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Kings believe Doughty’s upper-body injury isn’t serious

Apr 4, 2014, 7:04 PM EDT

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The Los Angeles Kings indicate that key defenseman Drew Doughty dodged a bullet despite leaving Thursday’s game against the San Jose Sharks with an upper-body injury. LA Kings Insider passes along word from head coach Darryl Sutter on Friday that Doughty even has an outside chance of playing for the Kings on Saturday.

Doughty, 24, suffered the ailment via this collision from last night’s game:

The Kings are almost certainly locked into third place in the Pacific Division, so there might be less incentive for the blueliner to push things, although Los Angeles seems focused on entering the playoffs on a high note.

For some, the 2014 Olympics were a coming out party for Doughty, as the high-end defenseman’s numbers (37 points in 77 games) sometimes seem a little understated in the Kings’ tight system.

That Olympic run might make an argument that he could actually use a little break, but we’ll see if he needs it.

  1. patthehockeyfan - Apr 4, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    Dewey’s role with the Kings is essential. No way they’ll go far in the playoffs without him. He’s just way too important to the team. Yes, the other D men will step up; but, that’s a awfully huge hole they’d be trying to fill. Plus, it’s sometimes more the intangibles than tangibles in Dewey’s play. He reads the ice better than anyone I’ve seen, and his instincts are perfect. That, combined with his exceptional stick- and puck-handling, makes him one of the top defensemen in the NHL. World-class all the way.

    Get healthy, Dewey!

    GKG!!!

    • wtfkwp - Apr 4, 2014 at 7:40 PM

      Yup. To call him their best defenseman would sell him short for the complete game he brings to the team. Particularly, the tempo of the game completely changed when he came out because he wasn’t handling the puck out of the zone a good portion of the time any more. It also may have made it worse that Mitchell wasn’t playing, because he makes a lot of those same reads, so they were missing BOTH of them for most of that game. It was a back-to-back, though, and I’m pretty sure that’s why Greene finally came in for Mitchell.

    • blomfeld - Apr 4, 2014 at 10:25 PM

      Well said as always Pat, but what’s with all this ‘they’ stuff ? … “no way ‘they’ll’ go far in the playoffs without him” and “that’s a awfully huge hole ‘they’d’ be trying to fill” etc ?

      Now we know that you’re obviously good people by virtue of you being a King’s fan and all, however please remember that ‘we’ don’t talk like that about our own. Rather, we Kings will always tend to say things like ‘we’ will do this or ‘we’ want that, when speaking of ourselves. As you know, our ‘glorious’ SC Champion LA Kings fan base is a free & democratic movement based on the principle of ‘elan’ … one for all and all for one, come hell or high water ! :)

      GO KINGS GO ! … ‘WE’ WANT TO TAKE BACK THAT WHICH IS OURS, THE STANLEY CUP !

    • blomfeld - Apr 4, 2014 at 10:40 PM

      You too comrade Wtfkwp … please refrain from saying things like “to call him ‘their’ best defense man” and such. The bottom line friend is that ‘we’ Kings are a free & democratic fan base based on the principle of ‘elan’ … and therefore we choose to say ‘we’ when referring to anything that involves our good selves ! :)

      GO KINGS GO !!! … ‘WE’ WANT TO EXECUTE THE CANUCKS TOMORROW NIGHT !

  2. blomfeld - Apr 4, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    “Darryl Sutter even said he could possibly play on Saturday” … Comrade O’Brien @ PHT Sport News

    Praise be friends ! … :)

  3. aldog83 - Apr 5, 2014 at 1:10 AM

    For those who gave Doughty the thumbs down on the 1st Comment.

    Apparently you have not seen the Last 2 gold Medal Olympic Teams he lead and the 6 out of 7 Playoff rounds he won in the NHL playoffs with 2 trips to the Western Conference Finals and a Stanley Cup Championship.

    If Doughty Was in Boston Or in Montreal….

    There would be talk of him at 24 yrs old as a future Ray Bourque or Larry Robinson.

    (P.S. If has was let loose and not Playing Defense 1st and Winning first…..He would be in competition for the top scoring Defensemen every year and do what Karlsson or Letang can do on the scoreboard…God Sakes he led CANADA in scoring!!!! As defensemen!!)

    • blomfeld - Apr 5, 2014 at 9:56 PM

      Person A: this Aldog83 guy sure sounds like he knows what’s going on man …

      Person B: yes, I think you’re right about that …

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