With the club announcing Monday that Kings defenseman Drew Doughty has been put on injured reserve as he recuperates from a concussion suffered Wednesday night against visiting Carolina, head injuries remain a hot topic in the NHL.
Stu Hackel of the New York Times provides some interesting statistics on the circumstances of concussions, stating that 75% occur when the injured player does not have the puck and a majority happen in the opening period. Both of those scenarios applied to Doughty's injury.
Michael Russo of the Minneapolis Star Tribune provided an update on Wild center Pierre-Marc Bouchard, who has recently resumed contact drills in an attempt to come back from a concussion suffered in March 2009. Bourchard returned for the season opener a year ago but then sat out the remainder of the season.
He also spoke with Kings defenseman Willie Mitchell, who suffered a concussion last January as a member of the Vancouver Canucks and missed the remainder of the season. The Kings signed him to a two-year $3.5 million deal in the offseason.
Some other updates as the Kings prepare to play in Minnesota tonight:
Russo also reports that Kings rookie Brayden Schenn will be a healthy scratch for tonight's game.
Bruce Brothers of the St. Paul Pioneer Press brings up a trend the Anaheim Ducks are familiar with, Minnesota's revolving door at the penalty box this season. The Wild and Anaheim are tied for last in the NHL with 42 short-handed situations.
The Kings received two power-play goals in a 6-4 victory Saturday at Colorado to move from 30th to 22nd in the league in power-play efficiency.