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John Carlson | Defenseman | #74

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (27) / 1/10/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 215
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (27) / WAS
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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

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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

John Carlson (lower body) will not be in the lineup Monday night.

It will mark his fourth straight game on the sidelines with a lower-body injury. Carlson also said that it won't be his decision if he plays on Tuesday. Carlson skated on Monday morning and did some work with the second power-play unit, so he appears to be making progress.
Jan 23 - 11:34 AM

Don't expect to see John Carlson (lower body) play on Saturday against the Stars.

He didn't at the morning skate, which is a near-definite sign that he will miss his third straight game. Carlson has five goals and 25 points in 43 games this season.
Jan 21 - 4:43 PM

John Carlson (lower body) has been ruled out for Thursday's game.

Carlson probably won't play on Saturday either, but there's still a chance. He has five goals and 25 points in 43 contests this season.
Jan 19 - 2:01 PM

John Carlson (lower body) is doubtful for Thursday's game against St. Louis.

"He did some therapy stuff today and that," coach Barry Trotz said. "He got worked on yesterday and all the good stuff. I would say he’s doubtful just because he hasn't skated for a couple days. We'll make sure he's healthy before we put him back in." Carlson didn't play on Monday due to a lower-body injury, but he is close to being ready to play again. Still, Washington is considering bringing up a defenseman.
Jan 18 - 1:52 PM

John Carlson (lower body) isn't available on Monday.

Carlson left Sunday's contest due to the injury. He has five goals and 25 points in 43 contests in 2016-17.
Jan 16 - 12:11 PM

John Carlson (lower body) will travel with the Capitals on Monday as they will take on the Pittsburgh Penguins.

That is good news as Carlson was forced to leave the game after playing only 6:38 in Sunday's win over Philadelphia. Carlson could suit up but if he is unable to go then Taylor Chorney will draw in as the Capitals are not recalling anyone. Carlson has five goals and 25 points in 43 games with a plus-ten rating. He should be on someone's roster when healthy.
Jan 16 - 9:38 AM

John Carlson left Sunday's match with Philadelphia early with a lower body injury.

Carlson played 6:38 without making a mark on the stat sheet before departing. We'll keep you posted on his status as it develops. He is considered day-to-day for now.
Jan 15 - 2:26 PM

John Carlson scored a goal and an assist in Thursday's 5-0 win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

And with that, the Capitals snapped the Blue Jackets' 16 game winning streak, which was one short of tying an NHL record. Carlson's goal in the first period gave the Caps a 2-0 lead at the time and his assist on Andre Burakovsky's second period-goal made it 4-0. He's up to five goals and 17 assists in 38 games this season. Daniel Winnik, Nate Schmidt and Justin Williams also found the back of the net for the Capitals.
Jan 5 - 10:17 PM

John Carlson picked up a helper during Thursday's 2-1 shootout loss to the Devils.

Washington's top defender appears to be heating up, as he now has points in three of his last four games. He has two goals and four points in that time as well, giving him three goals and 18 points in 34 games thus far.
Fri, Dec 30, 2016 12:13:00 AM

John Carlson scored a pair of goals in Friday's 4-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Carlson scored the first two goals of the game in the first period. The markers were his second and third of the 2016-17 season. He finished the game with six shots on goal and four blocked shots in 23:50 of ice time. Alex Ovechkin and Marcus Johansson also found the back of the net for the Caps.
Fri, Dec 23, 2016 10:49:00 PM

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All Positions
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Lars Eller
4Jay Beagle
LW1Alex Ovechkin
2Marcus Johansson
3Andre Burakovsky
4Daniel Winnik
RW1T.J. Oshie
2Justin Williams
3Tom Wilson
4Brett Connolly
D1John Carlson
2Kevin Shattenkirk
3Matt Niskanen
4Karl Alzner
5Brooks Orpik
6Dmitry Orlov
7Nate Schmidt
8Taylor Chorney
G1Braden Holtby
2Philipp Grubauer