John Carlson will miss his second straight game of the 2020 playoffs.
The Capitals announced 30 minutes before game time that the Norris Trophy finalist will not play against Philadelphia.
In his media availability on Thursday morning, Caps head coach Todd Reirden set expectations for tonight’s round-robin game against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Travis Boyd will step into the lineup, but less is certain about John Carlson.
Bummer news. Defender John Carlson will not play in Monday’s game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, the team announced.
Washington Capitals head coach Todd Reirden would not say if John Carlson will play in the Caps’ first round-robin game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Monday.
Reirden spoke to reporters on Zoom before the team’s scheduled practice where Carlson was expected to participate.
Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson returned to practice on Saturday. It was the first time the Norris Trophy finalist jumped on the ice since he left the third period of the Capitals’ exhibition game against the Carolina Hurricanes.
Carlson missed practice on Thursday and the team had a scheduled day off Friday.
Capitals head coach Todd Reirden announced that John Carlson missed practice on Thursday. Reirden made the comments while speaking to reporters during a Zoom video conference.
The Capitals’ first-pairing defenseman did not finish Wednesday’s exhibition game after getting tangled with Nino Niederreiter and crashing awkwardly into the boards during the third period. The Capitals defeated the Hurricanes 3-2.
John Carlson is being turned into a Funko POP! figurine while Alex Ovechkin is getting his fourth and fifth variants, which include a Chase POP! with the Stanley Cup.
Carlson becomes the fourth Capitals player to get the honor, joining Ovechkin, Braden Holtby, and TJ Oshie.
Funko announced the line of NHL POP!s shortly after noon on Thursday.
While the Washington Capitals defeated the Carolina Hurricanes 3-2 in their bubble debut, there was one concerning matter to address afterward. The Caps lost John Carlson midway through the third period after the Norris Trophy finalist tripped and fell awkwardly into the end boards.
Carlson skated off under his own power. Eventually, he retreated to the locker room and did not return.
The Washington Capitals left for the bubble in Toronto, leaving their families behind at home. If all goes well for the team, the players will be separated from their families for five weeks until the Conference Finals start in Edmonton in September. Then, the players and families can be reunited together in their hotel rooms in Edmonton.
Over the last few days, Capitals players had their final dinners and said their last goodbyes before departing.
The following are the cute but gut-wrenching social media posts.
The Washington Capitals are the latest team to state publicly that they will have a dress code despite the NHL not requiring one for the 2020 postseason.
John Carlson, while speaking to 106.7 The Fan on Wednesday, said that he believes the Capitals will “do something as a team.”
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