Kings’ Jeff Carter out of World Cup with an injury; Ducks’ Corey Perry replaces him

Kings forward Jeff Carter is out of the World Cup of Hockey for Team Canada because of a lower-body injury and right wing Corey Perry will replace him, joining Ducks teammate Ryan Getzlaf for the eight-team tournament, which begins Sept. 17 in Toronto.

Team Canada opens its training camp Monday in Ottawa.

“I know Jeff wanted to play and represent Canada and his decision to step aside as they continue to monitor his injury speaks to his character and willingness to put Team Canada’s success above all else,” Team Canada general manager Doug Armstrong told Friday.

“We look forward to seeing him back on the ice when the NHL season resumes.”

Carter’s status is said to be day-to-day. The Kings begin training camp Sept. 23 at their El Segundo training facility. He scored 24 goals last season. Carter was Perry’s teammate on the Canadian team that won the gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Perry is one of eight active players to have won a Stanley Cup championship (2007), Olympic gold (2010, ’14) and World Championship gold (’16). He also is one of two players to have added a World Junior Championship, joining former Ducks teammate Scott Niedermayer.

As a 50-goal scorer and Hart Trophy winner as the NHL’s MVP in 2011, Perry’s absence from Canada’s initial roster was a surprise. He led the Ducks with 34 goals last season, his sixth consecutive season with 30 goals or more, matching Paul Kariya for second-best in team history.

First look: Kings vs. Sharks


Records: Kings 48-26-6, 102 points (second in the Pacific Division); Sharks 46-30-6, 98 points (third in the Pacific).

Season series: Sharks 3-1-1.

Results: Sharks won 5-1, Oct. 7 at Los Angeles; Kings won 4-1, Oct. 22 at San Jose; Sharks won 5-3, Dec. 22 at Los Angeles; Kings won 3-2 (OT), Jan. 24 at San Jose; Sharks won 5-2, March 28 at San Jose.

Kings leading scorers: Center Anze Kopitar (25 goals, 49 assists), center Jeff Carter (24 goals, 38 assists), right wing Tyler Toffoli (31 goals, 27 assists).

Sharks leading scorers: Center Joe Thornton (19 goals, 63 assists), right wing Joe Pavelski (38 goals, 40 assists), defenseman Brent Burns (27 goals, 48 assists).

Kings top goalie: Jonathan Quick (40-23-5, 2.22 goals-against average, .918 save percentage, 5 shutouts).

Sharks top goalie: Martin Jones (37-23-4, 2.27 goals-against average, .918 save percentage, 6 shutouts.)


Game 1: Staples Center, Thursday, 7:30 p.m., CNBC

Game 2: Staples Center, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN

Game 3: San Jose, April 18, 7:30 p.m., NBCSN

Game 4: San Jose, April 20, 7:30 p.m., USA

Game 5 (if necessary): Staples Center, April 22, TBD, TBD

Game 6 (if necessary): San Jose, April 24, TBD, TBD

Game 7 (if necessary): Staples Center. April 26, TBD, TBD

LA Kings left wing Milan Lucic’s quote of the night

Here’s what Kings left wing Milan Lucic said of his spinning assist on Jeff Carter’s second goal in the second period Thursday: “Great play by (defenseman Brayden McNabb to pass the puck ahead). I kind of had the back-checker on me. Once he had his stick on me, I knew I couldn’t get a shot, so I kind of did a little spin-a-rama move and it ended up working out. Sometimes you’ve got to be lucky to be good. Just glad it worked out because, you know, when it doesn’t work out, you look foolish. It’s great when it works out.”

Game report: Kings 3, Flames 0

Key plays: Jeff Carter scored twice in the first 6 1 /2 minutes of the second period and the Kings reclaimed first place in the Pacific Division with a 3-0 victory Thursday over the Calgary Flames at Staples Center. Carter scored his 21st and 22nd goals of the season and later added an assist on Andy Andreoff’s third-period strike.

Playoff update: The Kings (46-26-5, 97 points) moved past the idle Ducks (43-23-10, 96 points) into first place in the Pacific. The Kings have five regular-season games remaining and the Ducks have six left, including a home date Friday against the Vancouver Canucks.

Quote, unquote: It’s going in the right direction,” Carter said of the Kings’ play heading down the home stretch. “We want to finish first. We want home ice. We’ve got five games left here. We know what we have to clean up and we’ll continue to work on it.”

