John Carlson D WAS 4 Months

New Washington coach Barry Trotz wants to see more consistency from his defensemen when he takes over the club.

"We have to get some consistency on the back end, and when I say the back end, I mean our whole defensive five-on-five game," he said. "There's got to be a consistency factor on the back end. We've got some really good people in [John] Carlson and [Karl] Alzner and [Dmitry] Orlov. That group has to be a little more consistent, especially around the net, the small-area game." He wants to emphasize better puck management and making good decisions to get into the offensive zone.

John Carlson D WAS 7 Months

John Carlson generated a goal and an assist in the United States' 7-1 win over Slovakia.

He also finished with a plus-3 rating during his 13:17 of ice time. Carlson has 10 goals and 23 points in 59 games with Washington this season.

John Carlson D WAS 8 Months

John Carlson has played over 30 minutes in each of the last two games.

Carlson has taken over the lion's share of ice time that usually was reserved for the injured Mike Green. Carlson has now played over 30 minutes four times this season. He has nine goals and 21 points in 55 games with a goal and four points in his last four games.

John Carlson D WAS 8 Months

John Carlson scored his eighth goal of the season in Washington's 5-1 loss in Columbus Friday night.

The 24 year-old has 17 points in 48 games this season, which is slightly disappointing compared to last year's numbers. Carlson had 22 points through 48 games in 2013, and boasted a +11 rating instead of the -2 he holds this year.

John Carlson D WAS 9 Months

Coach Adam Oates thinks that defenseman John Carlson deserves to make the United States Olympic team.

"To me, that's an easy answer," Oates said. "He should be on it because he's one of the best defensemen in the league." Carlson is second in the NHL with seven goals among defensemen and he is seeing first power play time as he has taken over from Mike Green. The American team will be announced after the Winter Classic today so stay tuned.

John Carlson D WAS 9 Months

John Carlson was on the ice for all five goals against Saturday.

Fortunately for his plus/minus, two were on the power play and he was on the ice for one Washington goal at even strength so he ended the night at minus-two. Carlson has seven goals and seven assists this season with a minus-one rating. Keep him in your lineup as he is a good 3-4 defenseman in deeper leagues.

John Carlson D WAS 10 Months

John Carlson netted his sixth goal of the season Wednesday, but it wasn't enough for the Capitals, who dropped a 6-4 decision to Ottawa.

With four points in his last five contests, Carlson is enjoying a hot stretch of late. Brooks Laich, Marcus Johansson and Eric Fehr all scored goals for the Caps in the losing effort.

John Carlson D WAS 11 Months

Washington Capitals defenseman John Carlson scored his first goal of the season on Saturday.

With three points in 14 games, he's nowhere near the point-scoring pace he's been on the last few seasons, which included 32+ point campaigns. On the bright side, Carlson is solid in peripheral stats, particularly blocked shots (including three last night).

John Carlson D WAS Aug 26 '13

John Carlson believes he has what it takes to represent the United States at the Winter Olympics.

"I have confidence in myself. I always have," said Carlson. "I've got to answer those questions about where I fit for myself, and I do think I'm good enough to make the team, but it's not up to me. I have a lot of work to do first. I need to have a good season, and also I've got to have a good season for the Cap." Team USA will open their orientation camp at Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington today. Carlson is a good puck moving and he can skate, which are valuable skills on the bigger ice used for international play, so he'll be watched closely when the NHL season begins.

John Carlson D WAS Apr 30 '13

John Carlson feels the key to defeating the Rangers in first round of the postseason is to take what made the Capitals last year and blend it with their higher tempo style.

"It plays to our strengths a little bit," Carlson said. "If we can take that commitment level that we had last year in that series into this one with our system and our skills, I think we're a really good team." Washington played in a defensive shell last year under Dale Hunter, but with coach Adam Oates they have been given more freedom to create offense and get in on the forecheck. Committing to blocking shots and being able to grind out wins will be important against a Rangers team that prides themselves in playing that kind of game.