The Kings hit the road Thursday for a four-game trip that starts Friday in Raleigh, N.C., lugging some serious baggage after four games to start the season. Here’s the second of three things to watch during an eight-night trek to play the Carolina Hurricanes, the Florida Panthers, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Nashville Predators:
When will we see Ben Scrivens get his first start with the Kings? The backup goaltender played 14 minutes, 20 seconds in one relief appearance so far, with Jonathan Quick starting each of the first four regular-season games. The schedule gets a little tight over the next few days, with games coming roughly every other day for the next week or so. Kings coach Darryl Sutter would play Quick in every game if he could, but he’s no dummy. Sutter knows it’s best to pace Quick over the long 82-game regular season. So, keep an eye out for Scrivens, who has something to prove after the Kings acquired him in the deal that sent backup goalie Jonathan Bernier to the Toronto Maple Leafs last summer.