A couple notes on today’s morning skate. Drew Doughty was once again on the ice in his yellow no-contact jersey, meaning he has yet to be cleared. I asked Terry Murray when Doughty might next see the doctor, and Murray said, “The opportunity will probably be tonight, to see the doctor at the rink. We plan on taking him with us on the road trip, kind of shooting for the end of the week here as a possibility.” The Kings play at Dallas on Thursday, at Phoenix on Saturday and at Colorado on Sunday.
Also, the Kings returned to full-team morning skates today. You might remember that, last week in Phoenix, Murray talked about holding optional skates for a while, to make sure the players weren’t worn down physically by too much on-ice activity.
MURRAY: “The concern I had, through the end of the long road trip overseas, was the fatigue factor and getting back on our West Coast time and getting our internal clock on the right time. I think the day off on Sunday was important. Talking with some of the players, they feel better, they feel like they’re back on track physically and mentally. After that, I think we’ll go to the full skates in the morning for the next little while.”