Ramblings: Quick Returns, Forsberg on Fire (Feb 26)

Ian Gooding

2017-02-26

Quick returns, Forsberg on fire, plus more…

If you drafted Jonathan Quick and left him on IR since he was injured on the first game of the season, you were finally rewarded on Saturday. Quick made his long-awaited return, stopping 32 of 33 shots in a 4-1 win against the Ducks. Quick appeared ready for the task in this game, so you probably shouldn’t have to worry about him performance-wise going forward. Wins might be more of a challenge than normal, however, with the Kings’ offense in the bottom third of the league.

Don’t toss Peter Budaj to the waiver wire yet if possible. The Kings play back-to-backs on Monday and Tuesday, so he should start one of those games. Even though the Kings are fighting for a playoff spot, you’d have to think that Darryl Sutter won’t overwork his top goalie.

This game was billed as the “Freeway Face-off”, but both teams were slow to get in gear with offense during the first two periods. In the third period, the Kings exploded for four goals, with Tyler Toffoli leading the charge with a pair of goals. Toffoli also scored a goal two games ago, but he had previously gone through a stretch of just one point in nine games.

The game also featured a reunion of That 70s Line, with Tanner Pearson recording three assists and Jeff Carter scoring a goal and adding an assist. With Anze Kopitar struggling mightily, That 70s Line has to be considered the de facto top line for the Kings.

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Patrick Eaves was held without a point in his first game as a Duck. Randy Carlyle seemed to experiment as to where to put him, flip flopping him between Corey Perry’s line and Ryan Getzlaf’s line. Eaves saw 16 minutes of icetime, including 2:42 on the second-unit power play.

Yesterday I talked about Ryan Getzlaf’s diminishing returns. Today I’ll mention his longtime Ducks’ teammate Corey Perry, who is on pace for just 55 points, his lowest total in a full season since 2007-08. Perry has only four goals since December 15, a span of 33 games. His shooting percentage is an abysmal 6 percent, much lower than his career 13 percent. Perry is now 31, so there could be some age-related decline in his shot velocity. But the possibility of a late-season turnaround should remain, so don’t try to actively shop him.

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With his goal and two assists on Saturday, Filip Forsberg now has seven goals and nine points over his last three games. If you own Forsberg, you’ve experienced the extreme valley and peak firsthand. But if not, I’ll tell you that Forsberg didn’t score his third goal of the season until December 13 – a span of 28 games.

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