Despite setting a team record for consecutive shutouts in the Los Angeles Kings' last game, Jonathan Quick won't get a chance to avenge his only defeat of the season.
With a heavy stretch of schedule coming up, coach Terry Murray will go with backup Jonathan Bernier as Los Angeles seeks a fifth straight win in a home matchup with the New Jersey Devils on Tuesday night.
Quick established a club mark with his third shutout in a row in a 1-0 victory over Dallas on Thursday, making 28 saves. With two days off, it seemed more than likely that he would get a shot at avenging a 2-1 shootout loss to New Jersey on Oct. 13 - his lone defeat in six games.
Murray, however, announced after practice Monday that Bernier would get the nod against the Devils. Starting Thursday, the Kings play three games in four nights.
"Well, I made the decision before the game (Saturday) and I'm not going to change that," Murray told the team's official website. "I've talked to Bernie about it, I've talked to Quicker about it, to let him know. I talked to him briefly about it. That's the way it is. That's the decision made."
Bernier has appeared in one game this season, a 4-2 loss to Buffalo in Berlin on Oct. 8 in which he allowed four goals on 26 shots. Quick has given up five goals on 180 shots all season.
"He's very understanding that it's the early part of the year and there's a lot of games coming up that are huge games for us," Murray told the team's website about Quick. "He can't play all 82, although I say, `Why not?' sometimes."
While the Kings (5-1-1) won't have their top goalie in net Tuesday, the Devils won't either. Martin Brodeur suffered a right shoulder injury in the Oct. 13 game and is not ready to return.
Bernier could benefit from Los Angeles' improving defense. The Kings haven't allowed more than 28 shots in the last three contests, doing so despite the absence of defenseman Drew Doughty, who is out with an upper-body injury.
Doughty is eligible to return from the injured list Tuesday, but it's uncertain if he'll play. Slava Voynov was called up when Doughty was hurt and has filled in well.
Besides Brodeur, the Devils (3-2-1) have other injury issues after losing another player over the weekend. Center Jacob Josefson broke his left clavicle in a 4-3 shootout loss to San Jose on Friday, and he's expected to miss extended time.
He joins teammate Travis Zajac (Achilles' surgery), who has yet to play this season.
New Jersey fell 4-1 at Pittsburgh on Saturday after giving up three goals in the third period. The Devils were outshot 16-5 in the final 20 minutes.
"We really didn't give ourselves a chance in the third period," said left wing Patrik Elias, whose short-handed goal in the third extended his point streak to five games.
Johan Hedberg, who has started all three games since Brodeur was injured, made 16 saves against Los Angeles. He is 2-6-0 with 3.72 goals-against average against the Kings.
The Devils had dropped three straight to the Kings before the Oct. 13 matchup. Elias has three goals and two assists in the last five meetings after scoring in the most recent game.
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