Jeff Carter
C LA
5 months ago

Carter (ankle) is considered doubtful for Saturday's matchup against the Oilers, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Carter has taken the ice during just six games during the 2017-18 campaign, totaling three assists in his abbreviated showings. The veteran forward continues to work his way back from the injury, but he will likely miss at least one more contest before that occurs.

Jeff Carter
C LA
5 months ago

Carter (ankle) has been cleared and will join his teammates for Thursday's morning skate, freelance sports writer Josh Cooper reports.

EDGE Analysis

Carter had been skating on his own for over a month before Wednesday's development, which bodes well for him as he tries to regain his game fitness. Cooper's report also rules Carter out of Thursday's tilt with the Stars, so Saturday's matchup against Edmonton will be the three-time 30-goal scorer's next chance to return to the lineup.

Jeff Carter
C LA
5 months ago

According to general manager Rob Blake, Carter (ankle) will resume practicing with the team following its four-game road trip, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Considering Carter has been sidelined since Oct. 18, it will likely take more than one practice session with his teammates for the veteran to reenter the lineup. If everything goes as planned, and the natural center doesn't suffer any setbacks, he could suit up in late February or early March. The 32-year-old will need to be activated off injured reserve in order to play, which should be the final step in his lengthy recovery process.

Jeff Carter
C LA
5 months ago

Carter (ankle) is not expected to accompany the Kings on a seven-game road trip that begins in Florida against the Panthers on Friday, Jon Rosen of LA Kings Insider reports.

EDGE Analysis

This means that Carter should be out until at least Feb. 22. The Kings have fallen to fifth place in the standings, and coach John Stevens hopes the star pivot can "make big strides" while he stays home and continues to rehab his ankle. Fantasy owners of Carter have little choice but to wait out his injury, as he'd almost assuredly get scooped up if dropped in the virtual arena.

Jeff Carter
C LA
6 months ago

Carter has begun skating on his own, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

The venerable pivot was injured in the sixth game of the season and he hasn't played since. While it's encouraging that he's back out on the ice, Carter would need to practice with contact before getting the green light to return. It was determined that the man who's averaged .740 points per game over 12 years of service time between the Flyers, Blue Jackets and Kings would held out for 6-to-8 weeks minimum, but here were are approaching nearly 13 weeks since Carter went down. His pedigree alone makes him a nice speculative pickup in fantasy, but only if you have a long bench.

Jeff Carter
C LA
7 months ago

Carter (ankle) is still not close to getting on skates, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports, and he could be months away from a return.

EDGE Analysis

Rosen added that Carter would be the equivalent of a trade deadline pickup when he does come back, which would put his return to the Kings at around March. If you can afford to play a man short and he ends up on your league's waiver wire because his owner couldn't keep him, adding him now could pay off in your title chase.

Jeff Carter
C LA
9 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.

Jeff Carter
C LA
9 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.

Jeff Carter
C LA
9 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.

Jeff Carter
C LA
9 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.