April 14 practice notes: Regulars to return; Crescenzi skates - LA Kings Insider

Good morning from Ontario where the Reign were on the Citizens Business Bank Arena ice by the time I arrived at 9:45 a.m. PT. They’re preparing for their penultimate game of the regular season and their last game at home before the playoffs, a 7:00 p.m. PT matchup against the San Diego Gulls.

–The handful of regulars who sat out against Stockton will be back in the lineup against San Diego. Forwards Michael Mersch, Teddy Purcell and Brett Sutter along with defenseman Vincent LoVerde and goalie Jack Campbell were all on the ice this morning for the skate. Coach Mike Stothers also confirmed they’d be back in the lineup vs the Gulls.

-Stothers declined to say who would be starting in net for the Reign tonight. Updates will follow when the Reign take the ice for warm-ups.

–Defenseman Zac Leslie took the option for this morning’s practice.

-Injured forward Paul Bissonnette did not take the ice. Forward Andrew Crescenzi and defenseman Kurtis MacDermid and Zach Trotman were on the ice but wearing red non-contact jerseys. It was Crescenzi’s first time back on the ice since being injured against San Jose on April 5th.

–Via Reign Insider:

-Stothers, when asked whether a win is secondary to the way the team plays against San Diego:
“We expect to win every game we play. Nothing changes.”

That’s all the notes for this morning’s skate. I’ll be covering for Lindsay Czarnecki during tonight’s 7:00 p.m. PT game versus the San Diego Gulls.

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.