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Capitals Provide Update On Carlson After His Return To Skating

The Washington Capitals shared an update on John Carlson, who skated for the first time on Friday.



ARLINGTON, V.A. — The Washington Capitals provided an update on John Carlson after the defenseman hit the ice for some individual skating ahead of Friday's optional practice.

Per the team, Carlson is still "a ways away" and is currently able to do low-level physical activity. His skate on the ice was a light trip around the ice and nothing that pushed him to the limit. No. 74 will have an evaluation at the end of February to determine next steps.

Carlson has been out since Dec. 23, when he took a Brenden Dillon slapshot to the face. He went down and was bleeding profusely from the face before leaving the game and being transported to the hospital for "precautionary evaluation." He was discharged on Christmas Eve and had to get multiple stitches.

The 33-year-old blueliner is on the long-term injured reserve and is on a month-to-month timeline.

Through 30 games, he had eight goals and 13 assists for 21 points.

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