John Carlson A Late Scratch, Nate Schmidt Returns to the Lineup


When the puck dropped at Air Canada Centre at the beginning of the Capitals’ contest against the Toronto Maple Leafs, defenseman John Carlson was not on the Washington bench. Shortly afterwards, it was announced that the veteran blueliner was sidelined with an lower-body injury. According to the Washington Post’s Isabelle Khurshudyan, Carlson skated this morning in the Caps’ morning skate and took the ice for warmups, but was a late scratch by the coaching staff.

With Carlson sidelined, Nate Schmidt has replaced him. Schmidt last played in the Capitals’ game against the Minnesota Wild (a game in which he scored a goal), and has seen hardly any action since the Capitals acquired fellow blueliner Kevin Shattenkirk before the trade deadline.

Schmidt would make good use of his unexpected start, and notched a tally in the 3rd period of the game.

Schmidt has three goals and 13 assists in 57 games played this season, and is averaging 15:26 minutes of ice time a night for Head Coach Barry Trotz.

About Michael Fleetwood

Michael Fleetwood was born into a family of diehard Capitals fans and has been watching games as long as he can remember. He was born the year the Capitals went to their first Stanley Cup Final, and is a diehard Caps fan, the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, has met Joe himself. Michael joined the NoVa Caps team in 2015, and is most proud of the growth of the NoVa Caps community in that time. An avid photographer, Michael resides in VA.
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2 Responses to John Carlson A Late Scratch, Nate Schmidt Returns to the Lineup

  1. Anonymous says:

    Now three points

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