John Carlson Will Be A Game Time Decision For Game 1

Washington Capitals head coach Todd Reirden met with the media following Tuesday’s practice. Reirden stated that defenseman John Carlson would be a game time decision for Game 1 against the New York Islanders on Wednesday.

Reirden said that all players practiced today, implying Carlson did as well.

Carlson left the Capitals’ exhibition game against the Carolina Hurricanes after crashing into the boards in the third period. His legs got tangled in his skates and fell into the boards. He skated off under his own power.

The 30-year-old got down the tunnel on his own.

Carlson would return and skate one more shift (34 seconds) before coming out of the game for good.

Carlson also participated in the team’s following two practices, however he would not play in any of the Capitals three round robin games.

By Jon Sorensen

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Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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2 Responses to John Carlson Will Be A Game Time Decision For Game 1

  1. Jon Sorensen says:

    Strange injury. Skated a full shift after, and participated in the next two practices following the injury.

  2. Mark Eiben says:

    My guess is just being extra cautious. He’s big for the powerplay (when it’s set up) and the round robin was only a nice warmup for the teams not playing a series. I bet he will play. Go Caps!

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