Be careful what you wish for.
Coach Marco Sturm wants to be a head coach in the NHL someday, so part of his mission this season was to gain valuable experience from the top seat. He’s certainly in the thick of it currently. His team has lost six straight, recent lineup tweaks haven’t been enough to jolt the Reign back to life, and he’s especially thin at center.
Thankfully for Sturm, Sunday morning did at least bring some relief on the blueline.
Kings send Jacob Moverare back to AHL Ontario…
The Reign play in Coachella tonight
— The Mayor | Team MM (@mayorNHL) January 8, 2023
Hearing Turcotte is a bit dinged up. Expected to only be out short term.
In his absence, Austin Wagner is moving to the top line tonight (he's been productive of late, notched three goals in 4GP). That's one of a few line changes, as Sturm is shuffling the deck coming off 5 Ls.
— The Mayor | Team MM (@mayorNHL) January 7, 2023
While Jacob Moverare is expected to suit up for today’s matchup with the Firebirds, Alex Turcotte will miss his second straight game. Beyond that, we’ll likely need to wait for pre-game warmups to see exactly what Sturm has up his sleeve. The projection below is essentially what he went with on Friday, plus the addition of Moverare on defense and moving Tyler Madden back up to the top line. It’s only a guess, though.
ONTARIO REIGN PROJECTED LINEUP vs. COACHELLA VALLEY FIREBIRDS
Wagner – Tynan – Madden
Andersson – Quine – Fagemo
Ward – Thompson – Dudas
Lee – Helenius – Chromiak
Björnfot – Spence
Moverare – Allard
Bisson – Grans
Game scratches: Gaunce, Goulbourne, Nousiainen
Recalled to NHL: Kupari
Returned to ECHL: Inamoto
Out injured: Thomas, Doty
Puck drop is scheduled for 3pm PST tonight and the game can be viewed on AHL TV.
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