Drew Doughty D LA 3 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 3 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 3 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 3 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.

Drew Doughty D LA 6 Months

Drew Doughty has been quite successful thus far in hockey at the tender age of 24.

Doughty has already won two Olympic Gold Medals for Canada in addition to winning his second Stanley Cup for the Los Angeles Kings. The blueliner led all defensemen in scoring with 18 points and is one of the top five rearguards in the NHL at this time.

Drew Doughty D LA 6 Months

Drew Doughty registered an assist in Game 5's series clincher to capture the Stanley Cup.

He earned a helper on Marian Gaborik's game-tying score in the third period. Fellow Kings blueliner Alec Martinez scored the winner in double overtime. Doughty led all NHL defensemen with 18 points in 26 games during the postseason. He also posted a plus-1 rating while averaging a whopping 28:45 of ice time per contest.

Drew Doughty D LA 6 Months

Drew Doughty wants to look at Game 5 on Friday as a must win for the Kings.

"There's no way we're going to play a bad game tonight, that's for sure," added Doughty. "We are fully prepared for this game. We want it so bad. We want to win this game more than them, there's no doubt about that." Matching the Rangers' urgency will be a challenge for the Kings, as New York obviously has to win this game to avoid elimination. That being said, the Kings realize that if they lose tonight, they'll have to go back to Madison Square Garden and given the Rangers' success at home, the Kings will want to avoid that if at all possible.

Drew Doughty D LA 6 Months

Drew Doughty is getting ready for his 75th career playoff game.

Doughty is just 24 years old and is on the brink of winning the Stanley Cup for the second time. He's been a major factor in all of the Kings' recent playoff runs, logging big minutes and recording 49 points in 74 games.

Drew Doughty D LA 6 Months

Drew Doughty is currently tied for the 2014 postseason lead in power-play points with nine.

Granted, P.K. Subban also has nine points in 17 to Doughty's 23 games played, yet it's still a nice accomplishment for Doughty. He hasn't always delivered in fantasy in the same way as he's been able to do in reality, but perhaps this is a sign that the Los Angeles Kings defenseman will begin to do so? He had 16 PPP in the regular season.

Drew Doughty D LA 7 Months

Drew Doughty set a career mark for ice time in a game as he played 41:41 minutes in the Kings 5-4 win on Saturday in double overtime.

Doughty has been a stud on the blueline and while was held off the scoresheet on Saturday, he still has five goals and 17 points in 23 games to rank tied for sixth in NHL scoring during the playoffs. He is definitely a contender for the Conn Smythe Trophy.