For the first time in five seasons, the Washington Capitals are without stalwart defenseman John Carlson in their lineup. Since 2010, the Capitals defenseman has been manning the Washington blue line in a streak of 412 consecutive games. Monday, that ended when Carlson was deemed unfit to play after sustaining an injury in Washington's win over the Canadiens on Saturday.
Should Carlson have continued on, he was 10 games shy of breaking Bobby Carpenter's record that has stood since the early 1980s. Yet, the record could still be broken, as teammate and fellow defenseman Karl Alzner is currently playing in his 411th straight game, starting his streak in the same season as Carlson in an incredible turn of fate.
Youngster Connor Carrick is replacing Carlson on the Capitals blue line, as the defenseman is still day-to-day with a lower body injury.