Shattenkirk is still looking for his first goal as a Capital after the NHL eventually took away his power-play tally and credited Nicklas Backstrom with Washington's third goal in Tuesday's win over the Flames. Still, the assists went to Shattenkirk and T.J. Oshie. Depending on how your league scores goals versus assists, this could have serious fantasy implications if your league allows retroactive scoring changes. Since arriving from St. Louis near the trade deadline, Shattenkirk has gone scoreless in nine games donning the Capitals sweater. However, he does have six assists -- including four on the man advantage -- over that span.
Shattenkirk scored a power-play goal and added a power-play assist in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Flames. He'd failed to find the back of the net in any of his first eight games with the Caps or his last eight with the Blues before being traded, so this was Shattenkirk's first goal since Jan. 21. Washington's big trade-deadline acquisition also cleared 20 minutes of ice time for the first time in three games since returning from his two-game suspension.
Shattenkirk will return from his two-game suspension Thursday against the Predators, CSN Mid-Atlantic's Tarik El-Bashir reports. With Shattenkirk back in the mix, Nate Schmidt is in line to be the odd man out Thursday. Prior to being handed his suspension, Shattenkirk -- the Caps' marquee acquisition in advance of the NHL trade deadline -- had recorded assists in four straight games.
Shattenkirk was suspended for two games for charging Kevin Gravel in Saturday's game in Los Angeles. The blueliner has 42 points in 61 games, with 20 of those coming on the power play, so it's clear he's an offensive weapon on the defensive side for the Capitals. He will return Saturday in Tampa Bay after missing games Tuesday and Thursday.
Shattenkirk put four shots on net over 17:57 of ice time (including 2:07 on the power play) but didn't hit the scoresheet as he made his Capitals debut in Tuesday's win over the Rangers. That ice time represents a nearly two-minute drop from his average with the Blues this season (which in turn was 2:34 lower lower than last year's average), but we can't take this one game as a clear indicator of Shattenkirk's planned usage with Washington. It's clear that he's going to be deployed in offensive situations, especially as a power-play weapon, and spending time on the ice with players like Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom should lend itself to plenty of points down the stretch.
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