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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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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

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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

Matt Carle (abdominal injury) may be back next week.

Coach Jon Cooper is looking at that as a possible return scenario. Carle is still expected to play in mid-March.
Mar 4 - 3:01 PM

Matt Carle (abdominal injury) is still "a couple weeks away" from returning, according to coach Jon Cooper.

He practiced with the team Thursday while wearing a no-contact jersey. Carle had surgery on an adductor muscle and he hasn't played since Jan. 15. In 46 games this season, he has four goals and 14 points.
Feb 27 - 10:44 AM

Matt Carle was on the ice for Thursday's practice and he's close to returning from abdominal surgery.

Coach Jon Cooper isn't expecting Carle to play Friday, but said the defenseman could be back next week. He hasn't been in the lineup since Jan. 15.
Feb 26 - 12:08 PM

Matt Carle is slated to return next month from abdominal surgery.

He took part in an optional skate on Monday morning. "Today was probably the first time that I've been out doing drills with the guys," Carle said. "And it was just a light pregame skate on the second half of a back-to-back, so for me that's exciting to be around the guys, get out there and get in a little bit of a sweat." Carle hasn't played since Jan. 15, but he could be ready to play between March 3-17.
Feb 17 - 10:31 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Steve Stamkos
2Tyler Johnson
3Valtteri Filppula
4Brian Boyle
5Vladislav Namestnikov
LW1Ondrej Palat
2Alex Killorn
3Cedric Paquette
4Brenden Morrow
5Jonathan Marchessault
RW1Ryan Callahan
2Nikita Kucherov
3Jonathan Drouin
4J.T. Brown
D1Victor Hedman
2Jason Garrison
3Anton Stralman
4Matt Carle
5Braydon Coburn
6Nikita Nesterov
7Andrej Sustr
8Mark Barberio
9Mattias Ohlund
G1Ben Bishop
2Andrei Vasilevskiy