More ice time for Doughty? - LA Kings Insider

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.”