January 9: Bus texts with Stothers - LA Kings Insider

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After every Reign road game I’ll try to catch up with head coach Mike Stothers from the bus to get some comments via texts and his assessment of the game. Here’s what he had to say after Saturday’s shutout loss in Bakersfield.

Condors 4, Reign 0
Bakersfield scored three goals in the second period, two by Jordan Oesterle, and the Reign were shut out for a second time at Rabobank Arena this season. Goalie Eetu Laurikainen picked up a shutout in his first game since October, making 30 saves and the Reign ran into discipline issues, taking seven minor penalties.

ORI: Discipline issues seemed to creep back in tonight. What’d you think was the biggest issue for you guys tonight?
Stothers: Seven minor penalties tonight. We took eleven minor penalties the last meeting vs Bakersfield. So yes, discipline is an issue against these guys. The last time we won faceoffs and were able to clear the zone. Tonight we never won a draw, and spent the whole two minutes defending. Therefore there is not a lot of gas left in the tank for 5 on 5 or our PP. You have to start with the puck otherwise you are chasing it all night.
ORI: What’d you think of Adrian Kempe and Derek Forbort and did that second-day fatigue you mentioned become a reality?
Stothers: It would not be fair to ask me what I thought of them, or anyone, other than Budaj. Budaj was terrific!! The rest can, and needed to be better!
ORI: Looked like a one point Nic Dowd was hobbling off and then went back out. But then he didn’t play much late. You rarely sit him. Was he hurt when you went to Ryan Horvat there?
Stothers: I sat a lot of guys toward the end, not just Dowd. Went with two lines when the game was officially out of reach after they scored the fourth one. We killed a lot of penalties and some guys’ minutes were way too high for back-to-back games. No sense running the risk of injury due to fatigue, a hit or blocked shot. Some of the younger guys got a chance to extend their minutes. As a coach it allows you to evaluate how they play until the final buzzer.

Kurtis MacDermid

#56 | 6′ 5″ | 233 lb | Age: 23

Born: March 25, 1994
Birthplace: Sauble Beach, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Left


MacDermid was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on Sept. 12, 2012.

Michael Amadio

#52 | 6′ 1″ | 204 lb | Age: 21

Born: May 13, 1996
Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Amadio was selected by the Kings in the third round (90th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Lintuniemi

#10 | 6′ 3″ | 214 lb | Age: 21

Born: DOB: 9/23/1995
Position: D


Lintuniemi played in 27 games for the HIFK U18 team in Helsinki at 15-years-old, as well as seven games with the Finland U16 team. He made his professional hockey debut with the Monarchs in 2015, and has since begun playing for the Reign.

Brett Sutter

#07 | 6′ 0″ | 192 lb | Age: 29

Born: 6/2/1987
Birthplace: CALGARY, AB
Position: C


Drafted in 2005 by the Calgary Flames, Sutter was traded to the Reign in 2016. He is the son of LA Kings head couch Darryl Sutter, and the eighth member of the Sutter family to play in the NHL.