The Los Angeles Kings join the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Buffalo Sabres as teams that have received some bad news on the injury front this week. LA's Jonathan Quick sustained a lower-body injury in a 2-1 loss to the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday.

Quick's status was updated on Thursday.According to Curtis Zupke, an NHL.com correspondent, the goaltender's injury is such that he "was placed on injured reserve Thursday...and is considered week to week." What that means is that he'll be evaluated againin a week's time although that certainly doesn't mean that he'll be ready to play in a week.Quick, who is 30-years-old, had a good season in net last year in Los Angeles.

The career King, who is a two-time Stanley Cup champion, went 40-23 last season with a .918 save percentage.

Quick joins Crosby and Eichel as injured

He joins a couple of other big-name NHL players on the sidelines for the time being. The Pens' Sidney Crosby is in concussion protocol and hedid not playon Thursday night against the Washington Capitals. Meanwhile Buffalo'sJack Eichel will miss weeks following a practice injury on Wednesday.

Any injury has the potential to be surprisingly long termed. Jon Rosen, an LA Kings insider, quoted Dean Lombardi, the GM of the Kings, on Wednesday:

As a point to consider, last season the Montreal Canadiens' goaltender Carey Price suffered a lower-body injury.

When the injury to Price first occurred in November 2015 he was given a six-week timeline to return. After that expired the timeline was extended to the late winter. Finally it was revealed that Price wouldn't play again for the entire season.

Jeff Zatkoff replaced Quick on Wednesday

The Kings' back-up goalie is Jeff Zatkoff, a player that did not play poorly on Wednesday as he saved 93.8% of the shots he faced.

The 29-year-old has little experience to draw upon when it comes to playing regularly. The season where hesawthe most playing time was 2013/14 when he appeared in 20 games.

Currently the Kings are considered 10th favorites to win the Stanley Cup with sportsbook William Hill. However, it's not like they just lost a fourth-liner to injury for who knows how long.

Losing your starting goalie means you lose your most-played player in terms of minutes.

Los Angeles need something surprising out of Zatkoff or else the Kings need Quick to make a fast recovery. Otherwise I see them as a team with fading chances already this young season.

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