The health of John Carlson has been a closely guarded secret the past few weeks, but the news from the team about his recovery continues to be positive. Could mark the end of his 12-game absence? It's possible says head coach Barry Trotz.
Carlson was considered doubtful for Friday's game against Anaheim, but with both of the weekend's games postponed, that gave more time for the star defenseman to recover. He was a full participant at practice on Tuesday and afterwards the always cryptic head coach upgraded Carlson's status for Wednesday's game against the Philadelphia Flyers.
"Obviously he's feeling better," Trotz said. "He's practicing with us so we'll just see where he is tomorrow and make a decision.
"He's gone from doubtful to possible."
Carlson has been dealing with a lower-body injury and has not played since Dec. 26. Given how his status continues to improve, it seems likely that even if he does not play on Wednesday, he will return for the team's next game on Feb. 2 after the All-Star break.
Given how the injury to Brooks Orpik was downplayed and he has not played since November, it's certainly possible that the head coach is still playing coy with the media. An upgrade to "possible," however, at least suggests there's a chance we could see Carlson back against the Flyers.