PREVIEW - Ontario vs. Bakersfield, 3/22 - LA Kings Insider

WHO: Ontario Reign (21-28-6-2) vs. Bakersfield Condors (37-17-3-1)
WHEN: Friday, March 22, @ 7:00 PM
WHERE: Citizens Business Bank Arena – Ontario, CA
HOW TO FOLLOW: VIDEO: AHLTV – AUDIO – Mixlr – TWITTER: @ontarioreign & @reigninsider

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Ontario Reign are finally back on home ice, returning to the Inland Empire after a five-game road trip ended last Saturday. The Reign host Bakersfield tonight, the final meeting of the season between the two teams in Ontario.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: The Reign and Condors are back at it for the second time in seven days, following last Saturday’s Bakersfield victory on home ice. The two teams will meet twice more after tonight, including Wednesday in Bakersfield. The Condors are 4-0-0 to date this season in Ontario and the visiting team is 5-1-1 overall in the season series, with the Reign at just 1-5-1 in the season series overall. Goaltender Cal Petersen was first off this morning for Ontario, while forward Jamie Devane and defenseman Justin Baudry were on late after morning skate.

SEVENTH NOT SO HEAVEN: The Reign suffered their largest defeat of the season on Saturday, as they fell 7-0 in Bakersfield on the back end of their trip. The seven goals conceded were a season-high for the Reign on the road, falling one short of their overall season high for goals allowed, while the five goals allowed during the first period tied an overall season high. The Reign were also shutout for the third time on the season.

EASY BAKE OVEN: Since seeing its 17-game winning streak come to an end earlier this month, the Condors have continued their hot play, posting a 4-1-1 record, extended with Saturday’s win over the Reign. The Condors sit atop the Pacific Division, with a seven-point advantage over San Diego, and hold the Western Conference’s best magic number at 6, the third best mark in the AHL. Bakersfield could clinch a playoff berth as early as Sunday, depending on other results.

TIED AT THE TOP: Since tying the Reign’s single-season franchise scoring record on March 8, Ontario forward Matt Moulson has gone scoreless in his last four games, keeping him even with his brother-in-law, Sean Backman, who collected 55 points during the 2015-16 season. Moulson’s 25 goals find him two shy of Jonny Brodzinski’s single-season goal record (27), set during the 2016-17 season.

FOR PETE’S SAKE: Since the All-Star Break, Reign goaltender Peter Budaj has posted a 3-1-2 record from eight appearances, with his lone regulation loss coming in a relief appearance. Budaj has amassed a .932 save percentage and a 2.25 goals against average across the eight games, including a 47-save shutout on February 23 in Ontario. Budaj has also won each of his last three starts in Ontario, with a .937 save percentage across the three starts.

SLIGHTLY SLUMPING: While forwards Matt Luff (2 assists from his last six games played) and Mike Amadio (1 goal from his last four games played) have struggled to find the net as of late, they continue to lead the way offensively. Despite the recent slow spell, Amadio still ranks tied for ninth in the AHL with ten points this month, while Luff leads the Reign with a 1.04 points-per-game scoring clip on the season.

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.