Carter notched one goal on four shots and added two assists in Thursday's 3-0 win over the Canadiens. After going pointless in his first three games, Carter broke out Thursday night, tallying three points in just over 15 minutes of ice time. His goal came midway through the third period and nixed any thoughts Montreal may have had about a potential comeback. He'll look to build off this impressive showing when the Kings visit Ottawa on Saturday.
Carter had his team's first goal in a 7-2 loss to Vegas on Thursday. It was a forgettable night for the Kings, but it's nice to see Carter continue to show that he's back to full strength. Each game he skates at this level of production is only further reason for owners to be confident in the 33-year-old this season.
Carter produced both goals for the Kings in their 4-2 split-squad road loss to the Coyotes on Tuesday. His third-period tally took place with the man advantage. Carter's surgically repaired ankle does not seem to be bothering him all that much, as skated for 21:31 of ice time in this one. In fact, that was more ice time than any other forward logged between the two Pacific Division teams.
Carter is still working to strengthen his ankle post-surgery, but teammate Tanner Pearson said the veteran appeared "100 percent healthy" Saturday, when they performed on-ice drills at training camp, Josh Cooper of The Athletic reports. Kings coach John Stevens cautioned that Carter's repaired ankle is unlikely to return to normal. "That type of injury is just different," Stevens said. "It's healed but now there's scarring in there. He's got a scar he has to deal with." Carter recorded 13 goals and nine assists in only 27 games last season, so it's clear that he can still be productive after sustaining such a significant injury, and now he'll have winger Illya Kovalchuk alleviating some of the offensive challenges presented to the top-six group.
Carter is expected to be back to 100 percent ahead of training camp, Curtis Zupke of the Los Angeles Times reports. Carter missed a significant chunk of the season due to his ankle injury, but general manager Rob Blake told reporters he expects the center to be ready to go for 2018-19. The Ontario native logged a mere 27 games last year, but still managed to rack up 22 points when in the lineup. The veteran should continue to slot into a top-six role for the Kings.
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