A quick note before we fire up the game thread: as shared earlier today, defenseman Kurtis MacDermid has been recalled from AHL-Ontario, where he had totaled five goals, 14 points, 147 penalty minutes and a plus-eight rating that’s tied for the best on the Reign and stands out on a team that has an overall minus-48 goal differential.
MacDermid won’t play tonight in Carolina but will continue to practice with the team and could enter into the rotation when the team returns home. He took the ice for warm-ups with the team at PNC Arena.
“I think right now we’ve just got to evaluate the D we’ve got and what they’re doing,” Willie Desjardins said before Tuesday’s game at PNC Arena. “He’s a strong guy, he provides a physical element, for sure. I haven’t seen him a lot right now. I think his role right now is a depth role, but he’s played in the NHL before. He’s proved he can play, so he’s the type of guy if he comes in, he’s going to give you a bit more of a presence.”
MacDermid’s last NHL game was January 15, 2018. His one NHL goal was scored on Carey Price in a 4-0 win at Bell Centre on October 26, 2017.
In 194 career AHL games, MacDermid has 16 goals, 56 points, a plus-51 rating and 481 penalty minutes. Since the start of the 2017-18 preseason, MacDermid has been credited with seven NHL fights, according to his HockeyFights.com page.
The press release details, courtesy of the LA Kings:
The Los Angeles Kings have recalled defenseman Kurtis MacDermid from the Ontario Reign (AHL), Kings Vice President and General Manager Rob Blake announced today.
The 24-year-old MacDermid (born March 25, 1994) is a 6-5, 233-pound native of Sauble Beach, Ontario who has appeared in 48 games this season with the Reign, posting 14 points (5-9=14), a plus-8 rating and a league-leading 147 penalty minutes. He made his NHL debut with the Kings last season, posting four points (1-3=4) and 57 penalty minutes in 34 games.
–Lead photo via Adam Pantozzi/NHLI