Preseason Preview: Ontario Reign vs San Diego Gulls
The Ontario Reign play their first of two preseason games tonight against the San Diego Gulls from Toyota Arena.
Tonight, we get our first look at the Ontario Reign in game action as they take on the San Diego Gulls at 7 pm (PT) from Toyota Arena.
If you’re not able to attend, good news – the game will be streamed live on the Ontario Reign YouTube page:
There have been many moving parts with the LA Kings and Reign roster the last few days, partly due to the natural roster trimming that goes on this time of year, but also with the injury to center Quinton Byfield.
While the NHL roster hadn’t yet been finalized, all signs pointed to Byfield making the opening night roster for the Kings. Now, there is potentially an opportunity for some other players to grab that fourth-line roster spot.
A few players were back up with the big club for last night’s win over the Anaheim Ducks but will be available for the Reign tonight:
The @LAKings are loaning the following players to the @ontarioreign:
Forwards (5): Jaret Anderson-Dolan, Samuel Fagemo, Arthur Kaliyev, Rasmus Kupari, and Alex Turcotte
Defense (1): Jordan Spence
Goaltender (1): Jacob Ingham
— LA Kings PR (@LAKingsPR) October 7, 2021
As we’ve talked about all throughout Kings’ camp, it’ll be important not to get too married to any line combinations that we see tonight. That said, it’s naturally going to be exciting to see how head coach John Wroblewski deploys certain players and what position some of the forwards will be playing. In my preview of Reign camp, I’d talked about a few things I’m going to be watching for as we get closer to the start of the season.
Also of note is how the power-play could look. There’s going to be plenty of talent to go around to be spread over two units. While I’d expect Sean Durzi to quarterback the top unit, there are a number of options on the second unit that will be interesting to monitor throughout the early part of the season.
Jacob Moverare spent some time on the power play last year, and Markus Phillips is certainly capable offensively. Kale Clague would seem to be perhaps a likely candidate as well. But the offensive skillsets of Jordan Spence and Helge Grans could allow Wroblewski to play around with a variety of options.
All in all, with the regular season just around the corner, it’s exciting to get our first look at the Reign in action.