EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Drew Doughty didn't have to think long to pinpoint when and where he really got motivated him to elevate his game.
Amped up for a matchup against Steven Stamkos and the Tampa Bay Lightning on Oct. 15, Doughty was a minus-4 in a 5-1 loss that night.
"My last bad game I can recall was Tampa Bay in Tampa Bay," Doughty said Thursday before his Los Angeles Kings played the New Jersey Devils at Staples Center.
"I was really [upset] at myself. That was a big game for me: me against Stamkos. I wanted to shut him down and not let him get anything, and then he lit me up. I really made sure that after that game I was going to do something about it, and I think I've played at both ends of the ice."
Although his offensive numbers aren't gaudy, Doughty is working his way back into Norris Trophy form with terrific two-way play. He is coming off perhaps his best game of the season, a plus-3 performance against Tampa Bay.
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Doughty endured struggles statistically last season, notably his 28-game goal-less streak at the start. He's not among the NHL's top defensemen in terms of offense, but he has an even or plus-rating in 16 of 22 games this season and does have 11 points in the past 14 games.
"As you can see, I'm doing those little things right, and the points are coming," he said. "Whereas last year maybe I was too hungry for the points with the lack of them, that I was trying too hard, and it was making me not as good in my own [end]. I feel great this year. I feel like I'm playing very well."
Here are the expected lineups:
Dainius Zubrus – Travis Zajac – Jaromir Jagr
Patrik Elias – Adam Henrique – Michael Ryder
Mattias Tedenby – Andrei Loktionov – Steve Bernier
Ryan Carter – Stephen Gionta – Cam Janssen
Andy Greene – Marek Zidlicky
Eric Gelinas - Adam Larsson
Peter Harrold - Mark Fayne
Scratched: Jacob Josefson, Damien Brunner
Injured: Anton Volchenkov (leg), Ryane Clowe (head), Bryce Salvador (foot)
Notes: Only a handful of Devils were expected to skate on Thursday after their 4-3 overtime win at the Anaheim Ducks on Wednesday.
Schneider, who stopped 19 of 20 shots when these teams met at Prudential Center on Nov. 15, will make his first start since then. He's 1-5-3 this season despite a 1.98 goals-against average and .918 save percentage.
Dustin Brown – Anze Kopitar – Justin Williams
Dwight King – Mike Richards – Tyler Toffoli
Daniel Carcillo – Jarret Stoll – Matt Frattin
Tanner Pearson – Linden Vey – Trevor Lewis
Jake Muzzin – Drew Doughty
Robyn Regehr – Slava Voynov
Willie Mitchell – Alec Martinez
Scratched: Jordan Nolan, Colin Fraser
Injured: Jonathan Quick (groin), Jeff Carter (foot), Matt Greene (upper body), Kyle Clifford (upper body)
Notes: Carter and Clifford continue to skate at the end of practices but are not yet participating with the team. The lineup appears to be the same.
Scrivens was off the ice first. He is 4-0-0 with a 1.00 GAA in his past four starts, including two shutouts. One of those was a 2-0 win against New Jersey and Schneider.
Frattin is wearing a face shield after he received 14 stitches from a high stick on Tuesday.