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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%: 15/6 | Average Draft Position: 214.80
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5/24/2015

Matt Carle, D, TB

Matt Carle

Lightning's Carle Good To Go

News: Matt Carle (undisclosed) will play in Sunday's Game 5 against the Rangers, ESPN's Mike Mazzeo reports.
Analysis: As expected, Matt Carle will rejoin the lineup after missing Friday's Game 4. He figures to work on the third defensive pairing alongside Andrej Sustr.

5/24/2015

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Matt Carle

Bolts' Carle (Undisclosed) Expected To Play Sunday

News: Coach Jon Cooper indicated he expects Matt Carle (undisclosed) to play in Sunday's Game 5 matchup with the Lightning, Bryan Burns of NHL.com reports.
Analysis: Matt Carle left Game 3 on Wednesday after taking a hit midway through the first period, and it cost him Friday's Game 4 as well. He participated in morning skate Sunday, and it appears that may be a precursor to him taking the ice with his teammates for Game 5.

5/22/2015

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Matt Carle

Tampa Bay's Carle Out For Game 4

News: Matt Carle (undisclosed) is out for Friday night's Game 4 against the Rangers, reports NHL.com's Michelle Gingras.
Analysis: It's hard to say what direction Jon Cooper will take with his lineup, as the Ottawa Sun's Don Brennan reports there's a possibility Tampa Bay will have seven defensemen for Game 3. It's still hard to say when Matt Carle will return, given there's still been no indication as to the nature of his injury.

5/22/2015

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Matt Carle

Bolts' Carle Absent From Skate

News: Matt Carle (undisclosed) was not present at morning skate Friday, Tom Gulitti of The Record reports.
Analysis: Matt Carle departed Wednesday's Game 3 with an undisclosed injury and did not return. The team has not released any information surrounding the situation, so Carle should be considered questionable for Game 4 on Friday.

5/20/2015

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Matt Carle

Lightning's Carle Will Not Return Wednesday

News: Matt Carle will not return to Game 3 on Wednesday due to an undisclosed injury.
Analysis: Matt Carle took a big hit midway through the first period and was not on the bench for the beginning of the second. He will miss the remainder of Wednesday's contest and there's no word yet on his ability for Game 4.

5/20/2015

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Matt Carle

Bolts' Carle Sidelined After Big Hit

News: Matt Carle (undisclosed) is not on the bench for the beginning of the second period of Wednesday's Game 3 after taking a hard hit in the first period, Joe McDonald of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Matt Carle played just 1:36 in the first period before colliding with New York's Derek Stepan, which knocked him out of the game. It's unclear at this point if Carle will be able to return to Wednesday's game.

5/13/2015

Matt Carle, D, TB Bolts' Carle Sets Up Series-Winning Goal

Matt Carle

Bolts' Carle Sets Up Series-Winning Goal

News: Matt Carle assisted on Steven Stamkos' game-winning (and series-winning) goal in Tuesday's Game 6 victory over the Canadiens.
Analysis: Matt Carle's production has been largely muted since he returned from a hip injury in mid-March. In his 26 games since, Carle has failed to score a goal and has picked up only six helpers.

3/22/2015

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Matt Carle

Bolts' Carle Adds Two Helpers In Win

News: Matt Carle dished out a pair of assists in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Bruins.
Analysis: Matt Carle skated just 17:38 as he continues to see somewhat limited ice time since returning from a hip injury that cost him 22 contests, but he's now notched three points in four games since coming back. The 30-year-old could see an increase in ice time as he shakes off the rust, but with just 17 points on the season, the defenseman doesn't hold much fantasy value outside of deeper formats.

3/14/2015

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Matt Carle

Bolts' Carle (Hip) Gets Assist In Return

News: Matt Carle (hip) had an assist in a loss to Winnipeg on Saturday. It was his first game after missing 22 games with an abdominal injury.
Analysis: Get him back in there if you use him with regularity.

3/14/2015

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Matt Carle

Bolts' Carle Will Play Saturday

News: Matt Carle (hip) has been activated from injured reserve and will play Saturday against the Jets, Matt Baker of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: Matt Carle, who has missed the last two months following abdominal surgery, has been practicing for the last several days and should be in line for his usual 20 minutes of ice time upon returning. His return comes at a convenient time for the Bolts, who lost trade-deadline acquisition Braydon Coburn (lower body) for 4-to-6 weeks just a few days earlier. Carle is slated to pair up with Jason Garrison on Saturday.

3/11/2015

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Matt Carle

Bolts' Carle Could Be Back Saturday

News: Matt Carle (hip) could make his return to the lineup Saturday against the Jets, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: Matt Carle took part in battle drills during Tuesday's morning skate and was encouraged by experiencing no new soreness a day after the session. The Lightning will see how he progresses in practices the next two days before making a call on his status for Saturday.

3/10/2015

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Matt Carle

Bolts' Carle Likely To Play Through Soreness

News: Matt Carle (hip) will likely continue to experience soreness once he returns to the lineup, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: Matt Carle took part in battle drills during Tuesday's morning session and has been practicing for the better part of two weeks now, so his pending return would seem to simply hinge on how much pain he's able to tolerate. The blueliner could be in the lineup Thursday against the Bruins, but the Lightning may give him a few more days off in order to prepare for a return over the weekend. With the Bolts adding Braydon Coburn from the Flyers at the trade deadline, look for Carle to take on a reduced role upon his return to action.

3/8/2015

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Matt Carle

Bolts' Carle Targeting Return Next Weekend

News: Matt Carle (hip) said Saturday that he anticipates returning to the Bolts' lineup next Saturday against the Jets, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.
Analysis: Matt Carle didn't close off the possibility of a return for the final game of the team's road trip Thursday in Boston, but that would seem to represent a best-case scenario for the blueliner. He's been out since January after going surgery to repair torn adductor muscles in his hip. Look for him to resume taking increased contact in practices within the next few days.

3/6/2015

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Matt Carle

Bolts' Carle Not Being Ruled Out For Road Trip

News: Coach Jon Cooper indicated that Matt Carle (abdominal surgery) may be cleared to return to the lineup at some point during the Bolts' two-game road trip kicks off Tuesday in Montreal, NHL.com's Bryan Burns reports.
Analysis: If Matt Carle indeed returns during the trip, Cooper suggested the second game in Boston on Thursday would represent the most realistic target for getting back in the lineup. The blueliner resumed taking full-contact practice a few days ago and seems to be making decent progress.

3/4/2015

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Matt Carle

Bolts' Carle (Abdomen) Sheds No-Contact Jersey

News: Matt Carle (abdominal surgery) shed his no-contact jersey for Wednesday's practice and is hoping to return next week, reports the St. Petersburg Times.
Analysis: He's been sidelined since January. "For me, it (the practice) was good," Matt Carle said. He needs to get himself into game shape, so expect him to be eased back slowly, especially with the addition of Braydon Coburn.

2/26/2015

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.