When Ben Scrivens was wowing people in the Los Angeles Kings net, the reflex was to make “Jonathan Who?”-type jokes. Now it seems like Martin Jones might just pull the same trick with Scrivens.
Jones, 23, collected his second consecutive shutout on Tuesday as the Kings embarrassed the Montreal Canadiens 6-0. He’s won all three of his games, stopping 75 of the 77 shots he’s seen at the NHL level.
Naturally, this is not to say that Scrivens hasn’t continued his strong play. He won his last game on Dec. 2 and hasn’t allowed more than two goals in a single game since he took over for an injured Jonathan Quick.
Really, Jones deserves some credit – he stopped 31 shots tonight, including 17 in the first period – but this might strengthen an argument that many might make: the Kings have a tendency to make their goalies look pretty strong.
Either way, Jones and Scrivens might just make Kings fans shrug their shoulders at news of Quick being placed on the LTIR.
The 33-year-old forward that has become known primarily for his controversial hits has once again put himself in the sights of the NHL’s Department of Players Safety. They confirmed that he was offered an in-person hearing following his hit on Jakub Silfverberg Saturday night. He declined the opportunity to meet with them face-to-face, but the offer itself is an important detail because it gives the league the option to suspend him for more than five games.
It certainly seems like the stage is set for a lengthy suspension. For one thing, Torres is a repeat offender who once was banned from 25 games for his hit on Marian Hossa in 2012, although it was later reduced to 21 contests after an appeal. The NHL found that Torres was guilty of breaking three rules for that hit; namely interference, charging, and illegally hitting the head. The NHL is reviewing Torres’ latest incident for the same three violations.
Freddie, who is the older of the two at 23, is a center that excelled offensively in the OHL and has chipped in at the AHL level. However, he has just one point in 29 contests with Colorado and the San Jose Sharks.
This is obviously not a big trade, but perhaps Freddie will eventually become a solid member of the Flames’ supporting cast. If nothing else, it didn’t cost Calgary much to reunite the brothers. The duo previously played together with the Niagara IceDogs.
"I’m looking forward to being in the same organization as my brother now and seeing what happens." – Dougie Hamilton on the trade