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Doughty's 460-game streak with Kings ends against Lightning

Defenseman day to day because of undisclosed injury

by Dan Greenspan / Independent Correspondent

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Drew Doughty's consecutive games played streak ended at 460 when the Los Angeles Kings defenseman was scratched against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Wednesday.

Doughty, who left practice Sunday because of an undisclosed injury, likely won't be out an extended period of time, coach Todd McLellan said. Doughty will not play Thursday against the Arizona Coyotes but could play Saturday against the Anaheim Ducks.

"Well, if he misses a game, I would consider that serious when we lose a guy that can play 30 minutes a night for us in every situation," McLellan said Tuesday. "You know, it's serious enough that he's out of the lineup. Is it career-ending? By no means. So it's a day-to-day thing, and the sooner he can get back, the better it is, but right now that's how we're treating it."

Los Angeles lost 4-2 after leading 2-0.

Doughty played every game since the start of the 2014-15 season. It was the longest streak in Kings history and the fifth-longest active streak in the NHL (Keith Yandle, 846; Patrick Marleau, 835; Phil Kessel, 825, Brent Burns, 522).

"It's special for players to do that because there's so many factors that go into [it]," McLellan said. "We think of a catastrophic-type injury that takes somebody out of the lineup, but there's so many bumps and bruises that are hard to play through, and everybody's pain tolerance is a little bit different.

"And then there's the sniffles and the flu and everything else that happens. And then there's also personal issues that go on, babies and unfortunately funerals and stuff like that that the real world has, and so do hockey players or athletes. So to have the longevity that he has had to this point has been a real good reflection on his ability to play through that."

The Kings activated defenseman Joakim Ryan from injured reserve. He missed the past 10 games with an upper-body injury. Derek Forbort returned to practice Tuesday but will not play; Kurtis MacDermid was in the lineup.

Los Angeles was playing for the first time since Jan. 18 after an NHL-mandated five-day break and the 2020 Honda NHL All-Star Weekend.

Doughty was second in the NHL in average time on ice (26:03) and one of two players averaging at least 26 minutes per game; Ottawa Senators defenseman Thomas Chabot is averaging 26:27. With 27 points (six goals, 21 assists) in 50 games, Doughty led Los Angeles defensemen in the three categories.

Doughty has 494 points (116 goals, 378 assists) in 902 NHL games, tied with Rob Blake (161 goals, 333 assists in 805 games) for most points by a Kings defenseman.

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