LA Kings LA Kings Insider Presented By Solar City Ontario Reign
April 13, 2011 9:00 am

More ice time for Doughty?

First, for those who are inclined to attend, the Kings are scheduled to practice at 11 a.m. today at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo…

The playoffs have arrived, so is Drew Doughty about to see an increase in ice time? Based on last year, the answer might be yes. Last season, Doughty averaged 24 minutes, 58 seconds, of ice time during the regular season. Then, in the six-game first-round series against Vancouver, Doughty averaged 27:25. Two overtime games in that series contributed a bit to the spike, but Terry Murray said he wouldn’t be shy about increasing Doughty’s minutes in the series against the Sharks. Doughty averaged 25:39 of ice time during the recently completed regular season.

MURRAY: “That’s not necessarily a plan that I have, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it did get up there. Your matchups, obviously, are going to be against the (Joe) Thornton line and the (Logan) Couture line, although the (Joe) Pavelski line is pretty good, too. You need your best defensemen to play a lot of minutes against those top two, top three lines.”

Rules for Blog Commenting
  • No profanity, slurs or other offensive language. Replacing letters with symbols does not turn expletives into non-expletives.
  • Personal attacks against other blog commenters, and/or blatant attempts to antagonize other commenters, are not tolerated. Respectful disagreement is encouraged. Posts that continually express the same singular opinion will be deleted.
  • Comments that incite political, religious or similar debates will be deleted.
  • Please do not discuss, or post links to, websites that illegally stream NHL games.
  • Posting under multiple user names is not allowed. Do not type in all caps. All violations are subject to comment deletion and/or banning of commenters, per the discretion of the blog administrator.