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Jeff Carter prefers the NHL rink dimensions to the international one featured in the Olympics.

"It almost feels like there's more room over there, in the NHL. The ice is smaller but I feel like guys are a little more spread out," he said. "They force more on the boards. Where here, you get the puck on the wall, teams kind of back off and give you that space on the wall and just clog up the middle. It's a little bit different." It's been an adjustment for players accustomed to the North American-sized arenas and there has been some suffocating defense displayed in the middle of the ice throughout the tournament.

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Jeff Carter scored a hat trick in under 12 minutes against Austria.

Canada has a 6-0 lead over Austria after two periods. They've been night and day compared to their sluggish start against Norway on Thursday. Carter had no points and three shots on goal in 14:48 minutes versus Norway.

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Jeff Carter is skating with Sidney Crosby and Chris Kunitz in Canada's first practice in Sochi.

Keeping up with coach Mike Babcock's line combinations throughout the tournament may prove to be difficult because he's expected to shuffle the deck often. Still, it's worth noting who gets to play with Crosby. Carter was projected to get the first crack at the line with the Penguins' duo.

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Jeff Carter had two assists in the Kings' 5-3 loss on Monday.

Carter had just one point in his previous six contests. He has 20 goals and 36 points in 48 games this season.

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Jeff Carter recorded an assist in Los Angeles' 1-0 win over San Jose on Monday.

Carter has recorded a point in six of his last eight contests. He has 20 goals and 14 assists in 44 games this season.

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Jeff Carter fired a game-high seven shots on goal in the Kings' 3-0 loss to Anaheim on Saturday night.

Los Angeles entered this Stadium Series game with 2.42 goals per game, sixth-worst in the league, so this will only drop further now. This team is certainly getting enough pucks on net (averaging over 31 per night), but it's not finishing nearly enough. Anze Kopitar had an early chance to put the Kings on the board, but he was denied on a first-period penalty shot.

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Jeff Carter scored a goal in the Kings' 5-3 loss to Columbus.

Columbus acquired Carter from Philadelphia, but he didn't appear to be happy with the club and they eventually cut their losses by shipping him to the Kings. Carter has 20 goals and 33 points in 41 games in 2013-14.

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Jeff Carter is on a three-game goal scoring streak.

Carter scored his 19th goal of the season in Los Angeles' 3-2 loss to Boston on Monday. Since the start of the shortened 2013 campaign, Carter has netted 48 goals, which puts him behind only John Tavares (50) and Alex Ovechkin (66).

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Jeff Carter found the back of the net in the Kings' 3-2 shootout loss on Saturday.

After a decent start to the 2013-14 campaign, Carter has really picked up the pace lately. He has 12 goals and 20 points in his last 21 games. He missed 10 contests earlier this season with a foot injury, but he still looks like a solid candidate to reach the 30-goal mark.

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Jeff Carter scored a goal in Thursday's 4-1 win over St. Louis.

Carter has recorded a point in five of his last six games. He has 17 goals and 30 points in 38 contests in 2013-14.