Capitals defenseman John Carlson was unable to finish Sunday’s game due to injury but he’s expected to travel to Pittsburgh, Coach Barry Trotz said.

Carlson left the Caps’ 5-0 win over the Flyers after the first period with a lower body injury. It’s unclear how he got hurt, but it’s possible he aggravated the injury that caused him to leave Thursday’s practice early. Trotz described that injury as lower body in nature and requiring some "maintenance."

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Carlson, who has not missed a game this season, skated 20-plus minutes against the Blackhawks on Friday but did not take part in Saturday’s optional practice. He was the only D-man to take the option.

Trotz did not say much about Carlson’s injury other than to say it’s possible that he’ll play against the Penguins on Monday.  

“He’s coming with us,” Trotz said. The Caps departed immediately after Sunday’s win for Pittsburgh.

“The trainers worked some magic,” the coach added, “so he’s a possible.”

Trotz said the Caps won't recall a defenseman from Hershey. So if Carlson can’t suit up, he’ll be replaced in the lineup by Taylor Chorney.


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