IRJeff Carter
C LA
2 months ago

Carter's injury specifically concerns a damaged left ankle tendon, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports, adding that a return timetable of 6-to-8 weeks is probably the best-case scenario.

EDGE Analysis

McKenzie is one of the most respected names in hockey media, so you can put a lot of stock in his prognosis for Carter. At any rate, this is a significant injury to one of the league's top centers, who's scheduled to undergo surgery Thursday on his lacerated ankle. Expect the Kings to put Carter on injured reserve -- perhaps the long-term list -- soon enough.

IRJeff Carter
C LA
2 months ago

Carter will undergo an operation Thursday to repair a cut he sustained to his left leg during Wednesday's win over Montreal, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports.

EDGE Analysis

Additionally, the team announced that Carter has an indefinite timeline for his return. The Kings have been one the league's surprise teams in 2017-18 -- starting 5-0-1 after missing the playoffs last season -- and will have to do without Carter's dynamism for at least the foreseeable future. Expect a more concrete timeline to be disclosed as Carter's recovery progresses.

IRJeff Carter
C LA
2 months ago

Carter (lower body) could miss multiple weeks with the injury that he sustained in Wednesday night's contest against the Canadiens, Bob McKenzie of TSN reports.

EDGE Analysis

A prolific points machine who generates consistent offense year-to-year, Carter's prognosis suggests that he could wind up on injured reserve, but we'll wait for the team to officially make that call. Nick Dowd has been serving as the spare forward for the royal club, so it wouldn't be a surprise to see him get more rink run in Carter's absence.

IRJeff Carter
C LA
2 months ago

Carter suffered a lower-body injury during Wednesday's game against the Canadiens and isn't expected to return, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.

EDGE Analysis

The exact nature of Carter's injury remains unclear, but the issue will shallow the Kings' forward ranks a bit for the remainder of Wednesday's tilt. Assuming he's unable to rejoin the action, his next opportunity to play arrives Saturday against the Blue Jackets. If he remains sidelined, Los Angeles will likely be forced to shuffle its power-play and even strength lines, with Nic Down potentially drawing in.

IRJeff Carter
C LA
2 months ago

Carter scored his first two points of the season -- both assists -- in Saturday's 4-2 victory against Buffalo.

EDGE Analysis

His first was a primary assist on Dustin Brown's power-play tally and the second came when Tanner Pearson buried an empty netter. While his slow start is no reason to seriously panic as a fantasy owner, the fact that Carter -- who has never been shy about firing the puck on net -- has just nine shots after four games is a little worrying.

IRJeff Carter
C LA
6 months ago

Carter will not be exposed for the upcoming Expansion Draft, John Hoven of Sirius XM reports.

EDGE Analysis

Carter turned 32 this year, but he shows no signs of slowing down. His $5.25 million cap hit is a steal for a player who has showed three consecutive seasons of more than 60 points. This move shouldn't come as a surprise to fantasy users, as Carter played in the top-six rotation all year, and posted up on the blue line during the man advantage.

IRJeff Carter
C LA
8 months ago

Carter set up all three Kings' goals in a 3-2 overtime win over the Blackhawks on Saturday.

EDGE Analysis

Carter was storming to his best season in a long time and he had 59 points in his first 67 games. Then, the wheels fells right off his game. Four points, including a single goal, in 13 games followed and with that, so did the Kings and their playoff hopes. Carter's 66 points are his best tally since his final season in Philly (2010-11). He earned his cap hit of $5.27 mil, but at 32, his best days are behind him. And so is his value -- that cap hit stays with the Kings until 2021-22. Ouch.

IRJeff Carter
C LA
9 months ago

Carter scored his 31st goal of the season and had an assist in Saturday's win over the Capitals.

EDGE Analysis

The good times continue to roll for Carter, who is now up to 59 points in 67 games. While that was his first goal in six outings, Carter has been so consistent with his production this season, he's an automatic roll every game. The Kings are battling for a playoff spot, so look for Carter to build off his 31st goal and finish the season on a strong note.

IRJeff Carter
C LA
10 months ago

Carter recorded a Gordie Howe hat trick -- goal, assist and fight -- in Saturday's 4-1 victory over the Ducks.

EDGE Analysis

The goal went into the empty net, but it still counts and it gave Carter his first 30-goal season since 2010-11. The fight with Ryan Kesler does make us pause, though -- Kesler landed a right straight to the kisser and it put Carter temporarily down on a knee. Much to our relief, Carter seems none the worse for wear because of the punch.

IRJeff Carter
C LA
10 months ago

Carter has recorded a whopping nine game-winning goals this season.

EDGE Analysis

Carter is enjoying an incredible campaign, as he's just one tally shy of matching Sidney Crosby for the league lead at 30 goals, plus his 16 power-play points stand as his highest total since he was a member of the Flyers in 2009-10. The Kings are working with the league's second-ranked Corsi For percentage of 54.5; this means the team is controlling the puck very well and has factored into the savvy pivot's impressive shooting percentage of 16.9 through 55 games. He's a set-and-forget weapon in virtually any fantasy format.