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Barry Trotz mum on John Carlson's status for Game 1

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John Carlson’s status for Thursday’s playoff opener against Toronto may not be known until game time, Coach Barry Trotz said at the team’s morning skate.

“If we have no setbacks, you’ll see him in warmup tonight,” Trotz said when asked if Carlson will suit up.

Translation: It’s the playoffs and we’re not announcing anything until we have to. And they don't have to until just prior to the opening faceoff.

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We do, however, know this for sure: Carlson, who missed the final four games of the regular season with a lower-body injury, practiced Tuesday and Wednesday. 

On Wednesday, he skated in his usual spot alongside Karl Alzner on the top D-pair and took a normal workload—typically a sign that an injured player is ready to return. Afterward, Carlson said he felt better than he did the previous day.

Carlson led the Capitals in ice time during the regular season and plays in all situations. His nine goals were the most among Washington D-men (with the exception of Kevin Shattenkirk, who arrived via trade late in the season.)

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