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25 Matt Carle D
Height/Weight: 6-0/205 | Birthdate: 9/25/1984 | Birthplace: Anchorage, AK, USA | Team: Tampa Bay Lightning | College: Denver | NHL Experience: 9 | Salary: $5,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 16/3 | Average Draft Position: 214.80
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2/26/2015

Matt Carle, D, TB

Matt Carle

Bolts' Carle Still Two Weeks Away From Return

News: Coach Jon Cooper said Thursday that Matt Carle (abdomen) is still at least two weeks away from a return, Bryan Burns of NHL.com reports.
Analysis: Matt Carle participated in nearly every drill at Thursday's practice, but the Lightning evidently want him to get several sessions under his belt before greenlighting his activation from injured reserve. He's been out since mid-January with the torn abductor muscle, so he might also need further time to get his conditioning up to par.

2/24/2015

Matt Carle, D, TB

Matt Carle

Bolts' Carle Takes Part In Drills

News: Matt Carle (abdomen) did some skating and participated in a few non-contact drills with the team at Tuesday's practice, Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: Matt Carle has missed the last five weeks while recovering from surgery to repair his abdominal muscles. Coach Jon Cooper acknowledged that while Carle won't be ready to play Friday against the Blackhawks, the Lightning hope to have him available at some point during the first week of March.

2/17/2015

Matt Carle, D, TB

Matt Carle

Lightning's Carle Makes Progress

News: Matt Carle (hip) participated in drills for the first time since undergoing abdominal surgery in January, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: Matt Carle's initial timetable for a return was six-to-eight weeks, and it appears that he'll return right around the middle of that estimation as he's on track to return in early-to-mid March. Any sign of progress is encouraging, but he still seems to be at least two weeks away from game action.

2/14/2015

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Matt Carle

Lightning's Carle Skates On Saturday

News: Matt Carle got on the ice and did some skating on his own after Tampa Bay's practice on Saturday, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: Matt Carle is now in the fourth week of his six-to-eight-week recovery timetable. While it's certainly promising that Carle was able to resume on-ice work Saturday, he likely won't return to game action for at least another week.

1/31/2015

Matt Carle, D, TB

Matt Carle

Bolts Now Listing Carle On IR

News: Matt Carle (hip) was moved to injured reserve Saturday, according to the official NHL media site.
Analysis: The Lightning haven't recalled a player from AHL Syracuse to assume Matt Carle's spot on the 23-man roster, but the option will now be there for the team when it embarks on a road trip beginning in St. Louis next week. Carle is approximately at the two-week mark of his expected six- to eight-week recovery timetable.

1/19/2015

Matt Carle, D, TB

Matt Carle

Lightning's Carle (Hip) Out 6-8 Weeks

News: Matt Carle (hip) has a torn abductor muscle and will miss 6-to-8 weeks, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Analysis: Matt Carle suffered the injury Thursday against Edmonton, and he sat out Sunday's win over the Avalanche. The defenseman will undergo surgery Tuesday and should be expected back by mid-to-late March. The 30-year-old has amassed 14 points (10 assists, four goals) this season in an average of 20:35 TOI/G.

1/17/2015

Matt Carle, D, TB

Matt Carle

Bolts' Carle (Undisclosed) Likely Out Until Break

News: Coach Jon Cooper said Saturday that Matt Carle (unspecified injury) will likely be out until after the All-Star break, Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune reports.
Analysis: With Matt Carle set to sit out Saturday's game against the Avalanche, it will be the first match the blueliner has missed since Mar. 27, 2010, snapping a streak of 347 consecutive games played. The Lightning are still evaluating him to determine the nature and severity of his injury, but it looks like he could be at risk of landing on IR. Fortunately, the Bolts are expected to welcome back top defenseman Victor Hedman (lower body) back in the lineup Saturday, which lessens the blow of Carle's absence.

