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Doughty netted an unassisted goal in Tuesday's loss to the Predators.

Doughty saw a whopping 33:40 of action in the win, the third time in four games that he's gone over the 30-minute mark. It's hard to argue with coach Darryl Sutter's decision to raise the rearguard's ice time, as he's now tallied a point in five consecutive games and has racked up seven points over his last seven contests.

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Doughty found the back of the net and added a helper in Wednesday's 6-5 shootout loss to the Ducks.

He also spent a whopping 30:30 on the ice, firing three shots on goal in the process. For all of his real-world talent and skill, Doughty doesn't make for the sexiest fantasy asset among the league's top defencemen, but his eight points, plus-three rating, and 39 shots in 16 games aren't anything to scoff at, either.

Drew Doughty D LA 4 Months

Doughty registered an assist in Sunday's loss to the Hurricanes.

Doughty has yet to find twine on any of his 27 shot attempts this season, keeping him well off pace of reaching double-digits in goals for the fifth time in his brief career. He's still attempting shots at essentially the same rate (2.25 per game) as last season, so there's reason to think the goal drought can mostly be attributed to unfortunate luck.

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Doughty assisted on two scores in Sunday's victory over the Jets.

After being held without a point on only four shots in goal in his first two goals, Doughty demonstrated his capabilities as an offensive threat Sunday. He doubled his shot total for the season with four attempts on goal, while also finishing with a plus-2 rating. Though Doughty is a solid two-way defenseman and an annual contender for the Norris Trophy, it's worth noting that he only had four multipoint games last season, which likely places him in a tier below fantasy blueline stalwarts Erik Karlsson and Shea Weber.

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Doughty (upper body) scored a power play goal and logged over 22 minutes of ice time in his first action of the preseason Tuesday.

Doughty had been held out with some sort of upper body injury sustained during offseason workouts shortly before training camp opened but had always remained confident that he'd be back in plenty of time for the regular season. He may not play in all of the remaining exhibition games but he's all set for the season opener.

Drew Doughty D LA 5 Months

Doughty (upper body) has been medically cleared to return and figures to do so this week, the LA Kings Insider reports.

Doughty could have played Sunday but was held out of the lineup for another game. Look for him to return on either Tuesday or Thursday.

Drew Doughty D LA 5 Months

Doughty (upper body) hopes to return to preseason games soon, the LA Kings Insider reports. "Everything's good," he said. "No problems, so I'm good to go whenever."

Doughty may not return Sunday but figures to make his return shortly thereafter. This doesn't look like anything that will impact his availability for the regular season.

Drew Doughty D LA 5 Months

Doughty (upper body) took part in a full practice Tuesday, NHL.com reports.

Doughty missed the first three days of training camp after sustaining the injury during offseason workouts, but was never a serious threat to miss the Kings' Oct. 8 season opener. The Kings still plan to sit the veteran blueliner during the first handful of exhibition games as a precaution, but he should get some action under his belt before the start of the season.

Drew Doughty D LA 5 Months

Doughty (upper body) is listed as day-to-day according to general manager Rob Blake, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Doughty isn't currently participating in training camp due to an upper-body injury that he suffered while training in the offseason. Considering that the Kings' don't kick off their season until Oct. 8, Doughty's chance of playing in the opener increased with this news.

Drew Doughty D LA 5 Months

Doughty (upper body) suffered an injury during the off season and will be held out to begin training camp, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.

It's currently unclear as to how serious the injury is, however the report states he did skate some Wednesday, so it's likely not serious. Doughty's status for the season opener will depend on when he can participate in training camp.