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EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Goalie Jeff Zatkoff will make his first regular-season start with the Los Angeles Kings on Friday when they play the Philadelphia Flyers at Staples Center.
It comes in the Kings' home opener, on a night they kick off their 50th anniversary season by recognizing players from their inaugural 1967-68 season in a pregame ceremony. It also comes 10 years after the Kings drafted Zatkoff, who returned to the organization July 1 after a stint with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
"It's crazy," Zatkoff said. "It's funny the way it works. Everything comes back around. But I'm thrilled. I'm excited for the opportunity. It's unfortunate the way it came about. But I just have to make sure I don't try and do too much. Just have fun, play my game … to finally get your first start at home. It's pretty special."
Zatkoff assumes the No. 1 role because of a lower-body injury sustained by Jonathan Quick on Wednesday. Kings general manager Dean Lombardi said Friday the injury is in the "same area" as the groin strain in November 2013 that kept Quick out for nearly two months. Quick is consulting with several doctors on the next course of action, Lombardi said.
Peter Budaj was recalled from Ontario of the American Hockey League on Thursday and will serve as the backup to Zatkoff, who played the final two periods of the 2-1 loss at the San Jose Sharks.
Defenseman Alec Martinez, who has known Zatkoff since they were 13 and played with him at Miami University, said it's hard to replace Quick but that Zatkoff is capable.
"Obviously we have all the confidence in the world in [Zatkoff]," Martinez said. "There's a reason why he plays in the NHL. It's like anything -- a penalty, a goal, guys get injured. It's part of the game. We've done it before. We'll do it again.
Philadelphia reportedly will start goalie Michal Neuvirth in its season opener. The Flyers play at the Arizona Coyotes on Saturday and can start goalie Steve Mason in that game.
"I'm really excited," Neuvirth told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "The season is about to begin and it's a new start for everybody."
Left wing Travis Konecny and defenseman Ivan Provorov are expected to make their NHL debuts.
Kings left wing Tanner Pearson is serving the final game of a four-game suspension. Flyers defensemen Radko Gudas and Brayden Schenn are also serving suspensions.
Video: LAK@SJS: Zatkoff extends the pad to deny Boedker
Flyers projected lineup
Michael Raffl -- Claude Giroux -- Wayne Simmonds
Travis Konecny -- Sean Couturier -- Jake Voracek
Nick Cousins -- Pierre-Edouard Bellemare -- Dale Weise
Chris VandeVelde -- Boyd Gordon -- Matt Read
Shayne Gostisbehere -- Andrew MacDonald
Ivan Provorov -- Mark Streit
Nick Schultz -- Brandon Manning
Scratched: Roman Lyubimov
Injured: Michael Del Zotto (lower body)
Suspended: Radko Gudas, Brayden Schenn
Kings projected lineup
Dwight King -- Anze Kopitar -- Tyler Toffoli
Teddy Purcell -- Jeff Carter -- Trevor Lewis
Devin Setoguchi -- Nick Shore -- Dustin Brown
Kyle Clifford -- Andy Andreoff -- Jordan Nolan
Jake Muzzin -- Drew Doughty
Brayden McNabb -- Alec Martinez
Matt Greene -- Derek Forbort
Scratched: Nic Dowd, Tom Gilbert
Injured: Jonathan Quick (lower body), Marian Gaborik (foot)
Suspended: Tanner Pearson
Lyubimov could make his debut Saturday, Flyers coach Dave Hakstol told the Inquirer. … Pearson is sitting out for an illegal check to defenseman Branson Davidson in a preseason game.
Konecny led the Flyers with six points in the preseason. … Toffoli scored the Kings' only goal in their season opener, on a power play 1:22 into the game.