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Losing Scrambly Play Has Helped Ben Scrivens Shine In Goal For LA Kings

Los Angeles Kings goaltender Ben Scrivens.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — When Los Angeles Kings superstar goaltender Jonathan Quick went down with what appeared to be a groin injury at Buffalo on November 12, and again, a couple of days later when it was learned he had suffered a grade two groin strain, and would be out at least four to six weeks, grave concerns arose regarding how the team would fare without him.

But backup netminder Ben Scrivens shocked just about everyone by beating each of the three teams in the New York metropolitan area, the New York Islanders, the New Jersey Devils, and the New York Rangers.

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LA Kings Backup Goaltender Ben Scrivens: A Tale of Two Philosophies

ALSO: Video interview with Los Angeles Kings winger Dustin Brown, and an audio interview with goaltender coach Bill Ranford.


Los Angeles Kings backup goaltender Ben Scrivens, shown
here during a recent practice session.
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Prior to the start of the Los Angeles Kings 2013 Training Camp, backup goaltender Ben Scrivens talked about his transition from the Toronto Maple Leafs, and he hinted that although his work over the summer with Kings goaltending coach Bill Ranford was positive, the changes the Kings wanted him to make in how he plays did not necessarily mesh with how he was taught by former Maple Leafs goaltending Francois Allaire (now the goaltender coach for the Colorado Avalanche), and current Maple Leafs goaltending coach Rick St. Croix.

“Philosophically, we both want something that makes sense, and so far, it’s been a great dialogue,” Scrivens said about his work with Ranford and Kim Dillabaugh, who handles goaltender development for the Kings. “What he wants, he’s been able to express, explicitly, and in a way that makes sense, and resonates with me.”

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LA Kings Goalie Prospect J.F. Berube Pushed Hard To Take The Next Step

Los Angeles Kings goaltender prospect Jean-Francois Berube, shown here during the team’s 2013 Rookie Camp.
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LOS ANGELES — After completing an up-and-down—literally—2012-13 season, Los Angeles Kings goaltender prospect Jean-Francois Berube set his sights on taking the next step in his development—earning a spot on the roster of the American Hockey League’s Manchester Monarchs, the Kings’ primary minor league affiliate.

But after being unable to firmly establish himself as the number one goalie with the Kings’ ECHL affiliate, the Ontario Reign, over the prior two seasons, and especially with him not getting as much ice time last season as he did the previous year after spending several weeks with the Monarchs in a backup role, there were questions in the minds of the Kings’ brain trust about what the better move would be for Berube: do they get him more ice time by sending him back to Ontario for a third season, or do they have him play in a backup role at the AHL level with the Monarchs?

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LA Kings Looking For Goalie Prospect J.F. Berube To Step Up to #2 Position With AHL’s Manchester Monarchs

LA Kings goalie prospect Jean-Francois Berube, shown here during
pre-game warm-ups with the ECHL’s Ontario Reign.
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Photo: David Sheehan

LOS ANGELES AND ONTARIO, CA — For Los Angeles Kings goaltender prospect Jean-Francois Berube, the 2012-13 season was a step forward, but at the same time, it was also a mixed bag.

Indeed, Berube’s regular season numbers with the Ontario Reign (Kings’ ECHL affiliate) improved, year-to-year, but he played in considerably fewer games.

To illustrate, Berube, 22, played in 37 regular season games with the Reign in 2011-12, earning a 17-13-3 (and one shootout loss), with a 2.87 goals-against average (GAA), a .907 save percentage, and four shutouts.

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