Carlson (lower body) is in the lineup for Thursday's Game 1 against the Maple Leafs, Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post reports. After sitting out the final four games of the regular season, Carlson will return to his place on Washington's top defensive pairing as the team begins its run for the Stanley Cup. The 27-year-old blueliner finished the campaign with just one point in his last seven games, but the defensive presence he provides is of immense value to the Capitals.
Carlson (lower body) will take warmups ahead of Thursday's series opener with Toronto, barring any setbacks, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports. The American's injury status has been up in the air since he missed the final four contests of the regular season. After practicing Wednesday and Thursday, Carlson is expected to be ready to suit up for game action, but Caps head coach Barry Trotz hasn't confirmed his status. Expect a more concrete piece of news ahead of puck drop.
Despite initial reports, Carlson's (lower body) availability for Game 1 against the Leafs on Thursday remains undetermined, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports. Carlsson did practice Tuesday and appears to be trending in the right direction, but neither he nor coach Barry Trotz would confirm whether the blueliner was cleared to return. If the veteran is unable to suit up, Taylor Chorney or Nate Schmidt would slot into the lineup.
Carlson (lower body) practiced Tuesday morning, so now the entire Capitals team is injury-free ahead of Thursday's Game 1 playoff match against the Maple Leafs, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports. Carlson missed the final four games of the regular season, but he appears to be all systems go for the playoff grind. The veteran playmaker from the back line fashioned nine goals, 28 assists and a plus-7 rating to complement 16 power-play points for the 2016-17 campaign.
Carlson (lower body) is expected to miss Sunday's game. The defenseman has been banged up down the stretch, missing the last two games due to injury. With the playoffs just around the corner, the team might play it safe and keep him out to get him back to full strength.
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