The injury bug has seem to hit the Los Angeles Kings as of late. With Jeff Carter, Jonathan Quick, and Matt Greene, and Kyle Clifford all on or soon to be heading to the Injured Reserve list, the LA Kings have called on to the American Hockey League’s Manchester Monarchs to fill the void for the said injured players. When Jeff Carter went down with a lower body injury his IR status was retroactive to October 30th and the Kings called up forwards Tyler Toffoli and Linden Vey from their AHL affiliate.
Recently defenseman Matt Greene’s IR status retroactive to november 2nd with an upper body injury, and even more recently forward Kyle Clifford’s upper body IR status that dates back to November 9th has not been easy for the Kings
Last night the Kings were in Buffalo to play the Sabres when in the overtime period goaltender Jonathan Quick suffered what seems to be a lower body injury. Back-up goaltender Ben Scrivens came in as relief through the overtime, but could not contain the Sabres in the shootout, loosing 3-2. The team took all precautions and sent Quick back to Los Angeles for further evaluations. With Quick going down the Kings called goaltender Martin Jones and forward Tanner Pearson from the AHL Monarchs. In 13 games played for Manchester, Jones is 9-2-2 with a 2.24 goals against average, a save percentage of .927 and 1 shutout. Tanner Pearson has appeared in 15 games for the Monarchs posting 7 goals, 4 assists and a +8, with 2 power play goals.
Monarchs back-up goaltender Jean-Francois Berube got the start this morning against Norfolk in a 3-1 victory over the Admirals. This was Berube’s first professional win and it is probably safe to assume he will slip into the starting role for Manchester in Martin Jones’s absence. Manchester is 10-2-1-2 and is leading the Eastern Conference in the AHL, but with all the recent call up’s we will see if they can continue this early sea on success.
Monarchs Head Coach Mark Morris also got his 300th career AHL win this morning only needing 567 games to do so. The 55 year old native of Massena, N.Y. has been with the LA Kings organization since 2006. Congratulations Coach Morris!!!