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

I was born into a family of Caps fans and have been watching games as long as I can remember. I was born the year the Capitals went to their first and only Stanley Cup Final, I am a diehard Caps fan and the owner of the very FIRST Joe Beninati jersey and since then, I have met Joe himself. My favorite player became Nate Schmidt after I met him in a Hershey hotel while in Hershey PA to see the Bears play, shortly after Schmidt was injured during a conditioning stint. I am also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore Orioles (Photo by Adam Vingana in 2014 at the Capitals Development Camp)
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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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