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Jeff Zatkoff questionable for Kings against Canucks

Goaltender injures groin during morning skate Saturday; Peter Budaj expected to start

by Abbey Mastracco / NHL.com Correspondent

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. - Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jeff Zatkoff injured his groin at the morning skate and is questionable against the Vancouver Canucks at Staples Center on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; CBC, FS-W, NHL.TV).

About 15 minutes into the skate at Toyota Sports Center, Zatkoff went down after stopping a shot and was helped off the ice and into the dressing room.

"He stopped a shot and his groin tightened up," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "I've seen it in a game. I've never seen it in a practice."

Zatkoff, 29, is 0-3-0 this season in place of Jonathan Quick, who injured his groin in the season opener against the San Jose Sharks.

Quick is out indefinitely. General manager Dean Lombardi on Wednesday told the Los Angeles Times that Quick was expected to miss about three months.

Sutter said the Kings would not know the extent of Zatkoff's injury until later in the day. Zatkoff was not made available for comment.

Goalie Peter Budaj is expected to start against the Canucks.

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