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No Carter for Kings in huge game against Sharks

Apr 5, 2012, 11:50 AM EDT

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The Los Angeles Kings are just one point shy of clinching a playoff spot.

But if they want that point, they’ll have to get it without the services of Jeff Carter.

Carter will miss tonight’s game against San Jose — his fourth in a row — with a deep bone bruise in his ankle. While tests on Monday confirmed the ankle had no structural damage, Kings head coach Darryl Sutter said he wants Carter to skate through a full practice before putting him back in the lineup.

“He’s working it out. Every day is better,” Sutter told LA Kings Insider. “He hasn’t skated yet, but he’s walking good. Every day is better.”

In other health-related news, Kings defenseman Slava Voynov is expected to play Thursday after missing Wednesday’s practice because he was “banged up,” according to Sutter.

Voynov scored the game-winning goal in Monday’s 2-0 win over Edmonton.

  1. oside760 - Apr 5, 2012 at 11:59 AM

    DAMNIT!…. it’s alright though. Kings got this one in the bag

    • themajorleagueblog - Apr 5, 2012 at 12:59 PM

      Not necessarily, the Sharks could clinch the division with a win tonight in LA, a win in the next Kings game in San Jose or a OT loss, and a Coyotes loss in regulation. Same can be said about LA, especially with the Sharks streaking, this could be dangerous for LA.

      I can’t wait, because I know it will be a good game, nonetheless.

  2. qauzaq - Apr 5, 2012 at 1:43 PM

    If the kings lose tonight in reg carter will play on sat. Hopefully that’s not the case… GKG

  3. nogoodtomedead - Apr 5, 2012 at 2:03 PM

    You think this ‘anke injury’ was one unbelievably terrible 2 week long hangover, or a series of unfortunately timed regular hangovers?

    • nogoodtomedead - Apr 5, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      ANKLE- damn my work keyboard- it sticks so much it always makes me look like an illiterate moron- when I assure you I am in fact literate- you can judge the other part of that statement

  4. highlander24 - Apr 5, 2012 at 4:36 PM

    It’s all good Kings, just slap the Sharks silly for two games and then get Carter back for the playoffs starting at home.

  5. barroomhero80 - Apr 5, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    GKG!

  6. broadstbully33 - Apr 5, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    sorry kings fans but carter us a humongous big non factor in playoffs….and known for foot/ankle injuries

  7. highlander24 - Apr 5, 2012 at 10:26 PM

    Calm down Philly.

  8. illadelphiasphinest - Apr 5, 2012 at 10:49 PM

    Ankle injury, walking boot, sounds all to familiar. Carter is so soft and I agree a total nonfactor in the playoffs. He’s terrible.

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