Doughty compiled two power-play assists in Thursday's 7-2 home loss to the Islanders. Doughty has four helpers through the first seven games of the regular season, but there is some level of concern that he's barely shooting the puck. The prolific two-way defenseman came close to a career high with 205 shots last season, but he's only at eight through the first seven games. One theory is that he's still figuring out the tendencies of Illya Kovalchuk, a proven sniper who immediately ascended to the top line after spending the past five seasons playing in his native Russia. Those two synced up with Tyler Toffoli for the Kings' first goal Thursday, so it's probably only a matter of time before they're producing consistently.
Doughty dished out one helper and four hits in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Jets. Doughty found Ilya Kovalchuk streaking toward the net and fed him a cross-ice pass that Kovalchuk tipped in for his first goal as a King. It was Doughty's first point of the campaign, but he does have seven hits, seven blocked shots and a plus-4 rating through three games.
Doughty (foot) returned to the ice against the Sharks on Friday after a brief injury scare, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports. Crisis averted. It appeared that Doughty was in a lot of pain after Sharks forward Timo Meier caught him on the ankle with his stick in the second period, but Doughty returned for power-play action after a brief trip to the locker room.
Doughty sustained a possible left foot injury in Friday's home game against the Sharks, Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times Based on the replay, Doughty's knee appeared to buckle and he fell to the ice in obvious pain. As noted by Elliott, the star defenseman had to be helped off the ice, and while it's too early to determine if he'll return to the contest, it doesn't look promising.
Doughty scored in the third period of Tuesday's 4-3 split-squad loss to Arizona. Doughty appears to be picking up where he left off last year, when he scored 60 points and was an instrumental part of the Kings' scoring punch. He should remain one of the game's elite defensemen after getting a salary in line with his performance in the offseason.
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