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Trotz upgrades Carlson's status to 'possible'

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Trotz upgrades Carlson's status to 'possible'

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.

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: What does the future hold?

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Capitals Faceoff Podcast: What does the future hold?

In this week's mailbag podcast, JJ Regan and Tarik El-Bashir answer several questions about the Caps' prospects and Hershey.

How does the future look on the farm? Plus, they talk about potential weaknesses, their biggest surprises and more!

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Capitals Faceoff podcast: Barry Trotz has his work cut out for him

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Capitals Faceoff podcast: Barry Trotz has his work cut out for him

Barry Trotz is now the head coach of the New York Islanders, a team that missed the playoffs and just lost their franchise player. So how does next season look on Long Island?

In the long summer months, the Capitals Faceoff Podcast will take a look at some of the Caps' competition next season. In this episode, it's the New York Islanders. Brian Compton of NHL.com joins Rob Carlin and Tarik El-Bashir to talk about what Trotz brings to Long Island and what's left to work with.

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