January 2 practices notes: No Mersch; outdoor game info - LA Kings Insider

Some notes from my brief visit to Reign practice today as I had other obligations that didn’t allow to stay for media availability.

–Michael Mersch did not practice. It was reported on Saturday night after Mersch was out of the lineup for the first time this season, that he is a bit banged up. The left winger is third in team scoring with 21 points (10-11).

–Also noticeably missing was forward Joel Lowry. As a result, Alex Lintuniemi subbed in as a forward on the fourth line alongside Michael Latta and Sam Herr. I’ll inquire about his status tomorrow.

–Injured players Paul Bissonnette, Andrew Crescenzi and Zach Trotman also didn’t skate.

–Rain is forecasted for Saturday’s outdoor game in Bakersfield (80 percent chance, according to weather.com). ORI inquired with Bakersfield PR and as of now the game is set to start at 6 p.m., as scheduled, and any updates of any change to that would be provided closer to game day.

–The Reign released defenseman Alexx Privitera from his PTO on Sunday. He appeared in two games during his stint in Ontario.

–Here’s a video from today’s practice, courtesy of Joey Zakrzewski, looking ahead to the outdoor game and the Reign’s full week’s worth of practice:

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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.

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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.