A fresh season hasn't changed the mind of Drew Doughty when it comes to his thoughts about Calgary Flames winger Matthew Tkachuk.

The Los Angeles Kings defender was asked about the status of his rivalry with the Flames' pest ahead of Tuesday's matchup, and he gave a blunt response.

"I think we both know who the better player is, so if he wants to compliment me first, I'll give him one back," Doughty said, per Kristen Anderson of the Calgary Sun.