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Oilers' Scrivens to face Kings for first time since trade

by Derek Van Diest

EDMONTON -- Ben Scrivens bears no ill will towards the Los Angeles Kings.

Had it not been for his time in Los Angeles behind Jonathan Quick, Scrivens may not be in a situation to establish himself as a starting goaltender with the Edmonton Oilers.

Sunday night, when the Oilers play the Kings, Scrivens will face his former team for the first time since being traded to Edmonton. Quick will start in goal for Los Angeles.

"They gave me an opportunity to develop my game even further, so I'm extremely thankful for that," Scrivens said. "Both teams tried to make a move to make them a better team, so no hard feelings. I'm an Edmonton Oiler now and it's good to be home. I'm just going to try to play the game like I normally would."

A local area product from Spruce Grove, Alberta, Scrivens was traded by the Kings to the Oilers on Jan. 15 in exchange for a third-round selection in this year's NHL Draft.

Scrivens helped solidify the goaltending position for the Oilers and recently signed a two-year contract extension.

"He's been very vocal to start and that's Ben, he likes to get involved in the dressing room and he likes to give the guys reminders on how we need to play and what's critical in the game," Oilers coach Dallas Eakins said. "He's come in and worked extremely hard in practice. He's a student of his craft and he's got a work ethic to go with it. He's come in and played well, and he's stopped pucks. I think he's been feeling pretty good about himself and that's what you need, I don't care what position you play, you have to be feeling pretty good about yourself to play well."

In nine games with the Oilers, Scrivens is 5-4-1 with a 2.11 goals against average and .941 save percentage. He broke an NHL record on Jan. 29 for most saves in a shutout, stopping 59 shots in a 3-0 win against the San Jose Sharks.

"He's given us saves at critical times in the game," Eakins said. "On nights we haven't had it, he's been able to shut the door and keep us in it. That's what you need of your goalie. The goalie has to stop pucks that he's not supposed to sometimes."

Acquired by the Kings in an offseason deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs, Scrivens played 19 games in Los Angeles. He had a 7-5-7 record with a 1.97 goals against average and .931 save percentage.

"He was a goaltender that would find a way to make a save or battle to put himself in position to make a save," said Kings center Mike Richards. "He was a good goaltender who won a lot of games for us and helped us out at the beginning of the year."

Here are the projected lineups for both the Oilers and Kings.


David PerronRyan Nugent-HopkinsJordan Eberle

Taylor HallSam GagnerNail Yakupov

Matt HendricksBoyd GordonJesse Joensuu

Luke GazdicRyan SmythRyan Jones

Andrew FerenceJustin Schultz

Martin MarincinJeff Petry

Mark FraserPhilip Larsen

Ben Scrivens

Viktor Fasth

Scratched: Oscar Klefbom, Anton Lander

Injured: Anton Belov (abdominal)


Marian GaborikAnze KopitarJustin Williams

Dustin BrownMike RichardsJeff Carter

Dwight KingJarret StollTyler Toffoli

Kyle CliffordTrevor LewisJordan Nolan

Jake MuzzinDrew Doughty

Robyn RegehrSlava Voynov

Willie MitchellAlec Martinez

Jonathan Quick

Martin Jones

Scratched: Matt Greene, Tanner Pearson

Injured: None

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