LOS ANGELES CA - OCTOBER 15: Drew Doughty #8 of the Los Angeles Kings argues his penalty against the Vancouver Canucks during the first period at the Staples Center on October 15 2010 in Los Angeles California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Kings Drew Doughty Cleared To Play, Likely Makes Return Thursday Against Lightning

The Norris Trophy finalist missed six games after suffering a concussion from a hard hit from Carolina's Erik Cole.

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Doughty Medically Cleared To Play

Drew Doughty, who suffered a concussion Oct. 20 against Carolina, was cleared by team medical personnel to return to action, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.

Doughy will likely play Thursday when the Kings, the NHL leader in wins (8) and points (16), take on the Lightning, one of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

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Drew Doughty Out At Least Seven Days

Kings defenseman Drew Doughty will miss at least seven days with an upper body injury, the team announced on Wednesday. Helene Elliott of the Los Angeles Times reports that it's likely a concussion. She also reported some details on how the team likely tested Doughty's symptoms.

A one-week rest is the waiting period prescribed for players who suffer blows to the head and afterward don't pass certain cognitive tests. After a week, players are tested again and the results are compared with baseline tests they took when they were fit. If the results don't match, they won't be cleared to play.

Erik Cole, who delivered the first period hit on Doughty that caused the injury, was not punished by the NHL for the incident.

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VIDEO: Erik Cole Collides With Drew Doughty; Will NHL Take A Look?

Erik Cole of the Carolina Hurricanes delivered this hit to Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday night. Doughty left the game and did not return.

Craig Button and Gary Green seem to believe the NHL will be taking a look at this one, but what do you think? Admittedly, the angle on that clip above isn't great, but do you think it warrants comparison to the hit that got Shane Doan suspended three games earlier this week?

At our Canes blog, Canes Country, there's oddly no mention of the Cole hit on Doughty, whether it be in the comments or the game recap.

Helene Elliott of the LA Times reported last night that Doughty's issue could be a concussion resulting from that hit. We don't know how much time he'll miss at this point.

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Doughty To Miss Game Against Phoenix Thursday

Drew Doughty will not play Thursday in Phoenix due to the upper body injury suffered in the first period against Carolina, L.A. coach Terry Murray said in a post-game interview.

Doughty could join the team later in the five-game road trip, Murray said.

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Kings Drew Doughty Leaves Game Against Hurricanes With An Upper Body Injury

Los Angeles Kings standout defenseman Drew Doughty, who has missed only one game in his two plus seasons in the NHL, left Thursday game against Carolina with "an upper body" injury, the team announced. Doughty is not expected to return.

Doughty, a Norris finalist a season ago, played just under seven minutes in the first period and did not return to the ice after the second period intermission.

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