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by Rich Hammond / Los Angeles Kings
Jonathan Quick will continue to start every Kings game for the foreseeable future.

There’s been a lot of Quick work for the Kings this season, and there figures to be more.

Jonathan Quick got the start in goal for the Kings on Wednesday in San Jose, and will be back in the net Thursday when the Kings host San Jose. That’s the second time, in less than a week, that Quick will start both ends of a back-to-back series.

In many instances, that type of schedule might raise a red flag, but Kings coach Terry Murray has been adamant that he will not make a change anytime soon.

Maybe that’s because the last time Murray made a change, he ended up regretting it. Murray started Erik Ersberg against the New York Rangers during the recent road trip, and the Kings lost, the first of three consecutive defeats.

Murray later expressed some dissatisfaction with Ersberg’s practices and indicated that he wouldn’t go back to Ersberg until Quick’s play gave him a reason to make a change, or until Ersberg forced his hand with strong efforts in practice.

Neither has happened yet, but Quick isn’t complaining. His background and mindset seem to indicate a player who thrives on a heavy workload.

"When you start getting games under your belt, you get into a rhythm," Quick said. "If you're not playing every game, it's tough to get into a rhythm, and it's harder to build off every game. When I play well, I try to build off that and try to continue going from there. You just have to take that mentality toward it."

Quick said the key to sustained success was through watching his eating and sleeping habits, but said he doesn’t obsess about trying to maintain energy.

"I wouldn't say (you) `pace yourself,' because then you almost have a mentality of trying to conserve energy," Quick said. "That's something you try to do, but during a game you're just working to make every save. You just have to take every game for what it's worth. You work hard every game, every practice, trying to get better."

Kings defenseman Rob Scuderi said he contacted Columbus’ Jason Chimera and apologized for hit Scuderi delivered Sunday, in which Scuderi got too low on an attempted hip check and took out Chimera at knee level.

Scuderi said the conversation "went well."


Last season, coach Todd McLellan led the San Jose Sharks to the best regular-season record in the NHL, so he knows something about good teams. Before Wednesday’s game, McLellan had high praise for the Kings.

"They’re not — and this is said with ultimate respect to their organization — they’re not the L.A. Kings from three or four years ago," McLellan said. "They have a tremendous amount of youth that has grown a long way. Coach Murray has done a tremendous job with them, and they really believe right now. So they’re as good as any team in the league."

Of course, McLellan might be influenced by the teams’ first meeting this season, Oct. 6, when the Kings took a 4-0 lead in the second period and held on to beat the Sharks 6-4 at Staples Center.


Left wing Kyle Calder has signed a one-year contract with the Anaheim Ducks, who released him late in training camp.

Calder was assigned to the Ducks' minor-league affiliate in Bakersfield.

The nine-year NHL veteran attended Anaheim's training camp on a tryout basis, but was released after going scoreless in four exhibition games...more
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