Lightning-Kings Preview

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.