Some clarity provided on Carter's absence - LA Kings Insider

It appears as though Jeff Carter’s absence from Friday’s practice was merely an additional day to recover off the ice.

“We had guys yesterday – it was an option to come in. Some guys did, worked out,” Darryl Sutter said. “We had the option today to skate. Some guys did, and some guys didn’t.”

Jordan Nolan skated in between Tanner Pearson and Tyler Toffoli during line rushes. Nolan didn’t play in Games 4 through 7 in the San Jose series, so his insertion into Carter’s spot without any line reconfiguration would be an indication, not a firm confirmation, that Carter’s absence is nothing more than a maintenance day.

“Basically, he worked out yesterday and didn’t today. Some guys did, some guys didn’t,” Sutter said.

Carter logged between 17:49 and 20:29 in the first three games of the series before ranging from 13:07 and 15:53 over the final four games of the series. According to the NHL’s play-by-play game log, he was on the ice in the final minute of Game 7.