Kings: Doughty talks injury, return

EL SEGUNDO--Kings defenseman Drew Doughty talked to the media for the first time since suffering a concussion against Carolina on Oct. 20. He’s officially out for the game Saturday night against New Jersey at Staples Center, but the team is optimistic he will return for its next game Thursday against visiting Tampa Bay.

Here’s what Doughty had to say:

Also, forward Wayne Simmonds is questionable for the New Jersey game with a lower-body injury suffered Thursday night in a 5-2 win at Dallas. Kings coach Terry Murray said he’ll have a better idea of his availability after Saturday’s morning skate.

The team held a team meeting at Toyota Sports Center, but only defensemen Peter Harrold and Jake Muzzin, forwards Brayden Schenn, Kyle Clifford, Andrei Loktionov, Trevor Lewis, Kevin Westgarth, Scott Parse and goalkeeper Jonathan Bernier practiced afterward.