The Los Angeles Kings are riding a hot replacement goalie in Ben
Scrivens, who has two straight shutouts.
Scrivens is expected to make his home debut for the Kings on
Tuesday night when they try to avenge last month’s loss to the
Tampa Bay Lightning.
Jonathan Quick is sidelined indefinitely for Los Angeles
(14-6-1), with Scrivens going 3-0-0 with a 0.67 goals-against
average while starting the last three games. He stopped 26 shots in
Friday’s 2-0 win over New Jersey and made 37 saves Sunday in a 1-0
victory over the Rangers.
”It’s only three games. I wouldn’t look too much into it,”
Scrivens said. ”The guys play well in front of me. I’m just trying
to go out and give the team a chance.”
Scrivens is 4-1-0 with a 1.00 GAA and three shutouts in five
starts this season, and his eight appearances have all been on the
“He’s proven that he’s definitely a steady backup for Jonathan,”
center Anze Kopitar told the league’s official website. “When he
gets the nod, he’s pretty good. He’s (started) five games and has
three shutouts. If he keeps going at that pace I think we’re going
to be pretty happy.”
Quick was the last Kings goalie with three straight shutouts
Oct. 18-22, 2011.
Scrivens relieved an ineffective Quick in a 5-1 road loss to
Tampa Bay (14-6-0) on Oct. 15.
Martin St. Louis had two goals and an assist for the Lightning
while Steven Stamkos added two assists. The Kings, opening a
three-game homestand, won’t have to face the injured Stamkos this
A player the Lightning will see for the first time is Kings
winger Tyler Toffoli, recalled from the minors Nov. 2. Toffoli has
eight points in seven games since joining Los Angeles, scoring his
fourth goal Sunday.
“That’s why we got him here,” Kopitar said. “If he keeps doing
that, he’s going to stay here for a while. He’s not going to leave
this locker room.”
Tampa Bay had been 7-0-0 against Western Conference foes before
falling 6-3 to Phoenix on Saturday to open a four-game trip.
Ben Bishop was pulled early in the second period after conceding
three goals on 14 shots as the Lightning fell behind 3-0, with
Anders Lindback replacing him.
Bishop later said he was hit by a puck. Lightning coach Jon
Cooper said after the game that Bishop was fine.
”They’re not always going to be good nights, and tonight wasn’t
good,” Bishop said.
The loss went to Lindback, which meant that Bishop remained
unbeaten in November with a 6-0-0 mark and 1.69 GAA in seven
starts. He stopped 30 shots in last month’s win over Los
Tampa Bay fell for the first time in three games without
Stamkos, who broke his leg last Monday in Boston.
Lightning center Valtteri Filppula turned in his seventh
straight pointless effort on the road. Only two of his 15 points
have come away from home.
Tampa Bay received a boost with Saturday’s return of defenseman
Sami Salo, who missed two games with a lower-body injury.