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Jeff Carter says he'll be ready

Updated: April 9, 2012, 5:31 PM ET
By Dan Arritt | ESPNLosAngeles.com

EL SEGUNDO, Calif. -- Los Angeles Kings forward Jeff Carter returned to practice Monday as the team readies itself for its Western Conference playoff opener Wednesday against the top-seeded Vancouver Canucks.

Carter, who missed the last five games of the regular season with a deep bone bruise in his ankle, said he's making progress with his strength and movement and will be ready for Game 1.

"For sure," said Carter, who averaged 36 goals over the previous four seasons.

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