The Los Angeles Kings will be without the services of center Jeff Carter for Thursday's game against the Pacific Division rival San Jose Sharks, coach Darryl Sutter said.
Carter will miss his fourth straight contest with a deep bone bruise in his ankle. The Kings (40-27-13), who have posted a 2-0-1 mark in that stretch, can secure a postseason berth on Thursday.
Tests revealed no structural damage for Carter, who is progressing well - according to Sutter.
Carter has six goals and three assists in 16 games since being acquired on Feb. 24 from the Columbus Blue Jackets.