The Washington Capitals posted a home victory over the Minnesota Wild on Friday without the services of John Carlson as the defenseman sat out the contest due to a lower-body injury.
Carlson missed 12 games earlier this season with a lower-body ailment, which Washington coach Barry Trotz stated is related to his current injury.
“It is a lingering of the old injury, so we just want to have the opportunity to get it settled down or fixed,” Trotz told CSN. “Whatever we need to do, let’s just do it so that it’s not lingering on.”
The 26-year-old Carlson has appeared in 47 contests this campaign, recording six goals – three game-winners – and 25 assists.
Selected with the 27th overall pick in the 2008 draft, Carlson made his NHL debut in 2009-10, registering one goal and five assists in 22 games. He became a fixture on the blue line after his rookie campaign, dressing for every contest over the next five seasons.
Carlson broke out offensively last season, recording career highs in goals (12), assists (43) and points (55) while also netting his first short-handed tally. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder has collected 51 goals and 169 assists in 445 regular-season games while notching six tallies and 19 points in 51 playoff contests.
A native of Natick, Massachusetts, Carlson helped the United States capture the gold medal at the 2010 IIHF World Championship and also represented his country in the 2014 Winter Olympics.