Ben Scrivens talks about staying sharp while waiting for his chance to shine

Kings goalie Ben Scrivens made it clear Monday there was no secret formula to going 3-0-1 in four games on the team’s trip to play the Sabres, Islanders, Devils and Rangers. There was no magic wand to be waved. It was nothing but hard work that enabled him to play so well after starting goalie Jonathan Quick suffered a groin injury during the Kings’ shootout loss Nov. 12 to the Sabres.

“I tell you what, you have to do exactly what Jones is doing right now,” Scrivens said, nodding toward the ice, where the 23-year-old Martin Jones was preparing just in case he gets the call to fill in for Scrivens. “I was fortunate we’ve been putting in some good practices in the last couple of weeks and trying to get better.

“It’s a tough job being a backup. You don’t get any credit you deserve for the amount of work you put in. Optional skates aren’t in your vocabulary. You’re usually one of the first guys on the ice and definitely one of the last guys off. Your games are practices. That’s where you’ve got to stay sharp.”

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