May 5: Morning skate notes - LA Kings Insider

Some notes from today’s 10 a.m. morning skate at Citizens Business Bank Arena. The Reign host the Gulls tonight in Game 1 of their best-of-7 Pacific Division finals series.

–Forwards Jonny Brodzinski and Ryan Horvat are both suffering from undisclosed injuries but did not wear red no-contact jerseys after wearing them earlier this week. Both players did stay on the ice though for extra skating with the expected healthy scratches, implying that them taking the ice tonight is not likely. Brodzinski, who has two goals in the playoffs, missed roughly half of the first period of last Friday’s game against San Jose but finished the game. Horvat has not played since Game 1 of the San Jose series.

–The Gulls took the ice for their morning skate shortly after 11 a.m. and starting goalie Anton Khudobin was not present. Khudobin was injured in a collision with teammate Brandon Montour last Friday. Matt Hackett is the expected starter for the Gulls and was first off the ice.

–Defenseman Paul LaDue has arrived in Ontario. The former University of North Dakota standout, fresh off an NCAA championship, arrived on Wednesday night. He signed a one-year entry-level contract with the Kings on April 29. Will have another post soon on his first impressions, etc.

–The Reign’s skate was optional and only forwards Sean Backman, Kris Newbury and Paul Bissonnette did not take the ice.

–Goalie Peter Budaj, as always anticipated, was first off the ice and is expected to make his fifth consecutive playoff start.

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.