The Kings recalled Kevin Gravel from their American Hockey League team in Ontario on Thursday in order to bolster their defense corps in advance of their game later in the evening against the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins.
Gravel had two assists in six games this season with the Reign.
Defenseman Brayden McNabb is on injured reserve because of an upper-body injury.
Tom Gilbert had a hearing with the NHL in the wake of his hit to the head of the Ducks’ Nick Ritchie in Tuesday’s game. Gilbert faces a possible suspension.
The Kings recalled defenseman Rob Scuderi from their American Hockey League team in Ontario on Monday in order to fill a spot on the roster after placing defenseman Brayden McNabb on injured reserve Sunday because of an upper-body injury. Scuderi, 37, hasn’t played a game this season with the Kings or the Reign. He was cut by the Kings at the end of training camp and accepted an assignment to the Reign. McNabb was hurt during a third-period collision in the Kings’ 1-0 loss Saturday at St. Louis.
The Kings will sign Anders Lindback in an attempt to add goaltending depth to the organization after Jonathan Quick and Jeff Zatkoff suffered groin injuries, according to a Swedish newspaper Tuesday. Quick could be sidelined for three months or more and Zatkoff is expected back on the ice within a week or so. Peter Budaj was expected to start for the Kings against the Columbus Blue Jackets on Tuesday.
Lindback was in the New Jersey Devils’ training camp last month, but they cut him. He played 19 games last season for the Arizona Coyotes, going 5-7-1 with a 3.11 goals-against average and an .894 save percentage. Lindback, a 28-year-old Swede, also has played with the Buffalo Sabres, Dallas Stars, Tampa Bay Lightning and Nashville Predators, who drafted in him 207th overall in 2008.
The Stockholm-based newspaper Expressen reported on its website that Lindback was expected to sign a ‘short-term’ contract with the Kings and begin playing with their American Hockey League team in Ontario. Budaj and Jack Campbell were to be the Reign’s top goalies to start this season, but they were promoted to the Kings after Quick and Zatkoff were hurt. Jonah Imoo made his AHL debut Saturday, with his father, Dusty, as his backup. Dusty Imoo is the Reign’s goalie coach.
Lindback has a 45-58-8 record in 130 games in the NHL.
Kings goaltender Jeff Zatkoff walked with a noticeable limp as he exited the dressing room after a 4-3 shootout victory Saturday night over the Vancouver Canucks at Staples Center. He couldn’t say how long he would be sidelined by a groin injury suffered at the team’s morning skate in El Segundo earlier in the day. When asked if he would be OK, Zatkoff said he didn’t know.
“We’ll see,” he said.
The Kings placed him on injured reserve with what they called a lower-body injury. Kings coach Darryl Sutter said Zatkoff’s groin tightened up on him after making a save about midway through the 30-minute workout. Peter Budaj started in goal against the Canucks and Jack Campbell was summoned from Ontario of the AHL.
Jonathan Quick, the Kings’ No. 1 goalie, hurt his groin in the season-opening loss to the San Jose Sharks on Oct. 12 and is expected to be out for about three months.
The Kings on Thursday recalled goaltender Peter Budaj from their American Hockey League team in Ontario to serve as Jeff Zatkoff’s backup, and perhaps to start a game or two, too, while Jonathan Quick is sidelined by an unspecified lower-body injury. Budaj led the AHL last season with 42 victories and nine shutouts.
In case you missed it, the Kings on Sunday assigned Peter Budaj to Ontario of the American Hockey League, ending a training camp battle with Jeff Zatkoff for backup goaltending duties. Zatkoff signed a two-year, $1.8-million free-agent contract last summer to be Jonathan Quick’s fill-in this season.
There was no formal announcement of their assignment to Ontario of the AHL on Monday, but forwards Adrian Kempe and Michael Mersch and defensemen Paul LaDue and Kurtis MacDermid didn’t join the Kings for their practice and there were no longer locker stalls with their names on them in the dressing room.
NHL opening-night rosters must be set by 2 p.m. Tuesday.
The Kings placed forward Michael Latta and defenseman Rob Scuderi on waivers Monday. The other 29 teams in the NHL have until 9 a.m. on Tuesday, to claim them. If no one does, then the Kings will retain their rights and could assign them to Ontario of the American Hockey League, a likely scenario for both.
The Ontario Reign, the Kings’ American Hockey League team, lost to the San Diego Gulls, the Ducks’ affiliate, in a shootout in an exhibition game Thursday morning at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. Ondrej Kase scored the winner in a shootout to give the Gulls a 4-3 victory.
Miles Koules’ third-period goal capped the Reign’s rally from a 3-1 deficit and sent the game to overtime. Corey Ward and Lucas Lessio also scored for the Reign, and Jack Flinn and Jonah Imoo split the goaltending duties. The teams play again Monday at the Honda Center.
The Kings on Monday assigned 15 players to the Reign, who begin training camp Tuesday at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario. Joining the Reign were: forwards Michael Amadio, Justin Auger, Sean Backman, Patrick Bjorkstrand, Paul Bissonnette, Joel Lowery, Justin Gutierrez, T.J. Hensick, Sam Herr, Lucas Lessio and Brett Sutter; defensemen Erik Cernak, Alex Lintuniemi, Damir Sharipzianov; and goalie Jack Flinn to Ontario.
The Kings also returned forward Austin Wagner (Regina) and defenseman Chaz Reddekopp (Victoria) to their teams in the junior-level Western Hockey League. Actually, this happened Saturday.