During the second period against the Ottawa Senators yesterday, Carter was sandwiched between Dave Dziurzynski and Chris Neil. Dziurzynski made contact with Carter’s head. Carter went down on the play and appeared to have difficulty getting up.
The deciding factor in an incident involving contact with the head is if it was the target of the hit as well as the main area of contact. All plays involving the head are reviewed by the Department of Player Safety.
In this instance, it was determined that there was not any need for further action.
When asked about the hit after the game, Carter told reporters that he was not dizzy or nauseous and that he did not lose consciousness. He also would not comment on whether or not he felt the hits were clean.
“I haven’t reviewed it so I can’t speculate,” he said in a post game interview.
Carter was examined by a doctor after the game and did admit to having a headache Monday evening. However, it has not been confirmed if he has a concussion.
“I don’t know,” Carter explained to reporters when asked at the Prudential Center this morning. “We’re still working on talking with the doctors back and forth. We haven’t decided what’s going to go on here today in terms of working out and things like that.”
The Devils had a team meeting this morning. Five players skated afterwards, but Carter was not among them.
Carter suffered a concussion two years ago. He missed two games because of it.
The Minnesota native was signed as a free agent by the Anaheim Ducks in 2006. He played with the Ducks in the 2007 playoffs and won his first Stanley Cup.
The Panthers placed him on waivers on October 26th of last season. He was claimed by the Devils and would go on to play an instrumental role in the team’s quest for a fourth Stanley Cup, scoring five goals and two assists in the playoffs.
Thus far this season, the twenty-nine year old has two goals and three assists.