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No “structural problem” with Carter’s ankle

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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 25: Jeff Carter #77 of the Los Angeles Kings skates prior to the start of the game against the Chicago Blackhawks at Staples Center on February 25, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Jeff Gross

The good news is Jeff Carter doesn’t have any “structural” damage to his ankle.

The bad news is it still really, really hurts.

“No fracture, but he does have a very deep bone bruise,” said Los Angeles GM Dean Lombardi, as per LA Kings Insider. “He’s listed as day-to-day, but the one thing we know is, there’s not any structural problem. It still is significant, but at least we know it’s not a structural issue.”

Lombardi says it’s “really hard to say” when Carter could be back in the line-up.

The Kings host Edmonton tonight then play the San Jose Sharks twice to close out regular season. Depending how things go, L.A. could win the Pacific Division and claim the third seed in the Western Conference or they could miss the playoffs.

Carter has six goals and three assists in 16 games since being traded to the Kings from Columbus.