Drew Doughty has been playing with the bulky face shield, which covers his mouth and jaw area, since a puck struck him in the mouth in the Oct. 10 game at St. Louis. Doughty, this morning, was awaiting the arrival of a new mouth guard that would allow him to shed the shield.
Doughty is still in danger of losing two of his front teeth, which were bonded a day after the incident. Doughty didn’t like playing with the shield for two reasons. One, he said, it impacted his vision a bit when he would look down at the puck. Two, when he got hit, the shield would actually strike his mouth area and make it hurt even more. Ouch.