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Drew Doughty (upper body) will be available for Game 1 on Thursday.

Doughty took part in Tuesday's practice, although the skate didn't include any battle drills. "I've known I'm good to go," Doughty said. "I don't need [battle drills] to test my strength or anything like that. But it'd maybe a good idea to get in a few just to kind of get into a game situations kind of thing. I'm sure they'll have some planned for me coming up here before game one." He missed the Kings' final four regular season games due to the ailment.

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Drew Doughty missed his fourth straight game with an upper body injury.

Doughty is expected to be ready for the playoffs which get underway on Wednesday. He will finish the season with 10 goals and 37 points with a plus-10 rating and 64 penalty minutes in 78 games. Take him in playoffs pools if you think the Kings are going deep into the post-season.

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Drew Doughty's (upper body) preference would be to return before the playoffs.

Doughty will miss his second straight game on Wednesday. "It's important to get a game under you - if you can - just before playoffs," Doughty said. "Even just taking a game off, you kind of lose it. Sometimes that first or second shift is a difference maker. If you're slacking at one point during that shift, they could score a goal and that could be the winner. Ideally, if I could get in a game before the playoffs, that'd be great." The Kings have two games left in their schedule after Wednesday's contest.

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Drew Doughty (upper body) probably won't return on Wednesday.

Doughty stayed on the ice for extra work after the Kings' Wednesday morning skate, which is something he probably wouldn't have done if he expected to play. Doughty missed Saturday's contest due to the ailment.

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Drew Doughty (upper body) is traveling with the team.

We'll see if that means Doughty will be available for Wednesday's game in Calgary. He wasn't able to play on Saturday.

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Drew Doughty (upper body) skated on Monday, but he didn't last for the full practice.

It's unclear when he'll be available to return, but the Kings won't rush him back for games that mean nothing in the standings. Los Angeles has the third seed locked up and they have three games remaining.

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Drew Doughty left Thursday's contest due to an upper-body injury.

Doughty checked San Jose's Tyler Kennedy in the first period and might have hurt his shoulder in the process. With the playoffs just around the corner, this is a potentially serious blow to the Kings.

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Drew Doughty scored the game-winning goal for Los Angeles in a 3-2 defeat of the Penguins Thursday night.

Playing for the low-scoring Kings certainly holds back Doughty's offensive potential, as he's amassed just 36 points on the year despite his massive talent. Jeff Carter and Alec Martinez also found the back of the net for L.A. in the win.

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Drew Doughty registered two assists in the Kings' 3-2 loss on Thursday.

Doughty is now tied for 23rd in the defensemen scoring race with 34 points in 67 games this season. There's a good chance he'll reach the 40-point mark for the third time in his career.

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Drew Doughty had an assist in the Kings' 3-2 victory on Monday.

Doughty snapped a five-game scoring drought. He has eight goals and 32 points in 66 contests this season.