Kings receive Carter boost

The LA Kings have been boosted by the news that leading scorer Jeff Carter is not facing a lengthy spell out injured. 

The 30-year-old centre left Saturday’s game against the Arizona Coyotes with an upper-body injury, and returned home to Los Angeles for an evaluation. 

However, the verdict was positive for the Kings, with general manager Dean Lombardi confirming that Carter will be listed as day-to-day. 

LA are currently on a road trip in Western Canada and face Vancouver on Monday before an Alberta double against Edmonton and Calgary, and Carter is expected to re-join his team-mates before they head home. 

Meanwhile, Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin will face no further disciplinary action after being thrown out of the game in Arizona for a high check to Coyotes’ Boyd Gordon. 

A match trigger automatically triggers a suspension, but the LA Times reported there will be no NHL hearing over whether any additional punishment is required.