Monday, October 25, 2010
Kings: Doughty's injury has similar ring
By Dan Arritt
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.
Yahoo! Sports also writes this afternoon about the fine line players must skate when it comes to a clean hit vs. a dirty one. The NFL is going through a simlar self-examination.
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.