Drew Doughty (22) undergoes wrist surgery. He will miss the remainder of the Los Angeles Kings season

EL SEGUNDO in California — Although the unexpected Los Angeles KingsVeteran defenseman, fighting for a playoff spot in Western Conference Drew DoughtyHe will miss the remainder the season due to his wrist surgery.

The team announced Monday that the Norris Trophy winner underwent surgery. Although he is expected to be available for training camp, his absence hurts the Kings' chances of ending their three-year playoff drought.

Doughty sustained an injury in March's game at Boston. He has not played in 16 consecutive games in the NHL since March 10. In his 14-year NHL career, Doughty has not had to deal with any major injuries. However, he played in just 39 games this season.

Doughty, who has seven goals and 24 assists, is still the Kings' top defenseman. Los Angeles has been sliding late in the season due to Doughty's absence. Inexperienced substitutes have been used by the Kings on the blue line.

The Kings (38-25-10) have lost three games in a row and had lost 10 of their last 19. They will be playing Chicago on Tuesday night. Los Angeles is still third in the Pacific Division. But, it has lost two points to fourth-place Vegas. The Golden Knights now have a game in their hands.

Doughty (32), was an anchor on the Los Angeles backline and was part of the Kings' Stanley Cup championships.

This report was contributed by The Associated Press.

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