The focus tonight will be on goaltending as the Los Angeles Kings are in town to take on the Maple Leafs. Tonight marks the return of ex-Maple Leaf goaltender Ben Scrivens who is putting together a breakout campaign in his first season with the Kings.
Scrivens was never able to out-duel James Reimer for the starting job in Toronto and he’s facing an uphill battle to steal the #1 spot from all-star goaltender Jonathan Quick in LA. However thanks to an injury to Quick, Scrivens has been able to step into the stoplight and he has taken full advantage of the opportunity.
Ben Scrivens is ranked among the best goaltenders in the league in several of the key statistical categories: 1st in SV% at .943, 2nd in GAA at 1.56 and tied for 1st in shutouts with 3. Perhaps most remarkably, he’s only allowed more than 2 goals in a game once this season. Despite having just 47 NHL games under his belt, Scrivens’ play as of late suggests the Leafs may have given up on him prematurely.
Those that were hoping to see a Scrivens vs. Bernier “Trade Battle” in net tonight will be disappointed. Remarkably there’s a hotter goalie in LA these days by the name of Martin Jones who is rumoured to be getting the start. Jones has won the first three starts of his NHL career and is riding a 2-game shutout streak into tonight’s match-up. Quick better be ready to go when he returns from injury because there’s going to be a battle on his hands to wrestle away the starts from the likes of Jones and Scrivens.
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