The players arrived at practice Friday morning, and that's when they found out about Carter and saw him wearing the boot. The Kings are expected to place Carter on injured reserve with a lower-body injury and officially call up youngsters Tyler Toffoli and Linden Vey from their
"It's definitely a loss for us," Kings center
The versatile Carter has nine points in 14 games and is tied for the team's goal-scoring lead with
"No, I don't think so," he said. "We have the confidence of everybody in here to pick up whatever needs to be picked up. Personally, go out there and do the same stuff over and over again. That's all I can do and that's all everyone else can do."
Carter was hurt in Wednesday's overtime victory against the
The Kings' depth and versatility often has been tested. Last season, it was the defense getting hit hard with injuries.
"He has been a key part of our team since he's been here," said Kings captain
"There are just more minutes. Again, I think that's the strength of our team. We've played without Rick [Richards]. We've played without Kopi. It's just a matter of having the depth to battle through it."
Additionally, Kings defenseman
Toffoli played in 10 regular-season games with the Kings in 2012-13, and Vey could make his
"They are all playing well — the other two have a little more seniority now," Lombardi said via email Friday.
Lombardi watched Manchester play at Providence on Friday night, and Pearson scored in the first 25 seconds.
Where: Staples Center.
On the air: TV: FS West. Radio: 1150.
Etc.: This will be the second game of a seven-game trip for Nashville, which lost to the Kings in a shootout Oct. 17. Rookie defenseman Seth Jones, who has two goals and six points in 13 games, is averaging just over 25 minutes per game of ice time.