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John Carlson | Defenseman | #74

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (27) / 1/10/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 218
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (27) / WAS
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John Carlson will indeed return to action in Game 1 against Toronto on Thursday.
He'll pair back with Karl Alzner as well. Carlson posted nine goals and 37 points in 72 games this season. Apr 13 - 6:42 PM

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Barring a last minute setback, John Carlson (lower body) will take part in the pregame warmups on Thursday.

It remains to be seen if Carlson will play in Game 1, but presumably if he's out for the warmups then there's a good chance he'll be available. He had nine goals and 37 points in 72 regular season contests.
Apr 13 - 10:50 AM

John Carlson (lower body) appears to be likely to return on Thursday.

Carlson was back with Karl Alzner during Wednesday's skate and he occupied his normal spot on the Capitals' second power-play unit. "It's just a process, I'm part of the decision but I'm not the decision-maker," Carlson said. "I'm just doing everything I possibly can to get better, get stronger, and yeah, I feel good."
Apr 12 - 3:13 PM

John Carlson (lower body) practiced Tuesday and seems probable for Game 1 versus Toronto on Thursday night.

He participated in all drills, but was paired with regular scratch Taylor Chorney during the session. "At this point it doesn't really matter," Carlson said. "I'm just taking it day by day and getting better." Coach Barry Trotz said that the defenseman will "probably be a go" for the playoff opener.
Apr 11 - 3:12 PM

John Carlson (lower body) won't play Sunday against Florida.

His regular season closes with nine goals and 37 points along with 127 blocks in 72 games. Consider him day-to-day.
Apr 9 - 5:29 PM

John Carlson (lower body) may play in Sunday's finale with the Panthers.

We'd hedge our bets that the Capitals err on the side of caution and rest him, but coach Barry Trotz may find it better to make sure his talented defender gets a game in before the playoffs begin. Stay tuned.
Apr 8 - 2:40 PM

John Carlson (lower body) won't travel with the Capitals to Boston for Saturday's game.

That will be Carlson's third straight game on the sidelines. He might return for the season finale on Sunday, but the Capitals will err on the side of caution and let him rest if they have any doubts about his injury at that point.
Apr 7 - 12:57 PM

John Carlson (lower body) isn't on the ice for Friday's practice.

It remains to be seen if Carlson will play on Saturday or Sunday. He's missed the Capitals' last two games.
Apr 7 - 11:25 AM

John Carlson (lower body) won't play Wednesday night.

He was a late scratch Tuesday due to a lower-body injury and he won't play against the Rangers due to the ailment. Washington is being cautious with Carlson and coach Barry Trotz listed the defenseman as "hour-to-hour."
Apr 5 - 5:59 PM

John Carlson (lower body) won't play against the Maple Leafs on Tuesday.

Carlson is considered day-to-day at this point. Nate Schmidt will take his spot in the lineup. Paul Carey and Taylor Chorney will serve as healthy scratches.
Apr 4 - 7:36 PM

John Carlson scored in Sunday's 5-2 loss to the Anaheim Ducks.

Carlson's power play goal cut his team's deficit to 3-1 at the 12:10 mark of the second frame, but the Capitals were unable to complete the comeback. Washington's losing streak has now hit four games.
Mar 13 - 8:57 AM

John Carlson (lower body) will get back in the lineup Tuesday versus the Islanders.

He was expected to return after he practiced Monday and he felt ready to play after Tuesday's session. Carlson has missed the last six games with a lower-body injury.
Jan 31 - 1:33 PM

Washington defenseman John Carlson likely will be returning to the Capitals' lineup when they visit the New York Islanders Tuesday night.

Carlson has been sidelined with a lower-body injury since Jan. 15. He practiced Monday. "We've got to get him back," Washington coach Barry Trotz said. "He looked great (in practice). I haven't heard anything from him or our trainers. So, we'll see when he wakes up tomorrow where we are. If he's good, then I would expect him probably to play. If not, then I definitely expect him to play (against the Boston Bruins Wednesday)." Carlson is an offensive defenseman with plenty of fantasy value. In 43 games this season, he has scored five goals with 25 points. He leads the Caps in average ice time with 22 minutes, 53 seconds a game.
Jan 30 - 9:51 PM

John Carlson won't play against the Devils on Thursday night due to a lower body injury.

Though the veteran blue liner is "progressing pretty well" according to coach Barry Trotz, the team apparently thinks it's wise to give him some more time off to recover. Through 43 games this season Carlson has five goals and 25 points along with 38 hits and 66 blocks. He has not played since Jan. 15th.
Jan 26 - 7:02 PM

John Carlson (lower body) is unlikely to play before the All-Star break.

"He's progressing pretty well," coach Barry Trotz said. "At this point, just because of the lack of practice time, we're probably going to probably hold him out until the All-Star break just because we're not giving him any ice time. But he is progressing. I'd probably say that's probably where we're headed. He's doing well." Trotz added that Carlson won't play Monday or Tuesday and he doesn't expect the team's top defender to play Thursday either even though there is a "slight possibility" that he plays in New Jersey.
Jan 23 - 2:25 PM

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