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Doughty's consecutive games streak to stay alive for Los Angeles despite injury; Anderson probable for Columbus

by Craig Merz / Correspondent

KINGS (11-19-2) at BLUE JACKETS (16-12-2)

7 p.m. ET; FS-O, FS-W, NHL.TV


The Game

Defenseman Drew Doughty will extend his Los Angeles Kings record consecutive games streak to 361 when the Kings visit the Columbus Blue Jackets at Nationwide Arena on Thursday.

Doughty sustained an upper-body injury in the first period of a 4-3 overtime loss at the Buffalo Sabres on Tuesday and did not return. After the morning skate Thursday, he said he left the game as a precaution.

His streak began Oct. 8, 2014. He broke the Los Angeles record, set by center Anze Kopitar, against the Winnipeg Jets on Oct. 9.

Kings defenseman Dion Phaneuf will not play; he sustained an upper-body injury against Buffalo and flew to Los Angeles for evaluation.

Los Angeles is 2-5-1 in its past eight games and has scored two goals or fewer in six of its past nine games.

Blue Jackets right wing Josh Anderson is probable to play after sustaining an upper-body injury in a 3-2 loss against the Vancouver Canucks on Tuesday.

Columbus is 1-4-0 in its past five games after going 8-2-1 in its previous 11 games.


Players to watch

Kings center Jeff Carter has 20 points (13 goals, seven assists) in 18 games against Columbus

Blue Jackets forward Artemi Panarin has no goals in his past five games and two in his past 19 after scoring 27 last season.


They said it

"I'm not worried about no streaks or nothing. I just want to be in the game because I'm a competitor and I want to help us win and I know I can help us win." -- Kings defenseman Drew Doughty

"We played the right way but we didn't get the result. That's the key. Can we stay with the concentration here and stay with the things we have to do, because we made some great corrections in our game to how we should be playing." -- Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella on a 3-2 loss to the Canucks on Tuesday


Kings projected lineup

Alex Iafallo -- Anze Kopitar -- Dustin Brown

Brendan Leipsic -- Jeff Carter -- Matt Luff

Nikita Scherbak -- Adrian Kempe -- Tyler Toffoli

Austin Wagner -- Nate Thompson -- Michael Amadio

Oscar Fantenberg -- Drew Doughty

Jake Muzzin -- Paul LaDue

Derek Forbort -- Sean Walker

Jonathan Quick

Cal Petersen

Scratched: Daniel Brickley

Injured: Ilya Kovalchuk (ankle), Carl Hagelin (knee), Trevor Lewis (foot), Jack Campbell (knee), Jonny Brodzinski (shoulder), Kyle Clifford (head), Alec Martinez (upper body), Dion Phaneuf (upper body)


Blue Jackets projected lineup

Artemi Panarin -- Pierre-Luc Dubois -- Cam Atkinson

Nick Foligno -- Boone Jenner -- Josh Anderson

Markus Hannikainen -- Alexander Wennberg -- Anthony Duclair

Oliver Bjorkstrand -- Brandon Dubinsky -- Riley Nash

Ryan Murray -- Seth Jones

Markus Nutivaara -- David Savard

Zach Werenski -- Scott Harrington

Sergei Bobrovsky

Joonas Korpisalo

Scratched: Lukas Sedlak

Injured: None


Status report

Kings coach Willie Desjardins said Phaneuf will be out "a little bit of time." … Bjorkstrand will move to Columbus' second line with Jenner and Foligno if Anderson cannot play. ... The Blue Jackets sent forward Zac Dalpe to Cleveland of the American Hockey League.


Stat pack

Atkinson has 21 points (13 goals, eight assists) in his past 14 games. … Jones has eight points (four goals, four assists) in his past seven games and is one point shy of 200 in the NHL.

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