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John Carlson | Defenseman | #74

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 1/10/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 215
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (27) / WAS
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John Carlson (lower body) has been activated from injured reserve.
That doesn't mean he is guaranteed to play Wednesday night, but it certainly looks promising. Carlson will participate in the pregame warm-ups and coach Barry Trotz called the offensive defender probable to play against Philadelphia. Jan 27 - 2:24 PM

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John Carlson (lower body) is listed as a game-time decision for Wednesday's match against Philadelphia.

He will take part in the pregame warm-ups and coach Barry Trotz believes the defenseman is likely to play. Trotz said, "I would say he's probable, so I anticipate him probably being in, but we'll leave me a little leeway." Carlson wants to return after missing 12 games with a lower-body injury.
Jan 27 - 12:55 PM

John Carlson is a possibility to play on Wednesday now, according to coach Barry Trotz.

He was doubtful to play in last Friday's postponed game versus Anaheim, but he has made positive progress since then. Carlson probably won't play unless he is 100 percent because he can use the All-Star break to fully recover.
Jan 26 - 1:32 PM

John Carlson (lower body) skated with the team again Monday, but his availability before the All-Star break remains uncertain.

Coach Barry Trotz doesn't know if Carlson will be ready to play on Wednesday night against Philadelphia. If he's not 100 percent by that time then the Capitals will keep him on the shelf and hope he's ready to play after the break.
Jan 25 - 12:28 PM

John Carlson (lower body) isn't likely to return on Friday.

Carlson hasn't played since Dec. 26. He's one of the league's top offensive defensemen, but Washington hasn't slowed down due to his absence. In fact the Capitals have opened up such a big lead in the race for the top Eastern Conference position that they have no reason to rush Carlson, or any injured player for that matter, back into service.
Jan 21 - 12:41 PM

John Carlson (lower body) will travel with the team to Columbus.

However, it's uncertain if he will be available to play Tuesday night. Carlson has sat out 11 games with a lower-body injury.
Jan 18 - 2:11 PM

John Carlson (lower body) won't head with the Capitals to Buffalo.

That naturally rules Carlson out for Saturday's game. The squad will be back in Washington for a contest against the Rangers on Sunday, so it doesn't make a lot of sense to take Carlson with unless he was ready to return.
Jan 15 - 1:27 PM

John Carlson (lower body) skated for more than an hour before Tuesday's practice.

There is no timetable in place for his return, though. "When he's ready, we'll put him in," coach Barry Trotz said. "He hasn't practiced with us, so he's a ways away here." Carlson has been out of action since Dec. 26 because of a lower-body injury.
Jan 12 - 3:38 PM

John Carlson (lower body) has been placed on the injured reserve list.

The move is retroactive, so Carlson can be activated whenever he's healthy. This is really more of a procedural move to clear up a roster spot rather than an indication of how Carlson's recover is going.
Jan 7 - 1:40 PM

John Carlson (lower body) isn't taking part in the morning skate.

He isn't expected to be back in the lineup against Boston on Tuesday night. Carlson's involvement in Wednesday's skate may determine if he's ready to play on Thursday.
Jan 5 - 11:43 AM

John Carlson (lower body) may not be ready to return on Tuesday.

Carlson has missed the last four games and the Washington Post is reporting that the Capitals are not sure if Carlson will be available. The Capitals best defenseman has six goals and 27 points in 34 games and quarterbacks their vaunted power play.
Jan 3 - 11:10 AM

John Carlson (lower body) may be back in the lineup on Tuesday.

The expectation is that Carlson will be ready to play after he sits out Saturday's game at Columbus. The 25-year-old defender has six goals and 27 points in 34 games this season.
Thu, Dec 31, 2015 04:16:00 PM

John Carlson (lower body) is expected to be out for a while, but there isn't a set timetable.

Carlson has sat out the last two games with a lower-body injury and he won't play Thursday night at Carolina either.
Thu, Dec 31, 2015 12:27:00 PM

John Carlson, Stan Galiev and Michael Latta will be scratched against the Sabres Wednesday night.

Carlson didn't take part in the warm up and was a scratch after missing the morning skate.
Wed, Dec 30, 2015 07:03:00 PM

John Carlson (lower body) isn't taking part in the pregame warmup and isn't expected to play Wednesday.

He was questionable to play after missing the morning skate and sitting out Monday's contest.
Wed, Dec 30, 2015 06:49:00 PM

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C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Andre Burakovsky
4Jay Beagle
5Mike Richards
6Michael Latta
LW1Alex Ovechkin
2Marcus Johansson
3Jason Chimera
4Brooks Laich
RW1T.J. Oshie
2Justin Williams
3Tom Wilson
4Stanislav Galiev
D1John Carlson
2Matt Niskanen
3Karl Alzner
4Brooks Orpik
5Dmitry Orlov
6Nate Schmidt
7Taylor Chorney
G1Braden Holtby
2Philipp Grubauer