Each team is on an extended roll, are playing well defensively and rely on a young, dynamic defenseman who eats a lot of minutes.
"Even though it's a matchup between both teams," Doughty said, "in order for us to win I have to outplay P.K."
The one area in which Doughty would love to see him and his teammates outplay Subban would be on the power play, where the Kings have not scored in eight straight games, going 0-for-30 in that span.
Doughty expressed some concern over the power play's recent efficiency, which got a chuckle out of coach Darryl Sutter.
"It's good if Drew’s concerned," Sutter said, "because he plays a lot on it."
Sutter would not confirm his starting goaltender for the game, but Martin Jones was first off the ice following the morning skate, which would suggest he will get the start for a third straight game. Ben Scrivens, the NHL's save percentage leader at .943, was slated to start Saturday at home against the New York Islanders and led the team on the ice for warm-ups, only to have Jones start the game and earn his first NHL shutout in a 3-0 win.
In Jonathan Quick's absence due to a groin injury, Sutter has had nothing to complain about when it comes to his goaltending.
"They're both kids and they're both trying to buy us some time until Jonathan Quick comes back," he said. "Whichever one plays best gets to play."
It would be tempting to look at the numbers posted by Scrivens and Jones and assume Quick's success over his career may be a byproduct of his team more than him.
Not so fast, said captain Dustin Brown.
"We don't give up very many chances," Brown said. "But in regards to [Quick], what makes him special is he has to make two or three hard saves a night. Then there are two or three saves he has no business making a night and he does. That's what makes him so great.
"[Scrivens and Jones], on the other hand, have come in with an opportunity to show the world that they can come in and play and they've both done really well."
Here's how the lineups for the Canadiens and Kings could look: