Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty, who suffered an undisclosed upper-body injury Wednesday night during a 4-3 victory against the visiting Carolina Hurricanes, will be out "at least a week," according to Kings general manager Dean Lombardi.
Lombardi would not be specific about the type of injury.
Doughty, a finalist for the Norris Trophy last season, was hit in the neutral zone by Carolina's Erik Cole. Kings coach Terry Murray said the contact occurred well after Doughty had released the puck.
The hit was similar to that inflicted by Phoenix right winger Shane Doan on Anaheim right wing Dan Sexton last Sunday in Anaheim. Doan was suspended three games by the NHL, including for Thursday's game between Los Angeles and the Coyotes in Phoenix. The Kings are beginning a stretch of seven games in 11 days.
Doughty, who was also a member of Canada's gold-medal winning team at the 2010 Winter Olympics, led all NHL defensemen last season in game-winning goals (five), was second in power-play points (31) and third in points (58).