1/16/2015

Matt Carle, D, TB

Matt Carle

Lightning's Carle Dealing With Unspecified Injury

News: Matt Carle is undergoing evaluation for an unspecified injury, according to Erik Erlendsson of the Tampa Tribune.
Analysis: With Matt Carle's status for Saturday's game against the Avs unclear, the Lightning have recalled fellow defenseman Luke Witkowski from AHL Syracuse. Carle notched an assist in 17:44 worth of ice time in Thursday's win over the Oilers.

1/4/2015

Matt Carle, D, TB Bolts' Carle: Four-Game Scoring Streak

Matt Carle

Bolts' Carle: Four-Game Scoring Streak

News: Matt Carle tallied yet another assist, this time in Sunday's win over Ottawa, and in doing so extended his point streak to four games (one goal, three assists).
Analysis: Huh? Has he finally woken up? He has five points in his last six games and suddenly looks like he might be relevant again. Capitalize right now and drop him when he slows down.

1/2/2015

Matt Carle, D, TB Bolts' Carle Extends Streak To Three Games

Matt Carle

Bolts' Carle Extends Streak To Three Games

News: Matt Carle stretched his current point streak to a modest three games with an assist in Friday's loss to the Penguins. He has one goal and two assists in that span.
Analysis: Modest is right -- this guy is best considered a stay-at-home type. But something is clicking lately, what with four points in his last five and six in his last 10. We're not prepared to declare him fantasy worthy, but he may help in really deep formats.

1/1/2015

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Matt Carle

Bolts' Carle Nabs Goal In Win

News: Matt Carle potted his fourth goal of the season in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the Sabres.
Analysis: The blueliner has recorded a point in three of his last four games, but it shouldn't be taken as a signal that he's set to reemerge as a 40-point scorer. Matt Carle has seen his average ice time decline in three consecutive seasons and doesn't see much duty on the power-play these days.

12/13/2014

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Matt Carle

Bolts' Carle Suddenly Producing?

News: Matt Carle surprised with a goal and an assist in Saturday's loss to the Capitals. He now has three points in his last two games.
Analysis: He's not exactly tearing things up on the score sheet and it's clear that he's no longer a 40-point defender. At this point, he'll barely crack 20 points. Nice night, but don't count on him for much.

11/18/2014

Matt Carle, D, TB Bolts' Carle Struggling To Get Points

Matt Carle

Bolts' Carle Struggling To Get Points

News: Matt Carle picked up an assist in Tuesday's loss to the Islanders. It's just his second assist of the season and first point in 10 games.
Analysis: So, it wasn't that long ago that he delivered three seasons of 35 or more points. But his role has clearly changed this season with the addition of more quality blueliners and that has all but negated his fantasy value. He does deliver blocked shots, but that's about it. Only you know if he can help your squad.

10/13/2014

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Matt Carle

Bolts' Carle Picks Up First Point Of Season

News: Matt Carle picked up his first assist of the season in Monday's 7-1 win over Montreal. He also had one minor penalty and four blocked shots.
Analysis: It's those blocked shots that are a real boon to owners in specialty formats, as Matt Carle will likely also deliver 25 points. But don't overestimate that point tally -- the Bolts are deeper than ever before on the back end, so the ice time -- and the scoring -- are spread around.

4/3/2014

Matt Carle, D, TB Bolts' Carle: Six Assists In Last 24 Games

Matt Carle

Bolts' Carle: Six Assists In Last 24 Games

News: Matt Carle picked up an assist in Thursday's loss to the Flames. He has six points -- all assists -- in his last 24 games.
Analysis: So much for his typical 38 to 42 points a season -- this was just his 31st point. Matt Carle has assumed a more defensive role, and that's hurting his fantasy value ... other than blocked shots, that is. He has 153 of those.

3/10/2014

Matt Carle, D, TB Bolts' Carle: Second Assist In Last 12 Games

Matt Carle

Bolts' Carle: Second Assist In Last 12 Games

News: Matt Carle picked up an assist Monday in a 4-3 shootout loss to Phoenix. It is just his second assist in his last 12 games.
Analysis: By season's end, Matt Carle will probably still have his 35 points. But these long droughts sure are frustrating.

