Doughty appeared to hurt his left shoulder while delivering a check to Sharks forward Tyler Kennedy. He played 5:21 in five shifts but did not see the ice after 8:42 of the period. The Kings announced midway through the second period that Doughty would not return.
"He didn't feel good enough to come back," Kings coach Darryl Sutter said after the 2-1 loss.
Sutter had no update on Doughty's condition after the game, but the Kings said the defenseman will travel with the club for its game against the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday night.
I'm just excited about the opportunity. I've been on the ice earlier than usual and in the weight room, pushing around a little more weights than usual. Every day I go into a workout with a smile on my face and ready to go. When you do have a little more responsibility, you want to take your lunch pail and get ready to work.
— Brian Elliott to Jeremy Rutherford of the Post-Dispatch on being the Blues' No. 1 goalie