Ben Scrivens spent Christmas as a member of the Bakersfield Condors, but he’s now a member of the most famous franchise in hockey.
One day after being acquired from the Edmonton Oilers, Scrivens will make his season debut in goal for the Montreal Canadiens Tuesday night against Florida. The Oilers received forward Zack Kassian, who has not played this year after a substance-abuse suspension.
Scrivens has played 129 career games with Toronto, Los Angeles and Edmonton, compiling a 42-56-17 record and a .905 save percentage.
Scrivens was Edmonton’s No. 1 goalie last season, going 15-26-11 with a 3.16 goals-against average and an .890 save percentage, but the Oilers have gone with Anders Nilsson and Cam Talbot this year. That made the 29-year-old Scrivens expendable and a fit for Montreal, who has been looking for a veteran goalie since Carey Price was lost to a lower-body injury on Nov. 25.
Rookie Mike Condon has gone 10-9-3 and will remain the No. 1 goalie until Price returns, with Dustin Tokarski probably headed for a stint in the AHL.
The Canadiens currently lead the Atlantic Division with 45 points, one more than the second-place Panthers.