3/2/2014

Matt Carle, D, TB Tampa's Carle: First Point In Eight Games

Matt Carle

Tampa's Carle: First Point In Eight Games

News: Matt Carle's assist Sunday was his first point in eight games.
Analysis: He's on pace to hit 35 points this season, a number that would be right in line with his 35-40 point average. He is what he is.

2/25/2014

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Matt Carle

Bolts' Carle Will Play Thursday

News: Matt Carle (foot) is expected to play Thursday against the Predators, reports the Tampa Bay Times.
Analysis: Fantasy owners should roll Matt Carle with confidence Thursday after the defenseman netted an impressive 25 points in 58 games before the break.

2/24/2014

Matt Carle, D, TB

Matt Carle

Bolts' Carle Back At Practice

News: Matt Carle (foot) returned to practice Monday, Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: Coach Jon Cooper previously indicated that he was confident Matt Carle would be available for the team's first game out of the break Thursday vs. the Predators, and his return to practice would seem to confirm as much. Carle is enjoying an excellent bounce-back season for the Bolts, totaling 25 points and a plus-16 rating in 58 games.

2/19/2014

Matt Carle, D, TB

Matt Carle

Bolts' Carle Sits With Foot Issue Wednesday

News: Matt Carle sat out Wednesday's practice with a foot issue, Damian Cristodero of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: Coach Jon Cooper revealed after practice that with the exception of possibly Steven Stamkos, he expects all of his injured players to be in the lineup Feb. 27. Consider Matt Carle's absence to be a maintenance day more than anything else.

2/10/2014

Matt Carle, D, TB Bolts' Carle Having Solid Season

Matt Carle

Bolts' Carle Having Solid Season

News: Matt Carle has two goals and 23 assists through 58 games this season.
Analysis: Matt Carle is having a solid year, but has cooled off lately, with just two points in his last 12 games. His plus-16 rating makes him a valuable fantasy option for after the Olympic break.

1/19/2014

Matt Carle, D, TB

Matt Carle

Tampa's Carle Quietly Strong

News: Matt Carle picked up an assist Sunday. He now has 24 points in 50 games this season.
Analysis: He's just one of those steady performers who doesn't stand out, but ends up with almost 40 points each season. His plus-minus is solid (plus-15), so he's a decent stabilizer on pretty much any fantasy roster.

1/13/2014

Matt Carle, D, TB Bolts' Carle Assist Streak At Seven Games

Matt Carle

Bolts' Carle Assist Streak At Seven Games

News: Matt Carle extended his career-best point and assist streaks to seven games (nine assists) when he picked up a power-play assist on Monday night.
Analysis: He's on pace for his first 40-point season since his 2010-11 season in Philly. He has matured into a 35-40 point, 50 hit and 150 blocked shot defender which is a valuable combination in a lot of formats. Use him well.

1/11/2014

Matt Carle, D, TB Bolts' Carle Finishes Plus-6 Saturday

Matt Carle

Bolts' Carle Finishes Plus-6 Saturday

News: Matt Carle contributed two assists and finished with a plus-6 rating in Saturday's win over the Flyers.
Analysis: It was the sixth straight game that Matt Carle has grabbed a point for the Bolts, a stretch during which he's been a plus-8 on the ice. Carle has been known to put up streaks like these before only to tail off dramatically, but he's worth grabbing while he has some momentum.

1/5/2014

Matt Carle, D, TB Bolts' Carle: Three-Game Streak

Matt Carle

Bolts' Carle: Three-Game Streak

News: Matt Carle picked up two assists Sunday in a loss to Edmonton. He now has four points on his current three-game streak.
Analysis: Well, well -- he's gaining steam. What do you know. Sorry for sounding sarcastic, but we know he's been a frustration to fantasy owners. His 40-point tease in 2010-11 was just that and instead, he's rounding into a streaky, 35-point defender who'll block 150 shots each year.