Los Angeles Kings superstar Jeff Carter will be out long-term after suffering a serious leg injury on Thursday against the Montreal Canadiens. Carter was bodychecked by Canadiens defenseman Jeff Petry during the game, however, Petry's skate connected with Carter's lower leg. Carter suffered a deep cut that required surgery to repair the ailment.
The loss of Carter could be a huge blow to the Kings' offensive attack. Carter has three assists in six games so far in 2017-18 after leading the team in scoring last season when he had a team-high 32 goals and 66 points in 82 games.
However, on Saturday night, the Kings were able to generate a lot of offense without Carter against one of the National Hockey League's top goaltenders in Sergei Bobrovsky. The Kings scored six times, while Bobrovsky gave up five goals in a 6-4 Kings win over the Columbus Blue Jackets. It was a terrific game for Kings forward Dustin Brown, who had one goal and three assists for four points and was a +5. Anze Kopitar and Alex Iafallo were also a +5 and each had multi-point games themselves as Kopitar had two goals and an assist and Iafallo had two assists. Kings defenseman Jake Muzzin also had a big night as he had one goal and two assists for three points and was a +2.
With the win, the Kings have the best record in the Western Conference with six wins and an overtime loss. The Kings are on the road at the moment, with their next home game against the Toronto Maple Leafs (tickets) on Nov. 2.