Off Day Watch, 12/14: Quick Out at Least Until Mid-February

Plus, Jeff Carter has HAD it with losing.

Here is a comprehensive list of teams with a worse points percentage on the road than the Los Angeles Kings:

New York Islanders
Vancouver Canucks
Nashville Predators
St. Louis Blues
Arizona Coyotes



  • If you want to make Jonathan Quick’s recovery timeline sound optimistic, accidentally misspeak the first time you mention it./

Regardless, it sounds like any hopes that he’d return before the All-Star Break were just that: hopes.

  • Jeff Carter is pissed./
  • Alan Thicke, one of the first “celebrity fans” of the Los Angeles Kings, passed away at the age of 69 yesterday. He had a rather notable role in the Wayne Gretzky trade. [Fox Sports]/


  • 2014 Kings draft pick Austin Wagner was cut from the Team Canada World Juniors roster yesterday, while 2016 second-rounder Kale Clague survived this round of cuts. We should find out today whether Clague will make the cut. [TSN]
  • Our sister site in Edmonton really does not want Kris Russell back. [Copper ‘N Blue]
  • You thought our second period was bad? Carolina scored six goals in the third period on Vancouver last night. [Canes Country]/


How about a Freeway Faceoff? Ontario took a 2-1 lead in the season series against the San Diego Gulls last night, as Sean Backman scored his first goal in 14 games to win it late.


Might we suggest Philadelphia-Colorado on NBCSN, at 7:00 PM Pacific? It’s a rare chance to catch an Eastern Conference team, on national TV, after you get home from work. And this particular team has won nine in a row. Plus, Wayne Simmonds has 15 goals, 28 points, and 44 penalty minutes in 31 games; he’s guaranteed to do something.