Erik Ersberg was brought up from Manchester in an emergency recall because Jason LaBarbera is out with a groin injury. Apparently, the injury had been bothering LaBarbera for a couple weeks — though he hadn’t previously mentioned it to us — and Crawford said it took a turn for the worse recently. Cloutier will get the start in net tonight.
Then the Kings claimed Matt Ellis off waivers from Detroit. Ellis, 27, had two goals and four assists in 35 game for the Red Wings this season. He is 6-foot and 207 pounds and has 51 career games in the NHL. He’s been an energy-line guy. It looks like the Red Wings were trying to send him down to the minors, but he had to clear waivers first and the Kings swooped in. He will wear No. 8 on his Kings jersey. An addition: Ellis isn’t expected to arrive for tonight’s game.
Unfortunately, this means Lauri Tukonen is back down before getting to show what he can do. The Kings’ 11th overall pick in the 2004 draft played 9:48 in one game.