The best the Los Angeles Kings can hope for is a Christmas miracle.
On Wednesday, Kings general manager Dean Lombardi confirmed to Sportsnet 590 The Fan that goaltender Jonathan Quick will miss at least another month due to a groin injury.
Quick suffered a Grade 2 groin strain last week in a 3-2 shootout loss to the Buffalo Sabres.
The injury won't require surgery, according to the Los Angeles Times.
The good news for the Kings is that backup Ben Scrivens has been doing a marvellous job in place of Quick. In seven games, Scrivens has a 5-1-1 record.
Heading into Wednesday night's games, he was leading the NHL in goals-against average (1.35), save percentage (.949) and shutouts (3). He was also the NHL's first star last week.
Quick so far this season is 10-5-0 with a 2.35 GAA and .905 save percentage.
NHL LOOKS AT POST CAMS
The NHL is exploring new goal-line technology that includes the use of cameras inside the posts of nets, according to TSN.
The league's hockey operations division is expected to meet with a group in the near future regarding the new technology, which is designed to assist officials in determining whether a puck crosses the goal line. The NHL is keen on improving its accuracy rate when it comes to ruling on controversial goals.
Currently, the league installs cameras inside nets after the warmup prior to each game.
The league has looked at a number of options in the past, including the Hawk-Eye system used for tennis tournaments, sensors in pucks and computer-generated tracking software.
In 2011, the NHL tested a green line inside the net behind the actual goal line. The distance between both lines would be the diameter of a puck, meaning if a puck was captured touching the "verification line," it would indicate a goal.
Every option so far was abandoned due to issues with cost or problems determining accuracy.
VIGNEAULT NOT IMPRESSED
New York Rangers defenceman Michael Del Zotto is solidly in Alain Vigneault's doghouse.
"He's fighting for one of the regular six spots," the head coach told reporters of Del Zotto. "A player like Michael has to play to his strengths. I've been told his strengths are his ability to beat the forecheck, join the rush, help out on the power play and get shots through. I have not seen that on a consistent enough basis."
Vigneault's comments come a day after TSN reported that "five or six" teams, including the Ottawa Senators, were interested in trading for the blueliner.
Del Zotto's stock has fallen fast. After leading all Rangers defencemen in scoring during the lockout-shortened season with 21 points in 46 games, he has just four points in 16 games this campaign. He has been a healthy scratch the last three games.
San Jose Sharks forward Patrick Marleau was still feeling the effects of a car accident Tuesday, but was thankful the two-car collision wasn't worse.
"I was just driving on a side street, and a guy pulled out right in front of me," he told CSN Bay Area Wednesday. "I didn't have much time to react. I just hammered on the brakes, and went right into the side of him."
Marleau escaped with a few aches and pains, but the other driver wasn't as lucky.
A witness told NBC Bay Area the second driver's legs were trapped for a long period of time and he was in a lot of pain.
"They pulled him from of the car and the ambulance came and took him. But, there was no blood, or anything like that," Marleau told CSN Bay Area. "From what the paramedics saw there they said he should be OK, but I haven't heard anything more on it."
VARLAMOV CASE TO DA
The domestic violence case against Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov has been given to the Denver District Attorney to review for possible charges, according to the Denver Post.
The DA's office has until Dec. 2 to charge Varlamov after he was arrested Oct. 30 on allegations of kidnapping and domestic abuse.
The netminder retained a new lawyer last week and requested his next court date be pushed to Dec. 2.
Varlamov has been travelling and playing with the team since posting bond shortly after the arrest.
Detroit Red Wings defenceman Danny DeKeyser was placed on long-term injured reserve with a shoulder injury. The club called up Gustav Nyquist from Grand Rapids of the AHL ... With Bryan Bickell on the shelf, the Chicago Blackhawks called up Jeremy Morin from Rockford of the AHL ... After missing Tuesday's game, Colorado Avalanche centre Matt Duchene will skip the team's two-game road trip with an oblique injury ... The New Jersey Devils placed forward Rostislav Olesz on unconditional waivers ... The Minnesota Wild called up Jason Zucker to play in place of the injured Torey Mitchell ... Kevan Miller was called up by the Boston Bruins after Dennis Seidenberg was injured Tuesday ... Washington Capitals defenceman Mike Green missed his third straight game Wednesday with a lower-body injury.