Kings lose Carter to lower-body injury; immediate undertones ominous - LA Kings Insider

The Kings lost Jeff Carter to a lower-body injury as the result of a hit from Jeff Petry along the boards late in the first period of Wednesday night’s 5-1 win over the Montreal Canadiens. “Going to be a little while,” a team source told LA Kings Insider about the severity of the injury.

-via @KingsGifs

Los Angeles head coach John Stevens said that Carter would be further evaluated and a more thorough update could follow Thursday.

“Once we get a further evaluation tomorrow, I think Blakey will probably inform the media of what we’re dealing with and move on from there,” Stevens said when asked about the injury after the game.

The injury has the potential to put a strain on Los Angeles’ center depth, where there is a divide between skilled leadership pillars in Anze Kopitar and Carter, and the less tenured options in players such as Nick Shore, Andy Andreoff and Adrian Kempe, the latter of whom recorded a hat trick on Wednesday to represent his third, fourth and fifth career NHL goals.

The Kings already had an open roster spot in the wake of Kyle Clifford’s upper-body injury and Justin Auger replacing Jonny Brodzinski, so there are now two vacancies that are likely to be filled by forwards. Earlier this week, I did not have the sense that the team was on the verge of signing Brooks Laich, who has continued to practice with the club without a standard player contract as he remains in shape while identifying his next playing option. Should that change, and/or whether the team will look to AHL-Ontario to fill its roster needs is likely to come into clearer focus on Thursday when the team practices at Toyota Sports Center in advance of a lengthy road trip.

Los Angeles opens a six-game trip in Columbus on Saturday, followed by stops in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Boston and St. Louis.

In six games, Carter has three assists, a minus-one rating and two penalty minutes.

-Lead photo via Juan Ocampo/NHLI

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Adrian Kempe

#9 | 6′ 2″ | 195 lb | Age: 21

Born: September 13, 1996
Birthplace: Kramfors, SWE
Position: LW
Handedness: Left


Kempe was selected by the Kings in the first round (29th overall) in the 2014 NHL Draft.

Alex Iafallo

#19 | 6′ | 185 lb | Age: 23

Born: December 21, 1993
Birthplace: Eden, NY, USA
Position: C
Handedness: Left


Iafallo was signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on April 18, 2017.

Anze Kopitar

#11 | 6′ 3″ | 224 lb | Age: 29

Born: August 24, 1987
Birthplace: Jesenice, SVN
Position: C
Handedness: Left


As the 11th overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, Kopitar became the first Slovenian to play in the NHL. Kopitar has spent his entire NHL career with the Kings, and following the 2015–16 season, was named the Kings’ captain. Noted for both his offensive and defensive play, Kopitar was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the best defensive forward in the NHL in 2016.

Drew Doughty

#8 | 6′ 1″ | 195 lb | Age: 26

Born: December 8, 1989
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: D
Handedness: Right


Bio: Doughty is a Canadian defenceman who was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 Draft. Doughty made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He is a two-time Stanley Cup champion with the Kings, a two-time Olympic gold medallist with the Canadian national team, and a Norris Trophy finalist.

Jeff Carter

#77 | 6′ 4″ | 215 lb | Age: 31

Born: January 1, 1985
Birthplace: London, ON, CAN
Position: C
Handedness: Right


Carter began his hockey career playing in the Ontario Hockey League in Canada before joining the AHL and playing for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was then traded to the Colombus Blue jackets before joining the LA Kings in 2012, where he has since won two Stanley Cups with the Kings.

Jonathan Quick

#32 | 6′ 1″ | 218 lb | Age: 30

Born: January 21, 1986
Birthplace: Milford, CT, USA
Position: G
Handedness: Left


Bio: Quick is the current goaltender for the LA Kings and was selected by Los Angeles at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft. Previously, Quick was a silver medalist with USA at the 2010 Winter Olympics. He’s won two Stanley Cup championships with the Kings, along with being the most recent goaltender to be awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2012 Stanley Cup playoffs.