Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick has been skating regularly and is getting closer to returning from the groin injury that has kept him out since Oct. 12, LAKingsInsider.com reported Monday.
Quick, who was injured late in the first period of a season-opening 2-1 loss at the San Jose Sharks, does not have one net to himself during practice yet. Los Angeles is hoping Quick can return to action during the first half of March.
"Everything's coming along really well," Quick said Monday.
Peter Budaj has started 11 consecutive games for Los Angeles, with Jeff Zatkoff serving as backup. Budaj is 26-19-3 with a 2.14 goals-against average and .916 save percentage. He is tied with Braden Holtby of the Washington Capitals for the NHL lead with seven shutouts.
The Kings are expected to keep Zatkoff as the backup during Quick's absence, rather than promote Jack Campbell from Ontario of the American Hockey League or acquire another goalie. The NHL Trade Deadline is March 1 at 3 p.m. ET.
"We're going to do it day by day in simulated games and see exactly where he's at, and then I'll say, 'this is the game you're playing,' and that's what we'll do," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. "In terms of deadlines or any of that other stuff, that doesn't involve him and I at all. That's how we deal with that."