The news Sunday could have been a double dose of holiday gloom for the Kings.
Instead, a potentially challenging scenario turned into the not-quite-so-bad variety by the time the team departed for Vancouver after Sunday morning’s practice in Arizona.
Center Jeff Carter, who left Saturday’s game against the Coyotes after completing two short shifts, returned to Los Angeles to have his upper-body injury evaluated. Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi said via email on Sunday morning that Carter is day-to-day.
Not only is Carter the Kings’ leading scorer with 28 points, but an extended absence would further expose the team’s inadequate depth...