Carter set up two goals in Tuesday's 6-3 loss to the Wild.
Carter struggled in the first two games of the season, especially in the defensive zone, as he had skated to a minus-3 rating. His pair of apples Tuesday certainly were eaten up by his fantasy owners, though, and it goes to show that Carter can catch fire on short notice. He's been remarkably consistent from one year to the next, producing exactly 62 points in each of the past two seasons.
Carter missed the World Cup of Hockey due to an upper-body injury but a month of rehab seems to have brought the perennial point scorer to near full strength. The 31-year-old center said following the game, "I think tonight was more just trying to get the legs going...hopefully try to create some more plays and play with the puck a little more next game" LAKingsinsider.com reports. With three preseason games to go, Carter should be at full capacity by the time Opening Night rolls around Oct. 12 against the Sharks.
An extended absence for Carter would certainly have been a setback to the franchise and fantasy owners alike after back-to-back 62-point seasons. The center contributes in all aspects of the game and plays in all situations; at 31, he's yet to show any signs of slowing down and will likely be snagged in the early stages of most drafts, regardless of format.
Carter will be replaced by Corey Perry in Team Canada's roster, which shouldn't affect their chances of bringing home the Championship. What remains unclear, is whether or not the 31-year-old Carter will be healthy for the start of the NHL season. The Kings will be looking to the veteran for another strong performance after back-to-back 60+ point seasons.
Jeff Carter potted the game-winning goal and added in four PIM and a plus-2 rating in Tuesday's 5-4 win over the Flames.
Carter has been rolling in his last few games, racking up six goals and three assists in his last six outings. With him launching the puck at the net 23 times in those six games, it's certainly not surprising that he is scoring with such ease. With 61 points on the season, he will almost assuredly top the 62 he put up last season and make this his most productive season since the 2010-11 season.