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NHL Playoffs 2018: LA Kings chances much worse without Drew Doughty

Doughty was suspended for one game for an illegal check to the head of Vegas Golden Knights forward William Carrier in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series Wednesday night.

Already missing key defensive pieces Jake Muzzin and Derek Forbort, the Kings are extremely short-handed on the back end. Vegas wins its inaugural playoff gameIt started out super weird, then it started really fast, then everything just cratered in this game. The Vegas Golden Knights forward did leave the game and did not return. Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are allowing 2.7 goals per game and are killing 81.4 percent of their opponents power plays. "I don't even think we had a meeting between the first and second overtime". Through 83 regular season outings, 42 of the team's games have gone over the total, while 39 have gone under and just two have pushed.

"He's obviously a great player, but I don't think we need to change too much", Vegas defenseman Colin Miller said. "When it gets down to it, you have to rely on instincts. Some buildings you can kill a guy and not get credit for a hit". Los Angeles took control in the first overtime, but it was all Vegas again in the second. Considering how they have been only a play or two away in a couple of the losses to Las Vegas this season including two nights ago, I'm going to say the visitors find a way to get the win tonight behind another outstanding effort from Quick. He didn't practice Thursday and was listed as day-to-day by Golden Knights head coach Gerard Gallant. "I don't think for one second that was suspension-worthy", Doughty said.

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Quick was brilliant, finishing with a career-high 54 saves for the Kings, who played without Norris Trophy contending defenseman Drew Doughty. "He hits this guy, hits his shoulder first and this guy goes off", Cherry said as a replay of the hit was shown. So it's not overly surprising to see Doughty get a game. The team's had to defend opposition power plays for just 6.6 minutes per game over its last 10 outings, overall.

"They're a deep team", Tuch said. "When they're on the ice, they control the play and they played real good". They're cracking down on them harder now than in past years. "They deserve their ice time". Game 2 of the best-of-7 series is In Las Vegas at T-Mobile Arena on Friday (10 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, TVAS, ATTSN-RM, PRIME). We have educated guesses and predictions, but all of that flies out the window once the puck is dropped.

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