John Carlson D WAS 9 Days

Carlson notched a pair of assists in Tuesday's shootout loss to Edmonton.

He's got three helpers over the last two games after going three straight without landing on the scoresheet. Carlson's breakout season continues, as he's already just three shy of his career high in points (37) with nearly half the year to go.

John Carlson D WAS 19 Days

Carlson scored the game-winning goal Saturday in a 3-1 victory over the Red Wings. It was his first goal in 17 games, but ninth point in his last 10 games.

Don't look now, but Carlson sits fourth in NHL scoring from the blue line with 31 points -- he's behind only Kevin Shattenkirk, Mark Giordano and Brent Burns on that list. He's an automatic play.

John Carlson D WAS 22 Days

Carlson picked up two assists in Wednesday's 6-2 win over the Maple Leafs.

The blueliner found the score sheet for the second straight game Wednesday, and moved his season total to 30 points in 39 games. Pair that with his plus-15 rating, and Carlson is turning out to be one of the league's most productive fantasy defensemen.

John Carlson D WAS 1 Month

Carlson chipped in helpers on both of Washington's goals Tuesday in a 4-2 loss to the Rangers.

One came at even strength, and the other off Alex Ovechkin's stick on a power play. Carlson continues to rattle off helpers with regularity, having collected eight in the last nine games now. Going back a bit further, he owns a sparkling 14 points over his last 13 contests -- he's rapidly developing into one of the league's most productive defensemen.

John Carlson D WAS 1 Month

Carlson picked up two assists in Saturday's win over New Jersey. He has 11 points, including nine assists, in his last 10 games.

He's having an outstanding season -- 24 points, including 20 assists, in 31 games will do that for a guy. Make sure he's active every time the Caps are on the ice. You don't want to miss out on his run.

John Carlson D WAS 2 Months

The Capitals took a 4-3 loss to Vancouver on Tuesday, but it was no fault of Carlson's, as he scored two goals on two shots, added an assist and went plus-3.

He was on the ice for 22:28, but it was those 37-plus minutes that Carlson wasn't out there that proved troublesome for Washington. Carlson's got a three-game point streak going, and he's been progressively more productive in each successive game -- one point on Friday, two points Saturday and now three. Can he put up four points Thursday in Carolina? Now that would be amazing.

John Carlson D WAS 2 Months

Carlson set up both Washington goals in a 6-2 loss to Toronto on Saturday night.

He has three helpers in his last two games, but it has been 12 games (and counting) since he tickled the twine. He delivered 10 goals last season, but he's behind that particular pace right now. But his overall output is career-worthy, particularly if he can keep up the pace. Use with confidence.

John Carlson D WAS 3 Months

Carlson registered a pair of assists in Saturday's win over Carolina.

Carlson has been remarkably steady this season, producing two goals and 11 points in 14 games. He has recorded at least one point in five of his last six games and is currently the fifth highest-scoring defenseman in the NHL Keep him rolling.

John Carlson D WAS 3 Months

Carlson picked up an assist in Tuesday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Flames.

It was Carlson's seventh assist of the year, and it extended his point streak to four consecutive games. He only has two goals on the season, but he's been firing off more shots of late so those should come eventually. Even still, he's a dependable option on the blue line.

John Carlson D WAS 3 Months

Carlson captured an assist in Saturday's loss against the Lightning.

Carlson's six assists put him in the league's top 20 among defensemen in the category, but he's found the net just once in his 10 games this season. A substandard 3.8 shooting percentage probably bears some responsibility for that, so expect him to nab a few more tallies once his shooting rate normalizes closer his career 5.2 percent mark.