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Kings lose Carter for one game, maybe more (Update: He’s on crutches, in a walking boot)

Mar 30, 2012, 2:54 PM EDT

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Some tough news for the Los Angeles Kings as they push for the postseason — forward Jeff Carter will miss Friday’s game against Edmonton with an ankle injury. The severity of the injury is unknown, but the 27-year-old could be in danger of also missing Saturday’s tilt in Minnesota.

Carter hurt his ankle Wednesday in Calgary, though it’s unclear when it occurred (Carter played 17:25 and got most of his ice time in the third period.) Regardless, it’s a key loss for the Kings — he has 3G-6A-9PTS in 16 games since coming over from Columbus, clicking on a line with former teammate Mike Richards.

As for Carter’s replacement? Kings head coach Darryl Sutter was non-committal, but it’s clear he has plenty of options. Brad Richardson, Dwight King and Jordan Nolan have all been mentioned as potential fill-ins, but Sutter isn’t offering any clues.

“I haven’t decided yet,” he told LA Kings Insider. “Lots of guys can play different positions. We’ll see what the Oilers are doing first.”

The big concern for Los Angeles is the type of injury Carter’s suffered — he’s been plagued by foot and ankle issues throughout his career:

— 2006: 20 games missed (left ankle injury)
— 2010: Eight games missed (left foot injury)
— 2010: 11 playoff games missed (right foot surgery)
— 2011: 10 games missed (fractured right foot)

Of note, the Kings are 11-5 with Carter in the lineup.

Update: Lisa Dillman of the LA Times tweets that Carter is on crutches, Rich Hammond notes he’s also in a walking boot.

  1. phillyphever - Mar 30, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Thank goodness Homer got out of his mistake before it was too late. Good luck LA. Carter’s as soft as a mashmellow.

    • abrienza428 - Mar 30, 2012 at 3:26 PM

      What’s a mashmellow?

      • phillyphever - Mar 30, 2012 at 3:29 PM

        marshmallow. Blame my phone for this.

    • rainyday56 - Mar 30, 2012 at 7:41 PM

      He meant mashmellow. Marshmellows generally are tougher than Carter.

  2. sharksfan754 - Mar 30, 2012 at 3:31 PM

    I thought you just spelled it how it would be pronounced in Boston

  3. jimw81 - Mar 30, 2012 at 3:42 PM

    don’t worry kings fans, ‘the captain’ mike richards will save the day by just by skating around in circles and passing the puck around just like he did in philly whenever his buddy was out! seriously how can the richards and cartsey lovers out there continue support these guys. it’s unreal.

  4. gbiscottagecheesefatties - Mar 30, 2012 at 4:38 PM

    I hope he misses against EDM and the Oil win but then come back and destroy my Wild.

    Fail for Nail

    Go Wild! :)

  5. sjsharksfan11 - Mar 30, 2012 at 4:51 PM

    He must have stumbled after snorting that huge line of coke. Glad the party boys Richards and Carter are together again. Them mixed with Doughty are tumors in that locker room.

  6. blomfeld - Mar 30, 2012 at 11:58 PM


    Have at it people and do enjoy while you can, as your feeble attempts to insult the LA Kings are akin to a bunch of fools throwing tennis balls at a King Tiger “main” battle tank ! The loss of Carter is unfortunate, no doubt. But unlike you and these “wannabe” teams which you clowns support, the Los Angeles Kings are a proud, ardent and industrious team which is now in full “battle” mode … make no mistake about that ! Our unwavering zeal to defeat the Sisters and ultimately win the cup is exactly what keeps us going … and there’s “nothing” that you fools can do about it ! :)

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