Kings defenceman Doughty return ahead schedule

KINGS DEFENCEMAN DREW DOUGHTY SET TO RETURN WAY AHEAD OF SCHEDULE

NOV 24, 2021  (15H42)      COOPER GODIN
The Los Angeles Kings are about to get a massive boost to their d-core, as early as this weekend. According to Kings insider, The Mayor, Doughty could return Saturday, but won't be back any later than Tuesday night.

"Update on Drew Doughty...From what I'm hearing, he's questionable for Saturday as of right now. However, should be back no later than Tuesday vs. Anaheim." The Mayor said on Twitter.

Earlier on Wednesday, Dennis Bernstein of The Fourth Period tweeted a picture of Doughty in a full contact jersey at Los Angeles' morning skate, which signalled to many fans across the league that the 31-year-old will be returning very soon.



The London, Ontario native has been out of the Kings' lineup since late last month after suffering a knee injury on October 22nd vs the Dallas Stars.

Following his evaluation with team doctors, it was determined that Doughty avoided a worst case scenario and suffered no ligament damage, but would still miss eight weeks of action.

Doughty's return on Saturday or next Tuesday would be a month ahead of schedule, which will provide a big boost to Los Angeles' lineup. In Doughty's absence, the Kings have gone 7-5-2.

Prior to his injury, Doughty was enjoying a great start to his 2021-22 campaign, recording seven points (one goal, six assists) in four games.

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ATLANTIC DIVISION
2021-2022 SEASON
TEAMSGPWLOLPTS
1
MAPLE LEAFS24176135
2
PANTHERS22154333
3
LIGHTNING21125428
4
RED WINGS24129327
5
BRUINS19118-22
6
SABRES22811319
7
CANADIENS24616214
8
SENATORS2041519
NHL STATS
LIVE
DECEMBER 2, 2021 G A PTS
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
1 3 4
SAM REINHART
1 3 4
AARON EKBLAD
2 1 3
VICTOR HEDMAN
2 1 3
KIRILL KAPRIZOV
2 1 3
ALEX FORMENTON
2 - 2
VINNIE HINOSTROZA
2 - 2
ANTON LUNDELL
2 - 2
JASON ROBERTSON
2 - 2
LUCAS CARLSSON
1 1 2
  COMPLETE RESULTS
NHL STATS
SEASON
2021-2022GPGAPTS
LEON DRAISAITL
21202141
CONNOR MCDAVID
21152540
ALEXANDER OVECHKIN
+1
24191838
NAZEM KADRI
+1
2092030
KIRILL KAPRIZOV
+3
2391828
EVGENY KUZNETSOV
+1
2482028
JONATHAN HUBERDEAU
+4
2381627
STEVEN STAMKOS
+1
21111325
MIKAEL GRANLUND
2352025
JOHNNY GAUDREAU
2291625
TROY TERRY
23151025
JOHN TAVARES
23111425
TIMO MEIER
+2
18111124
BRAD MARCHAND
1891524
KYLE CONNOR
22141024
MATT DUCHENE
23131124
ARTEMI PANARIN
2161723
ANZE KOPITAR
2181523
AARON EKBLAD
+3
2381423
ELIAS LINDHOLM
2291423
  COMPLETE STATS