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By the Numbers: Matt Carle

by Peter Pupello / Tampa Bay Lightning

Fast Facts

  • Previously played for the Lightning, appearing in 12 games during the 2008-09 season before being traded to the Philadelphia Flyers on November 7, 2008 in exchange for Steve Downie, Steve Eminger and a fourth-round pick at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft
  • Hails from Anchorage, Alaska, the same hometown as Bolts forward and childhood friend Nate Thompson, which renders the duo the only active pair of NHL teammates from the nation's 49th state
  • Won the Hobey Baker Award in 2006 as college hockey's top player as a product of the University of Denver, making him the only junior classman defenseman in history to win the award
  • Tied the NHL record for most assists in a single period by a defenseman on October 6, 2009, as he set up four goals in the second period against the Washington Capitals
  • Was named to the NHL All-Rookie team following the 2006-07 season after registering 11 goals and 42 points as a member of the San Jose Sharks

By The Numbers:

Matt Carle has dished on 73 assists in the last two seasons in Philadelphia

2 —Times in the last three seasons in which Carle has ranked either first or second on the Flyers in plus/minus rating. In 2009-10, Carle earned a plus-19 rating which was second on the club behind only Chris Pronger, while he led Philadelphia the following season in 2010-11 in that category with a career-best plus-30 rating.
2:38 — Average power-play time on ice logged by Carle last season, his most since he averaged 3:07 in 2007-08 with the Sharks. Carle's average ice time last season with the man advantage also comes in just 10 seconds fewer than the Lightning's leading defenseman in that category from last season, Marc-Andre Bergeron, who averaged 2:48.
4 —Consecutive seasons in which Carle has ranked among the top three players on his team in blocked shots.
23:01 —Average ice time logged by Carle in 2011-12, which ranked first among all Flyers blueliners.
34 — Assists produced by Carle in 2011-12, which came four off tying his single-season NHL career-high of 39 set in 2010-11.
38 — Points turned in by Carle last season, the third-highest total of his NHL career and second on the Flyers in 2011-12 behind only Kimmo Timonen.
82 —Regular season games Carle has appeared in during each of the past two seasons. Carle last missed a regular season contest on March 27, 2010. His durability is expected to enhance the Lightning blue line this upcoming season, which was decimated by injuries in 2011-12.
164 —Blocked shots recorded by Carle in 2011-12, which led the Flyers and which also marked a single-season career-high for the seventh-year defenseman.

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