It should really come as no surprise that Jonathan Quick will be starting in goal for the Los Angeles Kings tomorrow as they pay a visit to Joe Louis Arena to take on Detroit. Without question, Quick has been his team's brightest star this season and Detroit fans may not be too thrilled to see him in goal tomorrow.
Of all of Jonathan Quick's performances last season, his work in Detroit stands above the rest, particular around this time last year when, on December 13, 2010, Quick stonewalled the Red Wings as he made 51 saves en route to the shutout in a 5-0 beatdown of the home team.
In his next start in Motown, Quick allowed a goal just 47 seconds into the game. From then on, however, it was more of the same as when Quick and the Kings were done in Detroit, #32 went 2-0 while stopping 79 of the 80 total shots he faced.
Is it something about Detroit or is this just the way Quick plays in general? Although the latter is accurate, there's an aura about Detroit. It's not only home to an original six team but home to probably the most successful NHL club in the last fifteen years. I mean no disrespect to any of the other NHL cities but to earn a win as a visiting goaltender in Detroit speaks wonders as if to say, "He shut down Datsyuk, Zetterberg and Lidstrom!"
Joe Louis Arena is a venue where if you pick up a win, milk it for everything it's worth because it certainly isn't something to take lightly. Jonathan Quick consistently tries to show everyone what an elite goaltender he is and even if it is because he plays on the west coast, certainly no one can ignore what he can do when he's visiting arenas along the eastern seaboard.
The Kings, unfortunately, are still riddled with a few key injuries, most notably Mike Richards. However, despite the rollercoaster that has been Los Angeles' season thus far, Jonathan Quick has never wavered in terms of skill and determination.
When I watched Quick in Detroit last season, I was literally jumping out of my seat and turning away thinking the Red Wings got a goal. Little did I know that Mr. Quick, however he did it, kept the puck out - and kept keeping the puck out.
Was he the first goaltender to make 51 saves in a game? Definitely not. But there's just something about the Motor City that stands above the rest. Jonathan Quick is simply at his best in Detroit and he shows the entire league why he is so celebrated not only in Los Angeles but everywhere Kings fans are.
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