Kings Jacob Moverari of Ontario + Alexis summons tonight, Yavalu to IR

Some updates this morning, insiders.

Kings Head coach Todd McClellan stated this morning that neither defender Alex Edler nor striker Alex Ivalo will play tonight in Nashville. Edler missed yesterday’s game after taking a disk in the face during warm-ups in Detroit, while Ivalo left the game in the third inning with a lower body injury. Edler remains on the active roster at this time, while Iafallo has been placed in injured reserve as of this morning. There is a distinction that Iafallo is in an injured reserve, not a LTIR, which means the Kings free up a spot on the roster but not any extra salary space, although it’s not an issue at this time. This also means that Iafallo can be activated sooner than in LTIR. We will see how his condition develops in the coming days.

Additionally, the Kings summoned defenseman Jacob Mofrier from the Ontario-era in the AHL. Movier is expected to meet the team here in Nashville today. With Edler out at least for the foreseeable future, which means tonight’s game, the Kings have only one left defenseman – Mikey Anderson – on the active roster. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they need to specifically call a left defender, but Moverare was the last defender sent after training camp, so it makes sense that he’d be the one to get the first call. With Kings carrying two forward capable options as extras, calling in a defensive man in the meantime made more sense at this time. Without Edler and Iafallo this evening, the Kings will have 13 Attackers and seven Defenders at their disposal for the Predators tonight. We’ll reassess the situation on our way to Pittsburgh on Thursday, a lot can change now and then!

In Moverare, Kings adds a trusted and trusted option on the backend, a safe and stable game from the 24-year-old defenseman. In his first NHL campaign, when he appeared in 19 games with the Kings, Moverare played a low-action hockey style that rarely hurt Kings, especially at a time when many other defenders were off the field through injury. Moverare scored a best GA/60 (1.51) among players with at least 250 minutes in last season 5-on-5, a testament to his trademark defensive number one hockey. As we saw last season, the Kings had no problem playing Moverare in a third duo against any opponent, as the Swede played meaningful matches later in the season as the Kings pressed for playoffs, even with the others back in availability.

From the official statement of the team –

Moverare, 24, started the 2022-23 season with Reign, not scoring in two games. Last season, the 6-3, 210-pound defenseman skated in 19 games with the Kings after making his National Hockey League debut on January 6 against the Nashville Predators. He finished with a score of 2 (0-2 = 2), a plus 3 rating, and a 16:20 time average on the ice, which ranked him fourth among the best junior players in the Kings blueliners. In 30 games with Reign, Moverare scored 10 points (3-7 = 10) and a plus 6 rating. Originally drafted by the Kings in the fourth round (112 total) of the 2016 NHL Draft, Moverare skated in parts of three seasons (2020). -22) With Reign, he appeared in 58 matches and scored 25 points (4-21 = 25).

Yavalo, 28, extended his opening streak of the season (2-3 = 5) to four matches before leaving last night’s match due to injury late in the third half. At the time of his injury, he was one of five NHL players to have such an active streak through the first four games of the 2022-23 NHL season. With the help of Gabriel Velardi’s first goal in the inning last night in Detroit, the 6-0, 200-pound forward scored his 100th career pass, making him the 15th active skater unpolished in the NHL to reach this mark. Signed by the Kings as a free agent on April 19, 2017, Yavalo scored 173 points (73-100 = 173) in 365 regular season games with the Kings. He has also skated in 10 Stanley Cup playoffs, taking five points (2-3 = 5).

In the midst of a five-game wild ride, the Kings are back in action tonight against the Nashville Predators. Puck is scheduled to land at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville at 8:30 p.m. PT (6:30 p.m. PT) and will be streamed live on ESPN and iHeart Radio Network.

McClellan also shared that Cal Petersen will start in goal tonight here in Nashville in the second half of a straight set. No surprises there. More to follow in today’s game preview, which will include information on how the Kings chose to replace Iafallo in the lineup, yesterday evening’s second line and how players are working their way back into shape and the team’s plan is heading into its first- back of the season, aiming to replicate last season’s success in such these positions.

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