Doughty out at least eight weeks for Kings with knee injury

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Drew Doughty is expected to be out eight weeks for the Los Angeles Kings because of a knee injury.

The defenseman was injured in a 3-2 overtime loss at the Dallas Stars on Friday when he took a knee-to-knee hit from Stars defenseman Jani Hakanpaa, who received a five-minute major for kneeing and a game misconduct.

Kings general manager Rob Blake said Doughty has a tibial plateau contusion.

“Due to that hyperextension, the reason we delayed a little bit of the [injury and timeline] was we wanted to get him home and get him looked at,” Blake said Wednesday. “Drew’s timeline is roughly to begin skating around six weeks. Obviously, there’s going to be a conditioning factor and a game to play and hopefully [he resumes] play around eight weeks. This will be adjusted as we go … as we see the healing process.”

Doughty is second on the Kings with seven points (one goal, six assists) in four games this season behind center Anze Kopitar (nine points).

Doughty played a Kings-record 460 straight games prior to missing a 4-2 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning on Jan. 29, 2020. Since returning from that injury, he had played 77 straight games before missing the past two.

“Obviously, you don’t want to see him go down — it doesn’t matter who it is,” Kopitar, the Los Angeles captain, said Friday. “It’s one of your teammates, and when somebody goes down, it’s not a good feeling. So hopefully it’s nothing too serious.”

The No. 2 pick by Los Angeles in the 2008 NHL Draft, Doughty is the Kings leader in games played (979) and points (543) among defensemen and has won the Stanley Cup twice (2012, 2014).

Defenseman Sean Walker is out for the season because of an ACL and MCL tear sustained in a 3-0 loss at the St. Louis Blues on Monday.

Defensemen Kale Clague and Austin Strand were recalled from Ontario of the American Hockey League on Wednesday. Clague has four assists in five AHL games this season and played for the Kings on Monday. Strand has scored two points (one goal, one assist) in four AHL games.

“We’re going to use that depth now for sure,” Blake said. “Obviously Austin Strand came in last game. Kale Clague was recalled here today. They’ll be put into that lineup with an opportunity to play.”

NHL.com staff writer Tim Campbell contributed to this report

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