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Carter says ankle 'pretty sore'

by Rich Hammond / Los Angeles Kings
EDMONTON -- Jeff Carter attended Friday’s morning skate, but not wearing the type of boot he would have hoped.

Instead of a skate, Carter wore a walking boot to protect an injured ankle. Carter is unlikely to play tonight, or tomorrow in Minnesota, and is scheduled to be evaluated by doctors in Los Angeles after that. Including tonight’s game against Edmonton, the Kings have only five regular-season games remaining.

Carter suffered the injury in the third period of Wednesday’s game at Calgary. After the morning skate, Carter walked out of the arena with assistance from a pair of crutches.

``It’s pretty sore,’’ Carter said. ``I think we’re just being precautious right now, keeping the weight off it and stuff like that.’’

Carter said he hadn’t received a timetable for his possible return to the lineup. He said the injury took place when he caught his skate blade on the ice and rolled his ankle.

In Carter’s absence, the Kings are expected to put Brad Richardson in the lineup, in a first-line role alongside Anze Kopitar and Dustin Brown. Richardson, with three goals and two assists in 54 games this season, had been a healthy scratch in nine consecutive games.

Justin Williams is expected to take Carter’s place on the second line, alongside Mike Richards and Dwight King, while the third and fourth lines stay the same. Jonathan Quick gets the start in goal.
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