February 13: Bus Texts with Stothers - LA Kings Insider

After every Reign road game I’ll try to catch up with head coach Mike Stothers from the bus to get some texts and his assessment of the game. Here’s what he had to say after Saturday’s 3-0 loss in Stockton. Nic Dowd was injured in the first period on a hit by Garnet Hathaway but did return and Adrian Kempe took a few hard slashes, which is also addressed.

Heat 3, Reign 0
The Reign fell for a third straight game after giving up two first period goals by Mason Raymond and Drew Shore. Kevin Poulin posted a shutout despite the Reign firing 36 shots on the Heat netminder. For a complete breakdown of the game, go here.

ORI: What happened with Dowd and what did you think of the game’s physicality overall?
Stothers: Dowd was hit from behind and his head hit the glass. He left the game for protocol requirements and was able to return. There was no penalty on the play as it was deemed he turned into it?? Physical is one thing, but I was more concerned with the stick work to the point I had to look up in the rule book to see if slashing is still in there? It is by the way, Rule 61. At times there was so much chopping out there it sounded like a Lumberjack building a log cabin.
ORI: Was wondering if you would bring up the slashing with what happened to Kempe. Just four goals the last three games despite averaging over 40 shots a game. Are you happy with the chances and what can the team do better?
Stothers: Yeah Kempe came back to the bench for repairs as his finger was bleeding, and yes his glove was on at the time? I thought we worked hard, and once again no one gave up an inch but I thought the previous two games we did a better job getting in front of the goalie. The only thing you can do is remain positive and keep pushing forward.
ORI: It seemed like the team fell back into old ways of penalty trouble. Your thoughts on that, particularly in the first half of the third. Seemed to kill any momentum for a comeback.
Stothers: Frustration sets in when only one team is being penalized and the other team is polishing the Lady Byng Trophy on the bench. They did not get a penalty until the latter stages of the third period and neither were for slashing Rule 61, Page 121.

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.