May 19: Reign vs. Monsters WCF notebook - LA Kings Insider

We’re just a few days away from Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals between the Reign and Lake Erie Monsters on Saturday. Here’s some notes on the series for today and there will be a lot more coming in the next few days.

–This is by far the best insight we are getting from the Lake Erie perspective today, courtesy of Aaron Portzline of The Columbus Dispatch. It delves into what the Monsters think of the Reign’s system, Peter Budaj and the Reign’s defense, and more on the Monsters’ own goaltending …

–Who will tend goal for Lake Erie is a hot topic, considering the team did go with Joonas Korpisalo for the early part of the postseason. After his team went up three games to none in its last series against Grand Rapids, Korpisalo dropped two in a row and eventually was pulled in Game 6 in favor of Anton Forsberg.

“I know who we’re going with,” Monsters head coach Jared Bednar told The Columbus Dispatch on Wednesday. “But I’m not ready to tell you yet.”

Reign head coach Mike Stothers said on Wednesday that the team is wisely preparing for either.

“We always prepare for both and I think those guys both played during the regular season,” Stothers said. “I don’t know if it’s a controversy or not. It’s not for me to decide. Their coach has obviously done a good job to get them where they are and he knows their players better than I do and he’ll pick whoever he thinks is the right one to start and they’ll go from there. It’s a good thing when you can make a goalie change and get the result that you’re looking for.”

–The Monsters are traveling today to California:

–For Reign fans in Los Angeles and beyond, there’s a great offer to get from Staples Center to Citizens Business Bank Arena for Game 1:

–Eighteen-year-old defenseman Zach Werenski leads the Monsters with four goals and six assists in nine playoff games. He’s obviously highly regarded by the Columbus Blue Jackets, Lake Erie’s parent club. Here’s a video the Blue Jackets tweeted out today about why their scouts were so high on him:

–Game 4 of this series next Thursday at 4 p.m. PT will be televised live on FOX Sports Ohio.

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.