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Drew Doughty Suspension Is Just The Latest Example of the Need To Reform Supplementary Discipline in the NHL

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty
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LOS ANGELES — As reported by numerous media outlets, and by yours truly on Twitter, the National Hockey League has suspended Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty one game for an illegal check to the head of Vegas Golden Knights left wing William Carrier at 9:58 of the third period of Game 1 of their first round playoff series on April 11, at T-Mobile Arena.

As one might expect, opinions on what transpired on the play vary wildly, from claims that Doughty made no contact with Carrier’s head whatsoever, to those saying that Doughty was headhunting, and everything in between.

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Sloppy, Careless Play Is “Definitely A Huge Concern” For LA Kings

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — One day after coming from ahead to drop a 4-3 decision to the Calgary Flames on January 4 in Calgary, the Los Angeles Kings went over their performance, especially their poor second period, during meetings at their practice facility, the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California.

“We weren’t very good in Calgary,” said head coach John Stevens. “That was one of our poorer games of the year, probably. I thought we got off to a good start, but we mismanaged the puck, didn’t match their level of urgency, and spent too much time in our zone. Even their third and fourth lines created a lot with their urgency.”

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Vegas Golden Knights Start LA Kings On Critical Stretch vs. Western Conference

Los Angeles Kings center Anze Kopitar
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — Ever since 1967, when the National Hockey League held their first expansion draft, growing from their Original Six teams to twelve, expansion teams have been forced to select players from each NHL team who were, generally speaking, not very skilled. That meant the expansion teams would struggle for, at least, a few seasons, if not far longer, just to become a winning team, let alone a playoff team or a Stanley Cup contender.

That remained true through 2000, when the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Minnesota Wild entered the league. They struggled just to be relevant for years.

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Taking Stock Of The LA Kings At The Christmas Break

Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty
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EL SEGUNDO, CA — The National Hockey League’s Christmas break is always a time to take a long, hard look at a team to see where it has been that season, and where it is likely to go, and not just because the league takes a few days off at that time.

Indeed, by the time we reach December 25, NHL teams have played enough games to get a legitimate, realistic feel for what they’re made of, and the Los Angeles Kings are no exception.

With one game left to play before Christmas (tonight at San Jose), the Kings have played 36 games, earning a 22-10-4 record, good for 48 points, putting them in first place in the Pacific Division, two points ahead of the Vegas Golden Knights.

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Jeff Carter, Drew Doughty Looked Beyond Loss In 2017 NHL All-Star Championship Game

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LOS ANGELES — Even though their Pacific Division team lost in the final game to the Metropolitan Division in the 2017 National Hockey League All-Star Game, played at Staples Center in Los Angeles on January 29, Jeff Carter and Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings were all smiles after the game, and for good reason.

“It was a lot of fun,” said Doughty. “The crowd was behind me and [Carter] the whole time, like they always are. To have the fans on our side felt pretty special and the NHL did a great job of putting on this event, both for the fans and the players.”

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