EL SEGUNDO, Calif. – Jeff Carter did not skate with the Los Angeles Kings on Saturday morning but the club expects him to play against the Chicago Blackhawks.
Carter had a physical off site and is expected to join the team before the 5 p.m. PT game at Staples Center.
“You’re still waiting for the League sign off,” Kings coach Darryl Sutter said. “But he’s been through everything so that’s not an issue but there’s still a formal procedure that they have to do, and because it’s Saturday – I guess its trouble putting all that together.”
Sutter confirmed Carter will play on the second line with Mike Richards. Dwight King has had chemistry with Richards and will likely fill the other wing spot.
Sutter plans to plug in Carter without much hitch.
“Our systems and all that are pretty generic,” he said. “And he’s played most of the season. Other than the odd tweak or maybe three feet where he’s got to be, there’s not much (adjustment).”
Voynov in: Slava Voynov returns to the lineup after he was recalled. A bright spot on defense this season, Voynov is largely why the club justified trading Jack Johnson.
Voynov said he found out about his recall during a game with the Manchester Monarchs. He is aware of this increased responsibility.
“I’ve waited for this time,” Voynov said. “First power-play (unit) – more pressure for me.”
Father watching: Jordan Nolan said his father, former NHL coach Ted Nolan, is in town and will watch him in Los Angeles for the first time.
Jordan Nolan has been put on the fourth line but his stay with the big club has gone on longer than he expected.
“I’m probably the guy they’ll send down next because of waivers,” Nolan said. “You just got to keep on your toes and play your best hockey because you never know.”
Nolan said he’s learned a lot in his brief time in the NHL.
“I think I’ve learned how serious the game is, how badly the guys want to win and how guys want to be successful,” he said. “It’s a business and guys want to stay in the lineup, so that’s all I’m trying to do right now.”