Pivotal performer: Kings goaltender Jonathan Quick made 21 saves for his 39th victory of the season, tying his own franchise record for victories in a season. Quick (39-21-4) also extended his club record for shutouts with the 42nd of his career.

Chart climber: Drew Doughty’s assist on Carter’s power-play goal 46 seconds into the second period moved him past Steve Duchesne into second place on the Kings’ all-time list for defenseman with 316 points. Rob Blake hold the franchise record with 494 points.

Kings-Sharks preview


Faceoff: 7 p.m.

TV/Radio: NBCSN / 790-AM

Update: The Kings (45-25-5) ended a three-game losing streak and edged closer to their first division championship since 1991 with a 6-4 victory Saturday over the last-place Edmonton Oilers. It wasn’t as crisp and clean as left wing Milan Lucic would have liked. He said the Kings must clean up their act defensively if they hope to play at their peak level to start the playoffs. The Kings have given up 175 goals, the second-fewest in the NHL. Lucic tied a career high with three assists Saturday. He has 49 points, including 32 assists, in his first season with the Kings after a trade from the Boston Bruins. Jeff Carter scored twice against the Oilers, giving him 20 for the ninth consecutive season and the 10th in the past 11. The third-place Sharks are 41-28-6, but only 18-18-3 at home. Their latest defeat was a 4-2 loss Saturday to the Dallas Stars. The Sharks can clinch a playoff berth with a victory over the Kings.

LA Kings thinking about the franchise’s first division championship since 1990-91

The Kings last won a division championship in 1991.

That’s also the only Kings division title.

Winning in 2016 would be a pride thing for the Kings.

It also would be a seeding thing.

The top finisher in the division receives no worse than the No. 2 seeded spot for the Stanley Cup playoffs next month. As it stood Friday morning, it meant home-ice advantage for the first-place Kings for the first two rounds of the playoffs and a first-round matchup with the Nashville Predators.

The second-place Ducks and third-place Sharks would face off in the opening round.

“We’re trying to be a playoff team,” Kings coach Darryl Sutter has said again and again.

He’s used that to answer questions ranging from the team’s power play to El Nino.

Or so it’s seemed.

Others have offered deeper insight into what it means to finish first.

“You play all season long for that home-ice advantage,” left wing Milan Lucic said after Wednesday’s overtime victory over the Washington Capitals returned the Kings to first place. “That’s what the season is all about, finishing as high as you can in your division and in your conference.”

Home-ice advantage meant nothing to the Kings during their run to the 2014 Stanley Cup championship. They won a winner-take-all Game 7 three times, each on the road, before dispatching the New York Rangers in five games with home-ice advantage in the Final.

Two years earlier, the Kings became the first team to advance from the eighth-seeded position to Stanley Cup champions. They didn’t have the home-ice edge for any of the four rounds of the playoff tournament, defeating the New Jersey Devils in six games.

“We want to get home ice,” Kings forward Jeff Carter said of the push for first in the Pacific. “We’ve seen the last few times we’ve been in the playoffs how big Game 7s are. When you have it in your home rink, it’s a big advantage.”

Game report: Kings 4, Capitals 3 (OT)

Key play: Jeff Carter scored 2:50 into 3-on-3 overtime to give the Kings a 4-3 victory Wednesday over the Washington Capitals at Staples Center. Carter joined the play after the Kings changed forwards on a rush up the ice. The Capitals lost track of him and he scored from the right wing. The Kings squandered a three-goal lead in the third period but returned to first place in the Pacific Division with their win and the Ducks’ loss to the Colorado Avalanche..

Pivotal performer: Winger Tanner Pearson assisted on the Kings’ first two goals, a power-play strike by center Vincent Lecavalier and an even-strength marker by defenseman Jake Muzzin. The Kings went on to take what appeared to be a commanding 3-0 lead by the end of the first period.

Quote, unquote: “We played a good first period, started to slow down a bit,” Carter said. “We can’t let teams back in the game like that. We have to play the full 60 (minutes). These games are huge. We’ll take the two points, but we’ve got a lot of work to do.”

Welcome back: The Kings honored ex-teammates Mike Richards and Justin Williams with separate scoreboard videos during TV timeouts during the first period. Richards and Williams were given standing ovations by Kings fans during their first games back at Staples Center.

Dropping the gloves: Dwight King of the Kings and Mike Weber fought to a draw near the end of the first period, with King earning a takedown to end it. In the second, Kyle Clifford of the Kings fought a spirited battle with Tom Wilson of the Capitals.