .954 SV% and a 1.00 GAA. Enroth will be playing in a building where he’s only played once before, San Jose’s SAP Center, where he defeated the Sharks on April 6 of last season with Dallas, stopping 23 of the 24 shots he faced in the Stars’ 5-1 win.
Enroth’s last appearance came on September 29 in a preseason contest against the Anaheim Ducks at STAPLES Center. Enroth made 28 saves in the Kings’ 2-1 OT loss.
In 131 career NHL games, Enroth is 43-61-14 with a .909 SV% and a 2.88 GAA.
“It’s special because it’s the first game for me here,” Enroth told the LA Times’ Dillman. “I’m excited for that. I feel like it’s about time. It’s been awhile since I played a game obviously. But I’ve been feeling pretty good throughout practice.”
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