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Eakins wants to see if Scrivens is ‘for real’

Feb 23, 2014, 5:32 PM EDT

Ben Scrivens AP

Since joining the Edmonton Oilers in a trade, Ben Scrivens has stood on his head. While he’s gone 3-3-0 in his six games there, his numbers are outstanding.

Oilers coach Dallas Eakins has Scrivens and Ilya Bryzgalov in goal and said he’ll ride the hot hand. As Chris O’Leary of the Edmonton Journal shares, he wants to know if Scrivens is the real deal.

“There’s a part of me that yeah, I want to see if Scrivens is for real,” Eakins said. “I’d like to give him more games, but then the delicate balance is handing and giving things to people. But (Scrivens) has earned his starts and, as of late, Bryz has earned his too. I think coming out of the break we’ll probably tiptoe into it a bit and get both guys up to speed.”

The Olympic break came at a poor time for Scrivens as he was playing strong including a record-setting 59-save shutout against the San Jose Sharks. The same can be said of Bryzgalov as well as his past three starts have also been strong, albeit without setting any records.

That said the opportunity is there for Scrivens to grab hold of the No. 1 job and not let go. That first opportunity to lock it down may come when the Oilers host the Minnesota Wild on Thursday.

  1. blomfeld - Feb 23, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    QUESTION: IS SCRIVENS FOR REAL ?

    ANSWER: DO FISH LIKE TO SWIM ?

    _____________________________

    An analogy could be made likening our SC Champion LA Kings to some ‘high performance’ car assembly line, say Porsche or Lamborghini if you will. For the fact is that we Kings have ‘gifted’ not one, but ‘two’ of our excellent keepers this year (Scrivens & Bernier) to bottom feeders, thus offering them a chance for survival and redemption ! … and who says the Lord doesn’t work in mysterious ways eh ? Yet here’s the kicker friends … we still have the NHL’s absolute ‘best’ goalie tandem by a country mile ! You just gotta love it ! :)

    HOPE YOU LIKE ‘DEFENSE’ BABCOCK, CAUSE GUESS WHAT’S COM’N YOUR WAY ?

    *** NHL’s Top Goalies as per The Guardian Newspaper ***

    1) Jonathan Quick
    2) Martin Jones
    3) Ben Scrivens
    4) Jonathan Bernier
    5) Cory Schneider

    28) Cloris Leachman
    29) Alexander Ovechkin
    30) Roberto Luongo

    • pfhockey - Feb 23, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      You are somethin’.

    • bsaures - Feb 24, 2014 at 4:28 PM

      I didnt know not showing up when your country needed you gets you first?

  2. muckleflugga - Feb 24, 2014 at 4:11 AM

    aaaah yes … cloris leachman … owaltine

    frau blücher in young frankenstein

    classic

  3. newjerseydevilsfanpuckcollection - Feb 24, 2014 at 9:37 AM

    Eakins saw Scriven for a while with the Marlies/Leafs organization.

    Not sure why he has to see “if he’s for real”, he’s been around him for how long already?

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