Los Angeles Kings goaltender Ben Scrivens has the next four to six weeks to raise his NHL profile.
Scrivens saw only sporadic action for the Kings since arriving in the Jonathan Bernier deal. He arrived with modest credentials, having won just 11 games for the Toronto Maple Leafs while shuttling between the AHL and NHL.
But with Jonathan Quick shelved by a significant groin muscle strain, Scrivens suddenly became The Man in goal for LA.
He won his first two starts, allowing just two goals in the process.
“It’s great playing behind these guys,” Scrivens told reporters following the Kings. “They’re a very disciplined team on the defensive side of the puck, and it makes my job easier. So you’re just forced to try and stops the shots you should, and make a couple that you shouldn’t, and just give the team a chance. It’s been a real pleasure for me playing behind these guys.”
His road trick got a rocky start when he replaced the injured Quick in overtime in Buffalo and suffered the shootout loss.
“Obviously it has been kind of a crazy trip with Quickie going down, but you’ve got to be ready,” Scrivens said. “Two games is great to get those wins, but we’ve got a lot of work to do, and you can’t . . . let off. You’ve got to try and maintain some consistency in your game, so that’s the ongoing challenge that I’m facing right now, is to try and replicate over and over.”