Niskanen tallied two assists, four shots and a plus-3 rating in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Rangers. After two games out of the lineup with a lower-body injury, he returned without missing a beat, although his ice time was down at 18:19 -- his lowest mark of the season other than the games he's left early due to injury. It could be that Niskanen is just getting eased back in, but the acquisition of Kevin Shattenkirk seems likely to cut into his power-play ice time (just 37 seconds Tuesday) and perhaps his even-strength minutes as well.
Niskanen (lower body) will return to action Tuesday night versus the Rangers, Tarik El-Bashir of CSN Mid-Atlantic reports. Chief bench boss Barry Trotz was the one to deem the mobile defenseman fit to play in this next contest, so it appears safe to plug him back into fantasy lineups. Washington's blue line will take on a new look with the arrival of Kevin Shattenkirk -- who was acquired in a trade from the Blues on Monday -- but Niskanen should still get his looks in the bottom four. Prior to his injury, Niskaken collected four goals on 114 shots to go along with 28 helpers and a plus-19 rating.
Niskanen (lower body) was a full participant at Monday's practice and could return to action Tuesday against the Rangers, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports The news is encouraging for fantasy owners as it looks like the 30-year-old defenseman won't be out of the lineup much longer. Check back after Tuesday's morning skate, but it looks like his return could be imminent.
Niskanen (lower body) has been ruled out for Saturday's game against the Predators, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports. The Minnesotan will miss his second straight game with the ailment as Washington has decided to be cautious with his recovery and give him plenty of time to heal. He has already equaled last season's total of 32 points, but has accomplished it in only 58 games, so fantasy owners should be ready to activate him as soon as he is able to return.
Niskanen (lower body) will miss Friday's home game against the Oilers, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports. Niskanen's injury stems from a knee-on-knee collision with Radko Gudas in Wednesday's game against the Flyers. This ailment really must be bothering the mobile rearguard since he's generally regarded as an Iron Man with only two missed games since the start of the 2013-14 campaign. Look for Nate Schmidt to tag into the lineup with Niskanen unavailable.
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