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Capitals Injury Update: John Carlson Back Skating, Latest On Status

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ARLINGTON, V.A. — As the Washington Capitals work through multiple injuries, they got a positive update on the John Carlson front on Saturday.

Carlson took part in the Capitals’ morning skate prior to their game against the Arizona Coyotes. He skated with the extras and looked to be moving around fine as he recovers from a lower-body injury.

No. 74 is currently on the injured reserve. He is eligible to return on Monday against the Edmonton Oilers.

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Through nine games this season, Carlson has two goals and four assists and a plus/minus of plus-2.

Head coach Peter Laviolette said that it’s too early to say whether or not the 32-year-old is close to a return but said it was a good sign to see him out there on the ice.

Carlson suffered the injury in last week’s win over the Nashville Predators. He was trying to steal the puck and went down awkwardly into a split in the first period. He finished out his shift and skated once more for seven seconds before heading to the dressing room. Carlson did not return.

It is unclear what the nature of the injury is.