There has been a lot of chatter about who could possibly step up to fill the void that a Jeff Carter injury would leave for the Los Angeles Kings. The team might not have to wait for the answer to that question, as Carter’s injury isn’t considered serious. Instead, head coach Darryl Sutter told media today that it’s more of a nagging issue with his foot than anything.
L.A. Kings Insider posted Sutter’s updates earlier:
Yeah, nagging. Both of those guys – Carter too. His foot. Better to take care of it now, really, with the way our schedule is.
The Kings are coming off of a week that saw them play four contests. They battled the Edmonton Oilers on October 27 before going up against the Phoenix Coyotes, San Jose Sharks and Nashville Predators the rest of the way. L.A. won’t play again until Thursday, when they’ll face off against the Buffalo Sabres.
That gives Carter several days to kick his nagging foot injury and make it back into the lineup against either the Sabres or the Vancouver Canucks on November 9.
Giving the top-end sniper a rest certainly does make sense at this stage in the season. If the Kings were battling for a playoff spot or heading into a Game 7, it seems likely that Carter would go. Since the squad has a series of days off, better to rest him up not while the chance is there.