Drew DoughtyFrustration with the Los Angeles Kings, who had the worst NHL record, prompted the veteran defender not to fuss over the state of the team on Thursday.
"It's pathetic, it's embarrassing, it's frustrating," Doughty told the L.A. Kings Insider after the Kings fell to 10-18-1 with a 6-3 loss to the New Jersey Devils at the Staples Center. "It's one thing to lose games when guys are competing.You can live with it.And you can live doing good things, but when we're not well and we're not competing, you can not live with it, and we have not lived with it since began to happen.
"It's going to take everyone to get us out of here, not just three or four guys."
The Kings have 1-4-0 in their last five games, 3-6-0 in their last nine games, and have scored two goals in five of their last six games.
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Doughty, who won the Stanley Cup with the Kings in 2012 and 2014, said he was dissatisfied with the level of competition in Los Angeles.
"You see some guys playing physics, and the bottom line is that Kings have to be a physical hockey team. We're not as skillful as the other teams, that's just the end result," he said. "We have to be a physical team, we have to be a difficult team to play, we have teams that come here and say," Oh, no, we have to play the LA Kings again in their arena, " ; Do you know?
"I do not see enough of the physicality of our team, I do not see enough competition and that's why we're losing those games to teams that are fighting for the last place with us in the standings as well." I'm not talking about New Jersey necessarily, I'm talking about other teams , but how we are losing to these teams.It is not acceptable. "
The Kings dismissed coach John Stevens on Nov. 4 and replaced him with Willie Desjardins, who has 6-10-0 since taking command.
Injuries have also been a factor. Goalkeeper number 1 Jonathan Quick lost 12 sets after surgery to repair a torn meniscus on his knee October 30, and forward Dustin Brown lost the first 10 games with a broken finger.
Doughty, who has 16 points (two goals, 14 assists) in 29 games this season, said it was up to the Kings to get their bearings back. Los Angeles hosts the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday (4 pm ET; FS-W, ATTSN-RM, NHL.TV).
"It's frustrating, it's embarrassing, it's a lot of things," he said. "I just do not see enough excitement from the whole group to get us out of it, it's not going to take three or four different guys every night, you have to take the whole group, and I know nobody's seeing the excitement." out there.
"We're playing with a lack of emotion and that's the bottom line."