Ben Scrivens took advantage of the Olympic break to settle into his new, old city. The Edmonton Oilers goaltender, who hails from Spruce Grove, had been living out of suitcase in a hotel room since acquired from the Los Angeles Kings in January. Despite the Oilers having only 22 games left this season, it's conceivable Scrivens will be in Edmonton for the long haul. He and the Oilers are suspected to be in contract talks with his current deal up at the end of the year. "I've had to do that twice now, be in a city that I was unfamiliar with, but you go into a (locker) room and you have 20 friends immediately so you have a lot of resources to help you out," Scrivens said. "Everyone has come to this city and the team at some point before you, so every problem you come across, they've already dealt with it. It's a great resource having the guys in the room. "That being said, not having to ask for directions too much is helpful. But I've also been away since I left after junior. It's been a while, so don't ask me for directions, because I probably wouldn't be able to help you out too much." Since arriving from Los Angeles, Scrivens has taken large strides making the Oilers believe he's capable of being their starting goaltender moving forward. Scrivens won three of his last four starts, which included a record-breaking 59-save shutout performance against the San Jose Sharks. He followed that up with a 41-save performance against the Boston Bruins in a losing cause, then turned away 36 shots from the New York Rangers in a 2-1 win in the penultimate game before the Olympic break. "I was pretty happy with how I was playing, I felt like I was giving the team a chance," Scrivens said. "I was seeing the puck well and that's all I can really control out on the ice. The challenge for me and Bryz (Ilya Bryzgalov), is to get back to where we were before the break. Get the speed in practice back up, get the reaction and puck tracking and all those good habits we had when we went into the break when we were playing well.
Oilers Scrivens is home again, and could be for awhile
Edmonton Sun | Feb 26