Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter was injured in Saturday’s overtime win against the Arizona Coyotes and while details are scarce, it doesn’t sound promising.
LA Kings Insider Jon Rosen reports that Carter will not be continuing on the team’s current road trip and will instead return to Los Angeles for further evaluation.
It’s not entirely clear what the injury is or where it occurred, but Carter only played two shifts. One was the opening faceoff and he got a bit tangled up there and looks to have maybe done something to his hand or arm in the process. After that he took a single 32-second shift that didn’t see him do much. He went to the locker room after that and didn’t return to the game.
The team labeled the injury an upper-body injury.
Coach Darryl Sutter was full of great quotes following the game, as usual, though they didn’t have much in terms of helping us to understand where Carter stands currently.
“We were down a forward right away, they were playing with 11 forwards, so nobody could bitch much about ice time,” he said.
The Kings have three games remaining on their current road trip.
The team announced that they consider Carter day-to-day and hope that he’ll be able to rejoin the team before the end of their current road trip.
Via Dean Lombardi, Jeff Carter is day-to-day. The hope is that he'll rejoin the team on this trip.
— LA Kings Insider (@lakingsinsider) December 27, 2015
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