Faced with an oversupply of good goaltenders, the
The move, announced after the team practiced at El Segundo, wasn't surprising because of
Scrivens, who can become an unrestricted free agent this summer, is from Spruce Grove, near Edmonton. The Kings acquired him from Toronto last summer in the
Scrivens declined to comment before joining his new team in Minnesota, saying he would fulfill media requests later Wednesday or on Thursday. A few hours earlier, the Oilers traded goalie
"I hope they take dumb penalties, yup," Coach
"I think with Vancouver, we had won three of the meetings before that game so they needed to do something to get their team emotionally involved and, I guess, make us scared or scare us away and get us off our game," he said. "We didn't capitalize on what they gave us in the power plays but we still won the real battle, and that's the game."
Doughty also said the Kings' strong defensive play, physicality, and "guys that get under people's skin" often annoy opponents.
"When they're getting frustrated with not creating chances, that just boils over, all those things put together," he said. "I'm sure we're going to see that a lot more from other teams, but we're prepared for it."
Winger Tyler Toffoli's scoring drought got him assigned to Manchester, a message Sutter reinforced on Wednesday. "I was telling the guys out there, Tyler got to go down to work on his game," he said. "Some guys get to go to the press box. Some guys get to go to the end of the bench. There's not much I can do about it. It's based on performance."
AT St. LOUIS
When: 5 p.m. PST.
On the air: TV: NBCSN; Radio: 1150.
Etc.: The Kings and Blues split their previous two games this season. The Kings won, 3-2, at home on Dec. 2 and the Blues prevailed, 5-0, on Jan. 2 at St. Louis. Blues center