John Carlson D WAS 16 Days

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 19 Days

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 1 Month

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 1 Month

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 2 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.

John Carlson D WAS 2 Months

Carlson dished out two assists but finished with a minus-4 rating in Tuesday's shootout loss to the Sharks.

Carlson has now delivered back-to-back two-assist games for the Capitals, doing well to build off the second half surge he set in motion last season. Carlson's plus/minus rating shouldn't normally see the wide fluctuation it noticed Tuesday, making him a fairly dependable fantasy option overall from the blue line.

John Carlson D WAS 2 Months

Carlson tallied two assists in Saturday's 4-0 win over the Bruins.

Power-play stalwart Alex Ovechkin finished off Carlson's pass from the point for the game's first goal, while Carlson also received credit for a secondary helper on Joel Ward's third-period tally that put the finishing touches on the shutout victory. Carlson has played superbly since joining Team USA for the Olympics in Sochi last February, and at age 24, could be primed for a career season.

John Carlson D WAS 7 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 10 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 11 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.