John Carlson Set To Return, Will Be Paired With Martin Fehervary To Start

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The Washington Capitals made a formal announcement this morning regarding their lineup for tonight’s game, something they rarely do. John Carlson will return to the lineup tonight for the first time since December 23.

Carlson, who suffered a fractured skull and partially-severed temporal artery after taking a slapshot off the stick of former teammate Brenden Dillon back on December 23, has been slowly working his way back into playing condition, and the day has finally come.

“It feels great. It feels like a normal routine again. Just stuff that you are used to. I think that’s the hardest part, coming in at different times, being in different spots, being away, being home. It doesn’t feel the same and I’m glad to be back here now,” Carlson said after the team’s morning skate on Thursday.

Carlson skated with Martin Fehervary in this morning’s skate, indicating he will likely begin the game paired with the Capitals’ young defenseman. However, Capitals head coach Peter Laviolette indicated after practice that that’s just a starting point for tonight.

“I think we’re gonna look at a couple of different things. Marty and Sandin standout for us. I think tonight we’ll probably start with Marty, but I think we are open to change that to based on what we might need from a shutdown d-pair. We’ll look at, but I think we are going to start that way, with Marty.”

The return of Carlson tonight will mark a significant milstone for the Capitals this season, as at will be the first game in which Carlson, Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom, Tom Wilson, T.J. Oshie and Evgeny Kuznetsov all appeared in the same lineup.

Tonight’s game will also be the first time all season that the Capitals list of injured/unavailable players (Brown, Hagelin) is fewer than three players for any single game. It will also provide our first glimpse at the Capitals starting blueline for next season, as the roster stands today. 

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

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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3 Responses to John Carlson Set To Return, Will Be Paired With Martin Fehervary To Start

  1. Anonymous says:

    The strong duo returns

  2. Prevent Defense says:

    1986 saw Jim Mora take over the perennially awful New Orleans Saints NFL team. Expectations were high. Bumper stickers all over the New Orleans metro area read, “No Mora Excuses!”
    The 1986 Saints finished 7-9, but the following year was a charm as Mora’s Saints accomplished their first winning season in 20 years, with a record of 12-3. Sadly they got crunched by Minnesota in the Wild Card Game.
    This is all to say that for Pistol Pete and the Caps’ coaching staff: No Mora Excuses! Caps have stunk with injured players, and they’ve stunk with healthy ones. No Mora Excuses!

    • novafyre says:

      It was with the Colts not the Saints, but Jim will always be remembered for his “Playoffs?” press conference.

      As a follower of the Bucs under John McKay, I was all for the ‘Aints.

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