Doughty (upper body) is slated to dress for Thursday's matchup with Columbus. Coach Willie Desjardins told reporters the blueliner looks "good to go," Zac Dooley of LA Kings Insider reports. Doughty's availability will be a big boost for a blue line that is already going to be without Dion Phaneuf (upper body) and Alec Martinez (upper body). The 28-year-old Doughty has already cracked the 30-minute mark once this season and could conceivably do so again Thursday with the defensive options limited.
Doughty is considered day-to-day after suffering an upper-body injury during Tuesday's game versus the Sabres, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports. Coach Willie Desjardins said he kept Doughty out for precautionary measures. Expect the veteran blueliner to be reevaluated and possibly get back into the lineup Thursday against the Blue Jackets.
Doughty suffered an upper-body injury during Tuesday's game versus the Sabres and is doubtful to return, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports. The Kings are tied for last in the league, so an extended absence for their top blueliner and alternate captain could be devastating. Doughty has 17 points in 31 games while averaging a whopping 26:50 per outing and manning the top power play.
Doughty scored a goal on three shots in a 4-2 loss to the Canucks on Saturday. That's just his second goal of the season, but Doughty may be heating up, as he has a point in each of his last three games. Prior to that, he went six consecutive games with no points. Doughty has two goals and 13 points with a minus-9 rating in 22 games this season.
Doughty has just one assist in his last seven games and has posted a minus-6 rating over that span. The Kings sit last in the NHL with 15 points, so it shouldn't be terribly surprising that Doughty has managed a goal and 10 points a quarter of the way through the season. The two-time Olympian's only marker came back on Oct. 25, and since then, the 28-year-old has recorded a modest six helpers. Los Angeles needs more from No. 8 (as do his fantasy owners), at least in the goals department.
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