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Matt Carle | Defenseman

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (31) / 9/25/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 197
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Look for Matt Carle to draw back into the Lightning lineup Saturday against the Wild.
The Bolts sent Nikita Nesterov to Syracuse of the AHL on Friday which opened the door for Carle to play against Minnesota. Nesterov is due back after the weekend, so Carle's return to the lineup could be short-lived. Nov 7 - 11:32 AM

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Matt Carle says he's not bitter after spending two of the Lightning's last four games in the press box.

"I feel like I have a lot of good years left in this league," Carle said. "That's where it's kind of frustrating. But it's one of those things is out of my control. Obviously I love being here and I love playing with these guys, and playing the type of hockey we play and being as competitive as we are. You want to be here and be part of the success that this team can have." He has no points and a minus-one rating in 13 contests this season. Given that he's signed through 2017-18 with a $5.5 million annual cap hit, the Lightning just have to hope that he rebounds. After all, while it doesn't sound like he wants to be traded, the Lightning might have a tough time moving him under these circumstances anyways.
Nov 6 - 6:03 PM

Matt Carle will be a healthy scratch in Thursday's game against Buffalo.

It's the second time in four games that the Lightning have made Carle a healthy scratch. He has no points and a minus-1 rating in 13 games this season. Nikita Nesterov will take his spot in the lineup.
Nov 5 - 7:02 PM

Matt Carle will suit up in Sunday's game against Carolina.

Carle was a healthy scratch against the Bruins on Saturday, but he makes his return to the lineup today. Rumors are swirling that the Lightning are trying to ship him out of town. Nikita Nesterov will sit in Carle's place.
Nov 1 - 4:00 PM

Matt Carle will indeed be a healthy scratch against the Bruins on Saturday.

With no points through 11 games, even his 18 blocks isn't enough to keep Carle in Coach Cooper's lineup. Hopefully this will help spur on the usually well-rounded defender.
Source: Corey Long
Oct 31 - 6:22 PM

Matt Carle may very well be a healthy scratch against the Bruins Saturday night.

He was last off the ice for Saturday morning's optional game-day skate which usually doesn't bode well for a player's chances to play that evening. We would bench Carle as we are certain you have a suitable replacement.
Oct 31 - 12:11 PM

Matt Carle said he doesn't believe that Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final is a must-win for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

"I don’t think (Game 2) is (a must-win)," Lightning defenseman Matt Carle said. "We’re pretty confident in our road game. We showed in the last round of the playoffs when we have a must-win on the road, we’ve been able to pull it out. So I don’t really think it adds a whole lot of pressure to tomorrow." It's great for Carle to be confident in his team's ability to win on the road, but if the Lightning head to Chicago down 0-2, this series could be over quickly.
Jun 4 - 6:24 PM

Tampa Bay defender Matt Carle has already spilled the beans on the Lightning's big plan to beat the Chicago Blackhawks - tire out two-time Norris Trophy winner Duncan Keith out.

Keith leads all skaters with an average 31:35 of ice time per game in the playoffs, plus total ice time logged with 537:04. Keith also ranks eighth overall with 18 points, and second with 16 assists, which leads all defensemen in both categories. Considering Keith also won the Cup in 2010 after winning gold with Team Canada at the Olympics, perhaps counting on fatigue to (finally) set into him is an unwise bet.
Source: Joe Smith
Jun 2 - 6:59 PM

Matt Carle is expected to play in Game 5 on Sunday night in Game 5 against the New York Rangers.

All signs point towards Carle playing. "I think he is going to be available," Coach Cooper said after the morning skate. Even Carle himself has given the nod of approval, "I feel good." The veteran defenseman Carle was knocked out of Game 3 after a first period accidental blind-side collision with Rangers forward Derek Stepan, and missed Game 4 as well with an undisclosed injury. Carle has just two points in 16 games this postseason while averaging 16:35 of ice time per game.
May 24 - 6:07 PM

Matt Carle is taking part in the Lightning's morning skate on Sunday.

The 30-year-old missed most Game 3 and all of Game 4 because of an undisclosed injury, but this is a positive sign for his availability tonight.
May 24 - 11:38 AM

Thought it sounds like he's making baby steps toward a return, Matt Carle is unlikely to play for the Tampa Bay Lightning against the New York Rangers on Sunday.

Carle is still feeling the effects of a collision with Derek Stepan from Game 2. He isn't completely ruled out from Game 5 and will at least travel with the team to New York, so not every sign is bad.
May 23 - 1:41 PM

Matt Carle is questionable for Sunday's Game 5 after sitting out Friday night's Game 4 with an undisclosed injury.

Mark Barberio took Carle's place in the Tampa lineup and may do so again if the veteran rearguard can't answer the bell Sunday. The Lightning dressed seven defensemen in Game 4 including Barberio and Nikita Nesterov.
May 23 - 11:07 AM

Matt Carle (undisclosed) didn't take part in Friday's morning skate.

Carle wasn't able to finish Game 3 due to the ailment. If he's not available for Friday's contest, then Tampa Bay might have Nikita Nesterov serve on the third defensive pairing.
May 22 - 10:48 AM

Coach Jon Cooper said there's "no update" on Matt Carle after he was injured Wednesday night.

He exited Game 3 early in the match with an undisclosed injury. All Cooper would say is that Carle is listed as day-to-day, so it's unclear if he will be available for Friday in Game 4.
May 21 - 4:32 PM

Matt Carle played just 1:36 of Game 3 against the New York Rangers on Wednesday night after leaving with an undisclosed injury.

Carle had the misfortune of accidentally colliding with Rangers' forward Derek Stepan. The collision occurred near the center of the Rangers' blue line, and opened up the ice. Compounding matters, the Rangers caught the Lightning on a line change, allowing Jesper Fast to eventually to go one-on-none and put the Rangers ahead 2-0 just 9:55 into the game.
May 20 - 10:04 PM

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C1Steven Stamkos
2Tyler Johnson
3Valtteri Filppula
4Brian Boyle
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Alex Killorn
3Jonathan Drouin
4Cedric Paquette
5Jonathan Marchessault
6Tye McGinn
7Vladislav Namestnikov
RW1Nikita Kucherov
2Ryan Callahan
3J.T. Brown
4Erik Condra
5Joel Vermin
D1Victor Hedman
2Anton Stralman
3Jason Garrison
4Matt Carle
5Braydon Coburn
6Andrej Sustr
7Luke Witkowski
8Mattias Ohlund
G1Ben Bishop
2Andrei Vasilevskiy