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Matt Carle | Defenseman

Team: Tampa Bay Lightning
Age / DOB:  (30) / 9/25/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 205
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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

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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

Matt Carle logged 18:06 of ice time in his return to the lineup on Saturday against Winnipeg.

It was his first game since Jan. 15 because of an abdominal injury. Carle picked up an assist and a plus-1 rating in Tampa Bay's 2-1 loss. He left practice after 20 minutes on Sunday, but that was part of the plan to not overwork him.
Mar 16 - 11:50 AM

Matt Carle will likely return to the Lightning lineup Saturday night against Winnipeg.

And not a moment too soon as Braydon Coburn will be out of action for four to six weeks. Carle has not played since January 15th due to an abdominal strain but he looks good to go and will likely pair with Jason Garrison. Get ready to activate Carle prior to the 7:00 pm start time.
Mar 14 - 10:18 AM

Matt Carle (abdominal injury) may be back Saturday.

He won't return on Thursday versus Boston, though. Carle hasn't played since Jan. 15 because of an abdominal injury.
Mar 11 - 6:00 PM

Matt Carle (abdominal injury) participated in battle drills at the end of Tuesday's morning skate.

He may be ready to return by the end of the week. "It's just being comfortable with it, knowing how it’s going to react in certain situations and being OK with it," he said referring to his abdominal injury. "I think when I first started skating, those kind of things would make me nervous. Now that the soreness has been there for a while it's something that I’m used to." Carle thinks he could be battling some soreness once he's cleared to return.
Mar 11 - 12:03 PM

Matt Carle (abdominal injury) thinks he'll be ready by next weekend.

Tampa Bay's only game that weekend is on Saturday March 14. Lightning coach Jon Cooper previously suggested that Carle could return as early as Thursday, so how we're reading into that Carle is being penciled in to return on either Thursday or Saturday.
Mar 6 - 3:59 PM

Matt Carle (abdominal injury) might return as early as Thursday.

The Lightning have two more games before that contest, so keep that in mind. Carle has four goals and 14 points in 46 contests in 2014-15.
Mar 6 - 2:16 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Steve Stamkos
2Tyler Johnson
3Valtteri Filppula
4Brian Boyle
5Vladislav Namestnikov
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Alex Killorn
3Cedric Paquette
4Jonathan Marchessault
5Jeff Tambellini
RW1Ryan Callahan
2Nikita Kucherov
3Jonathan Drouin
4J.T. Brown
5Erik Condra
D1Victor Hedman
2Jason Garrison
3Anton Stralman
4Matt Carle
5Braydon Coburn
6Nikita Nesterov
7Andrej Sustr
8Mattias Ohlund
G1Ben Bishop
2Andrei Vasilevskiy