“It’s nothing serious at all,” Coach Barry Trotz said. “Where we are right now, we just felt, let’s not put anything at risk and let everybody heal.”
With Carlson out, Nate Schmidt was in the lineup for a first time since March 14, and he scored his third goal of the season in the third period. Schmidt is expected to be in the lineup again when Washington hosts the Rangers.
Carlson, a top-pairing defenseman for Washington, has nine goals and 28 assists in 72 games played this season. The six games he missed earlier this season were also for a “lower-body” injury, though it’s not clear if the two are related. Along with getting the toughest even-strength assignments, Carlson plays on the second power-play unit and on the penalty kill. Carlson’s usual defense partner, Karl Alzner, was paired with Schmidt against the Maple Leafs.