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No recovery plan yet for Jonathan Quick

Kings goaltender, out with lower-body injury, consulting doctors to determine best course of treatment

by Curtis Zupke / Correspondent

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Goaltender Jonathan Quick's lower-body injury is in the same area as the groin strain that kept him out for nearly two months during the 2013-14 season, Los Angeles Kings general manager Dean Lombardi said Friday.

Lombardi also confirmed it is a long-term injury, though the Kings consider it week to week. He said there has been no decision on how to proceed, but Quick is in the process of visiting with doctors to determine the best course of action.

Quick was injured in the final 30 seconds of the first period of the Kings' season-opening 2-1 loss at the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday. It's believed he sustained the injury making a sliding move in the crease. He did not return after allowing one goal on 15 shots and was placed on injured reserve Thursday.

Video: LAK@SJS: Quick exits game with lower-body injury

Goalie Jeff Zatkoff will take over the No. 1 role, and the Kings have recalled Peter Budaj from Ontario of the American Hockey League. The Kings play the Philadelphia Flyers at Staples Center in its home opener Friday (10:30 p.m. ET; CSN-PH, FS-W, NHL.TV).

It is a big blow to the Kings, who already are without forward Marian Gaborik because of a foot injury. Quick led NHL goalies in total ice time (4,034:29) and was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy last season.

Quick missed nearly two months after he sustained a serious groin strain Nov.12, 2013, against the Buffalo Sabres. The Kings went 14-7-3 with goalies Martin Jones and Ben Scrivens playing in place of Quick. Quick also had surgery to repair a herniated disc in the summer of 2012 and wrist surgery June 24, 2014.

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