Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick practiced in full gear Thursday, the latest step in his recovery from a groin injury sustained in the first period of the first game of the season.
"Very lucky I had good doctors, trainers," Quick told LAKingsInsider.com. "Everybody kind of put together a good program, so you look at it now and it's three and a half, four months later, but it's like every two weeks you have something that you're hoping you're able to do and you just stick to the program and you're just glad you can get on the ice and break a sweat, feel some pucks."
There was no update on when Quick might be able to play again. General manager Dean Lombardi said in December the target was mid-February. Quick is traveling with the Kings on a four-game Eastern road trip.
"It's the timeline we set, it's dead on," coach Darryl Sutter said. "This'll be 11-12 weeks, and he'd be skating prior to Feb. 1, and he'd be in full gear Feb. 1, and he is."
Quick was injured Oct. 12 with 30 seconds remaining in the first period of a 2-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks.
"I knew the feeling was a little bit different than the original," said Quick, who also injured his groin in November 2013 and missed almost two months. "You play goalie for as long as we have, you feel tweaks, and things happen all the time, so this one felt a little more significant, but at the same time, it was towards the end of the period, so I was kind of hoping that I could get in there and it'll kind of recover on its own during the course of the intermission and I could go back out there, but once I got checked out, we knew right away that I wasn't playing that night."
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Peter Budaj is 24-14-3 with a 2.01 goals-against average and .922 save percentage for the Kings, who hold the first wild card into the Stanley Cup Playoff from the Western Conference.
"I mean, yeah it's tough, you want to play, you know?" Quick said. "But you've just got to do what you have to do. You've got your program, you stick with it, and luckily there's no setbacks and you're able to just kind of stick to the schedule the whole way along, and now I get to skate."
Quick practiced for about 30 minutes Thursday and the plan is for him to receive treatment during the seven-day trip that includes games against the Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals, Tampa Bay Lightning and Florida Panthers.
"You've got a wide range of movements that you want to be able to do, and at the end of the day, you want to be able to move certain directions without even thinking about it and know that you're not guarding anything," the 31-year-old said. "I'm sure as soon as that happens, hopefully I'll be able to get out there."