Jeff Carter refused to commit to a timetable for his return to the Los Angeles Kings lineup. The 33-year-old forward practiced Friday for the second time since sustaining a lacerated ankle tendon against the Montreal Canadiens on Oct. 18. He had surgery to repair the injury the next day. "It's never easy," Carter said. "This is the longest I've been out for any extended period of time. "It was a new challenge for me. Nobody wants to sit out and be out of the lineup for four and a half months … sitting at home watching games on the couch. I try to be around the guys as best you can on practice days but you let them do their thing and focus on what they have to do. It's been a long time." Kings coach John Stevens said Friday that it was doubtful Carter would play against the Edmonton Oilers at Staples Center on Saturday (10 p.m. ET; SN, SN360, CITY, FS-W, NHL.TV).