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NHL Injury Report: Quick Could Miss 3-4 Months

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Los Angeles Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick reportedly has a serious groin injury that could keep him out 3-4 months. Quick was placed on the injured reserve on Friday, which means he will miss at least 7 days before he can be reinstated, but it is likely he will be out longer.

Quick was injured in the teams season opener on Wednesday against the San Jose Sharks. He was removed late in the first period of the game. Quick stopped 14 of 15 shots in the first period before getting injured. Backup goaltender Jeff Zatkoff replaced him, giving up a goal in the teams 2-1 loss.

Quick was said to be “week-to-week” on Thursday, but general manager Dean Lombardi told the media the injury could keep Quick out longer than they thought. He was placed on the injured reserve the next day, which came with reports he could miss 3-4 months. Quick has suffered groin injuries in the past, including one that kept him out for 2 months in 2013.

The Kings called up goaltender Peter Budaj from their AHL affiliate, the Ontario Reign, following Quick going to the injured reserve. It is unknown how they will split time up between Zatkoff and Budaj, but the Kings will need both to step up if they want to keep themselves from falling out of the playoff race early in the season, before Quick can make a difference.

Other Injury News: 

  • Buffalo Sabres forward Evander Kane is out indefinitely with cracked ribs. Kane is expected to miss “weeks” according to coach Dan Bylsma. Kane was hurt after crashing into the boards in their loss to the Canadians. He was brought to the hospital following the game, and was released Thursday night.
  • Carey Price was placed on the injured reserve with a “severe case of flu”. Price has not practiced this week, which led to him missing the season opener, and he will not travel with the team for their game in Ottawa. The Montreal Canadians called up Charlie Lindgren to backup Al Montoya while Price is out.
  • Anaheim Ducks forward Simon Despres is day-to-say with an upper body injury. Despres missed 42 games with a concussion last season, but this injury does not appear to be serious.
  • New York Rangers forward Ryan Callahan has been cleared for contact. Callahan is still rehabbing from knee surgery in June.
  • Winnipeg Jets forward Bryan Little is out indefinitely with a lower body injury. According to coach Paul Maurice, the injury is expected to be long term, but they will have a better idea in a couple of weeks. Little left the game after colliding with Carolina Hurricanes forward Bryan Bickell.
  • Columbus Blue Jackets defenseman Ryan Murray will miss the teams game on Saturday with a lower body injury. Murray hurt himself on Thursday after blocking a shot. He is considered day-to-day.