Carter underwent core muscle surgery Thursday and is expected to be ready for the 2020-21 campaign, Lisa Dillman of The Athletic reports. Carter missed the final 10 games of the regular season with what was classified as a lower-body injury at the time. The 34-year-old saw action in just 60 contests in 2019-20 in which he tallied 17 goals and 10 helpers. For the second time in the last three years, the center failed to reach the 30-point mark. Once cleared to play, the Ontario native should be capable of still anchoring the second line, though the emergence of Blake Lizotte could see Carter relegated to a bottom-six role.
Carter (lower body) continues to work on his recovery but won't be ready if the season starts back up, Lisa Dillman of The Athletic reports. According to general manager Rob Blake, Carter needs to travel in order to meet with a specialist but is unable to do so given the current travel restrictions. The veteran center has failed to reach the 35-point mark in each of the last few seasons, in part due to various injuries. At this point, fantasy owners should probably be focused on 2020-21 in terms of a return date for Carter.
Carter (lower body) is still working on his recovery during the league's shutdown, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports. Carter hasn't appeared in an NHL game since Feb. 18, missing the club's previous 10 contests prior to the hiatus. Prior to getting hurt, the Ontario native notched 10 goals, 27 helpers and 182 shots while averaging just 16:56 of ice time, the lowest of his NHL career. With two years left on his contract, the 35-year-old could be a candidate for NHL Seattle if the Kings opt to expose him in the expansion draft.
Carter (lower body) will miss a seventh straight game Thursday against Toronto and remains without a timetable for his return, NHL.com's Dan Greenspan reports. The Kings are currently second to last in the overall NHL standings and essentially have no shot at making the playoffs, so there's no reason for them to rush Carter back before he has fully recovered from his lower-body injury. The team should release another update on the veteran forward's status once he's ready to rejoin the lineup.
Carter (lower body) will miss Saturday's contest against the Devils and will also sit for Sunday's game versus Vegas, Jon Rosen of Fox Sports West reports. Carter will miss a fifth and sixth contest, still slowed by a lingering lower-body ailment. According to head coach Todd McLellan, Carter will try to skate Sunday, but it depends on how his therapy goes beforehand. Expect more details to come after Sunday's game against the Golden Knights.
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