Goalie matchup of the night: Los Angeles (20-21-7) at Ottawa (17-24-7)

Why we care: The potential clash of rookies. Is Kings keeper Jonathan Quick a fluke? Is Senators netminder Brian Elliott for real? We still don’t know. The 23-year-old Elliott (4-2-1, .905, 2.70) lasted only 22 minutes on Super Bowl night in a 7-4 loss at Washington — but the key words there, of course, are at Washington. Quick, also 23, has struggled of late as well, stopping only 22 of 26 shots at Montreal on January 31.

The fantasy world sleeps: Quick (7-6-0, .913, 2.53) is owned in only 18 percent of Yahoo! leagues and six percent of ESPN leagues. Elliott is owned in only 30 percent of Yahoo! leagues and 14 percent of ESPN leagues.

Bottom line: Add Elliott immediately, keep Quick on your radar.

Dissection: New Senators coach Cory Clouston worked with Elliott at Birmingham, and has already confirmed Elliott will start tonight’s game (despite the disaster in Washington).

Does Kings goalie Erik Ersberg have a chance to regain his job?

Does Kings goalie Erik Ersberg have a chance to regain his job?

Elliott’s only competition for playing time is the tease known as Alex Auld; with Clouston in the fold, it might take a month of disastrous starts for Elliott to lose his job. Quick’s competition for playing time is also miniscule (i.e. Erik Ersberg). However, Ersberg (knee) returned to practice last week and gained fantasy credibility with his hot streak in early November. While Quick has performed, it would be a stretch to say he is the Kings’ unassailable starter. He is worth adding, but feel free to wait until the Kings play at Washington on Thursday night.

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