Morning skate notes: Bissonnette back, Bartosak gets good news - LA Kings Insider

A few notes from today’s morning skate at Citizens Business Bank Arena. The Reign host the San Diego Gulls, the Ducks’ affiliate, tonight at 7 p.m.

–Forward Paul Bissonnette will make his return to the lineup after missing five games due to a groin injury.

“I feel good out there, so excited to be back,” Bissonnette said after morning skate. “I haven’t played at home yet so that’s kind of cool. Just get to know the fans I guess, hopefully in a good way.”

Head coach Mike Stothers said he’s not sure who will play yet with Bissonnette, joking to say “there’s not a lot of volunteers to have him on his line.” But all jokes aside, the veteran’s return is much welcomed.

“We’re getting Biss back, which is good, gives us a little veteran presence. Gives us some energy,” Stothers said.

The addition of Bissonnette at left wing, is “definitely going to affect other lines,” Stothers said, but added “they’ll stay together,” when asked about the top line of Michael Mersch-Nic Dowd-Valentin Zykov.

Bissonnette, who said he’s hoping to get some fourth-line time with Ryan Horvat, is looking to help the younger players around him by creating energy and playing physical.

“Now that I’m back against this team you feel like you can be out there and protect them, and neutralize that, where the other guys can just focus on the game,” Bissonnette said.

–Goalie Patrik Bartosak, fresh off his meeting with his surgeon in Los Angeles on Thursday morning, was at Citizens Business Bank Arena after morning skate and very upbeat about the news he received.

“Positive things. It’s healing better, the way it’s supposed to be, so I should be ready within a couple weeks,” Bartosak said of the injury to the thumb on his catching side. “Exactly the way it was supposed to go,” he said about the recovery, “and maybe a little faster than I expected it to be but I’ll take that for sure.”

Bartosak said the surgeon did the usual, checked his thumb for range of motion, strength and recommended he continue to wear a brace for on-ice activity. Bartosak, who just started skating this week after having surgery in early October, said he’s used to the brace (so no big deal there) adding, “it doesn’t bother me in my glove.”

He wore a similar brace last year with the Monarchs.

–Peter Budaj will be in net against the Gulls for his 8th start. Budaj (5-1-1-0) is second in the league in GAA with 1.54.

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.