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John Carlson expected back for Capitals

Defenseman has been out since Jan. 15 with lower-body injury @NHL

Defenseman John Carlson is expected to play for the Washington Capitals against the New York Islanders at Barclays Center in New York on Tuesday (7 p.m. ET; MSG+, CSN-DC+, NHL.TV).

He has not played since Jan. 15 because of a lower-body injury.

Carlson practiced Monday on a defense pair with Karl Alzner.

"I think he's got a good chance to play tomorrow," coach Barry Trotz said. "He looked fine. He's refreshed. He did his therapy, he did his workload. I think he'd be fine. We'll just see how he is tomorrow. ... We've got to get him back. He looked great. I haven't heard anything from him or our trainers. So, we'll see when he wakes up tomorrow where we are. If he's good, then I would expect him probably to play. If not, then I definitely expect him to play [against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday]."

In 43 games, Carlson has five goals and 25 points, and leads the Capitals in average ice time per game at 22:53. They are 4-1-1 in the six games he's missed but have allowed 20 goals (3.33 goals per game). They allowed 82 goals in 43 games with Carlson (1.91 goals per game).

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