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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Kevin Gravel

#4 | 6′ 4″ | 200 lb | Age: 24

Born: DOB: 2/17/1996
Birthplace: KINGSFORD, MI
Position: D

Bio

Gravel made his NHL debut with Los Angeles in the 2015-16 season, skating with the Kings for four games before returning to AHL affiliate Ontario.
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Rob Scuderi

#0 | 6′ 1″ | 212 lb | Age: 37

Born: DOB: 12/30/1978
Birthplace: SYOSSET, NY
Position: D
Handedness: Left

Bio

Scuderi is currently playing for the Reign while under contract with the LA Kings. He has won two Stanley Cups, once with the Pittsburgh Penguins and with the Kings.
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Michael Mersch

#27 | 6′ 1″ | 225 lb | Age: 24

Born: DOB: 10/2/1992
Birthplace: PARK RIDGE, IL
Position: LW
Handedness: Left

Bio

Drafted by the Kings in 2011, Mersch is currently playing forward for the Reign. Last season, he drew into his first NHL game for the Kings, where he registered 2 shots and 3 hits.
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Michael Latta

#24 | 6′ 0″ | 207 lb | Age: 25

Born: 5/25/1991
Birthplace: KITCHENER, ON
Position: F
Handedness: Right

Bio

Prior to turning professional, Latta played major junior hockey in the OHL with the Ottawa 67’s and Guelph Storm. He was drafted into the NHL in 2009 and joined the King’s affiliate Reign in 2016.
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Adrian Kempe

#09 | 6′ 1″ | 187 lb | Age: 20

Born: 9/13/1996
Birthplace: KRAMFORS,SWEDEN
Position: LW
Handedness: Left

Bio

Growing up in Swedan, Kempe made his hockey debut in 2014 in the Swedish Hockey League. He has since been drafted by the Kings, where he is playing for their AHL affiliate team, the Ontario Reign.
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Brett Sutter

#07 | 6′ 0″ | 192 lb | Age: 29

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

Bio

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.
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