PREVIEW Ontario @ San Diego (Anaheim) - 9/30 - LA Kings Insider

WHO: Ontario Reign (0-1-0-0) @ San Diego Gulls (1-0-0-0)
WHEN: Monday, September 30, 2019 – 7:00 PM
WHERE: Honda Center – Anaheim, CA
HOW TO FOLLOW: VIDEO: None – AUDIO – Mixlr – TWITTER: @ontarioreign & @reigninsider

TONIGHT’S MATCHUP: The Ontario Reign conclude the 2019 preseason with a rematch against the San Diego Gulls. The two teams square off tonight at Honda Center, following San Diego’s 5-2 victory in Ontario on Thursday morning.

WHAT TO WATCH FOR: We’ve reached the annual Honda Center preseason contest! Last season’s edition actually provided for an entertaining game, with the Reign coming from behind to secure a late victory, on a Kyle Bauman tally. Expect more players on NHL contracts in the lineup tonight for Ontario, giving some players who did not play the morning game their first action of the preseason, along with try out players fighting for the final spots on the roster.

WHOLA LOTTA LUFF: Ontario forward Matt Luff scored his team’s first goal of the preseason with the game-opening tally on Thursday. Skating on the right wing, alongside Brett Sutter and Lance Bouma, Luff opened the scoring midway through the first period, one of two tallies for the hosts during the opening period. Luff scored at close to a point-per-game pace a season ago (.86 PPG) and will be expected to be a scoring threat again this season when he is in the AHL.

FIRST TIMERS: Forwards Rasmus Kupari and Jaret Anderson-Dolan were assigned to Ontario on Friday and are expected to make their preseason debuts later this evening in Anaheim. Kupari and Anderson-Dolan each saw preseason action with the Kings and remained with the big club past the first set of assignments. Both players are on track to begin their first North American professional seasons with the Reign.

ST. NIK: Reign center Nikolai Prokhorkin was assigned to the team on Saturday, in his first season in the Kings organization. Prokhorkin centered a line of Sheldon Rempal and Lance Bouma during practice yesterday, and could make his Reign debut tonight. Prokhorkin, a 2012 Los Angeles draft pick, signed a one-year, entry-level contract with the Kings this summer – Read more on Prokhorkin from LAKI here.

CAPTAIN CRUNCH: One name to not expect in tonight’s lineup is captain Brett Sutter. Reign Head Coach Mike Stothers said after the Thursday game that Sutter would only play one of two games, and they opted for him to play at home. Sutter is coming off one of the most productive campaigns of his professional career as he broke the 20-goal plateau for the first time, finishing with 21 total tallies.

INJURY UPDATE: Reign forward Drake Rymsha suffered an upper-body injury against San Diego on Thursday. Rymsha did not skate in yesterday’s practice and is considered longer than day-to-day, per Stothers. Rymsha’s absence opens up an opportunity for players on the bubble to either make the roster, or earn more playing time. Rymsha was projected as a bottom-six center and could give others an opportunity in his place.

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.