Kings coach Murray explains why Bernier will start vs NJ Devils

The biggest news item from today’s morning practice was that Kings coach Terry Murray will put Jonathan Bernier in net vs. the New Jersey Devils tomorrow night at Staples Center.

Regular starter, Jonathan Quick, is riding a three game shutout streak – the longest in team history – having just defeated the Blues, Coyotes and Stars.

Why the change? Here’s what Murray had to say about the decision for Tuesday, his conversations with both goalies and what he’s thinking about doing next weekend vs. Phoenix and Colorado…

On why Bernier will start – “It’s a decision I made a couple of days ago. I let Bernie know at the Saturday skate because I wanted to get him prepared and I knew Sunday was going to be a day off. I wanted him to have an opportunity to get himself ready and today he got a good workout in. We have a lot of games coming up and right now the schedule starts getting pretty busy. We have three Conference games right after New Jersey. So, it’s an opportunity to get him going.”

On interrupting Quick’s streak -“I made the decision before the game and I’m not going to change that. I’ve talked to Bernie about it, I’ve talked with Quicker about it….that’s the way it is.”

More on talking to Bernier ahead of time – “I let Bernier know, he was the only guy.”

On Quick’s reaction to the decision – “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. You can’t play in all 82 games, although I say ‘Why not?’ sometimes.

On the possibility of Quick playing in both games this coming weekend, back-to-back in Phoenix and Colorado – “There’s a possibility. I don’t have anything planned right now…I’ll just take a read as we move through it.”

Do the days off following this coming weekend play a factor – “Oh yea. I look at all that stuff and how the players are playing against those teams, over their history and sift it out.”

Bernier has only played in one of the Kings first seven games this season, a 4-2 loss to the Buffalo Sabres in Berlin, Germany.

The Mayor
www.twitter.com/MayorNHL
www.facebook.com/MayorsManor

RELATED ARTICLES:

Scott Parse on when he might play again and what the coaches have been telling him

Doughty, Voynov and Murray talk about the Kings puzzling blue line

Exclusive: Dustin Penner explains his injuries in exact detail

Kings coach Terry Murray on the absence of Kevin Westgarth

Coach Murray is pushing and pulling Jack Johnson

Need captions for these Kings-Sabres pics from Germany

Shop MMAOverload.com Today!

Recent Articles

Ducks Getzlaf

Kesler, Perry, Getzlaf on Ducks 4-2 Win Over LA

Postgame quotes from the Anaheim Ducks locker room following their 4-2 win over the visiting Los Angeles Kings… Ryan Kesler on the third period: “We kept with it. We didn’t let being down 2-0 going into the third period deter us from our main goal, which was winning the game. We played well all game […]

Carter vs Ducks Feb 2015

Jeff Carter on Sekera, Jones, and Ducks Forecheck

Comments from Los Angeles forward Jeff Carter following the Kings 4-2 loss to the Ducks in Anaheim on Friday night… On his overall thoughts following the last two games: “I think we slowly we started to get away from our game a little bit, get away from the things that were winning us games previously. […]

Brown v Kesler

Dustin Brown – “We didn’t make any plays in the third period”

Comments from Los Angeles captain Dustin Brown following the Kings 4-2 loss to the Ducks in Anaheim on Friday night… On his frustration: “Frustration… We understand what makes us successful. We made really good plays low when coming out of our zone in the first two and we didn’t make any plays in the third […]

Major News Items

Kings Top 10 Prospects MayorsManor

LA Kings 2014-15 Midseason Prospect Rankings: The Top 5

Finally, the wait is over. With the Honorable Mentions and Nos. 6-10 prospects previously revealed in other articles, we are now prepared to share the final five players making up the latest edition of our L.A. Kings Top … [Read More...]

More Prospect News