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by Staff Writer / Los Angeles Kings
Jonathan Quick, slated to make his seventh consecutive start in the Kings net, is expected to miss tonight's game due to illness. In his place, Erik Ersberg will make his first start since suffering a groin injury on Dec. 15.

At the time of his injury, Ersberg had posted an 8-5-2 mark with a 2.38 GAA and a .903 SV% and has taken over as the Kings No. 1 netminder. He was injured at 6:09 of the second period in an eventual 3-2 shootout loss to the Western Conference-leading San Jose Sharks on Dec. 15 at STAPLES Center. The 26-year old netminder departed with a 2-1 lead and would miss the next seven games before returning to the Kings lineup. His return and the emergence of Quick, led to the trade of Jason LaBarbera, who started the season as the Kings No. 1 goaltender, to Vancouver for a seventh-round in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft on Dec. 30.

Ersberg is 0-1-2 vs. the Ducks in his career with a 1.30 GAA and a .957 SV%.

Quick, the Kings third-round pick, 72nd overall in 2005, has posted a 3-3-0 mark with two shutouts, a 1.59 GAA and a .943 SV5.

In his last five starts, Quick is 3-2-0 with two shutouts, a 0.80 goals-against average (4 GA in 301:52) and a .970 save percentage (128 saves in 132 shots).

With the Quick illness, the Kings lineup is expected to look like this as they face the Anaheim Ducks tonight at Honda Center at 7:05 p.m.

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