John Carlson Discusses His High Minute Count

Posted November 11, 2017

John Carlson (Caps Outsider)

In the Caps’ 4-1 win Friday, defenseman John Carlson played another 28:43, more than the 27:07 he’s been averaging per game up until this point.

“It’s fine, it’s great. Whenever you get called on the ice, you gotta go and do your best. It’s different, but it’s fun, exciting, challenging,” Carlson said after the game, surely for the hundredth time since teammate Matt Niskanen when his minutes started to increase.

The difference between now and before is Carlson has scored a couple of goals lately. With a power play goal and an assist in a 4-1 win against the Penguins, Carlson got second star of the game.

That said, the amount of time he’s been playing has drawbacks, as well.

“It’s easy to make little mistakes sometimes. When you’re playing that much, easier things get harder. Mentally, you just gotta be prepared and accept the challenge. I don’t think you can float your way through games.”

With Niskanen likely returning soon, Carlson’s minutes will likely fall a bit. But it’s clear from the last month, he’s up to the challenge.