Matt Niskanen

#2 D / Washington Capitals / EXP: 8YRS Height: 6-0 Weight: 205 lb Age: 28 College: Minnesota-Duluth

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      Capitals' Matt Niskanen: Tallies assist Tuesday

      Niskanen assisted on Nicklas Backstrom's second goal of the night during Tuesday's 6-2 win over Calgary. While a slow start plagued Niskanen's first season in DC, the Minnesotan has been highly productive in the first weeks of his second campaign in DC, with two goals and two assists in five games. With Mike Green now in Detroit, Niskanen is in line to receive more quality minutes in 2015-16 and should get closer to his 40-point season of 2013-14 and he's worth starting in all formats.

    • Returns to lineup after the birth of his child

      News: Matt Niskanen was in the lineup in Sunday's 6-2 win over the Islanders.
      Analysis: He had missed Friday's contest to be with his wife as she went into labor. Matt Niskanen finished the preseason with no points in four contests, a disconcerting sign given his slow start last season. However, with Mike Green now in Detroit, Niskanen looks to benefit from increased ice time on the power play, and should improve on last season's 31-point campaign, making him worthy of his mid-to-later round ranking in most fantasy formats.
    • Caps' Niskanen Sets Up Goal In Loss

      News: Matt Niskanen set up Curtis Glencross' third-period goal in Friday's 3-2 defeat to the Rangers.
      Analysis: Matt Niskanen hasn't quite thrived offensively with the Caps to the extent he did in 2013-14 with the Penguins, but as Friday's performance showed, he still has some respectable two-way abilities. The helper gave him his fourth point (all assists) in 12 postseason contests.
    • Caps' Niskanen Grabs Assist Thursday

      News: Matt Niskanen recorded an assist during Washington's 5-1 rout of the Islanders in Thursday's Game 5.
      Analysis: The helper gives the Minnesota native three assists in the first five games of the series. Though inconsistent this season, Matt Niskanen has looked more comfortable offensively with the Capitals since March, and is tied with defense partner Karl Alzner in playoff scoring among Capitals defensemen, ahead of offensive stalwarts John Carlson and Mike Green. His production is an encouraging sign, and he should be on your radar for next season's draft.
    • Caps' Niskanen Collects Two Assists In Game 2 Win

      News: Matt Niskanen picked up a pair of helpers in Friday's Game 2 win over the Islanders.
      Analysis: A great bounce-back effort for Matt Niskanen, who was an awful minus-4 in the Game 1 loss. The 28-year-old logged 21:47 of ice time Friday, and after notching 31 points in the regular season, expect him to continue to contribute steady offensive production from the back-end.
    • Caps' Niskanen Continues Streak With Assist

      News: Matt Niskanen had an assist and 21:27 of ice time in Washington's 4-2 win over Carolina on Tuesday.
      Analysis: The helper gives Matt Niskanen five points (all assists) in his last four games. Signed to a lucrative long-term contract this summer, the 27-year-old Minnesotan has struggled to produce the offensive numbers expected of him this season, but had his best month as a Capital during March, finishing with nine assists in 14 games. Niskanen is heating up at the right time, so if by chance he's still available in your league, grab him immediately.
    • Caps' Niskanen Stays Hot With Assist Saturday

      News: Matt Niskanen grabbed another assist in Washington's 4-3 loss to the Predators on Saturday.
      Analysis: While his offensive game hasn't been up to the level expected after signing a lucrative, long-term deal with the Capitals over the summer, Matt Niskanen is having his best stretch offensively as a Capital, with six assists in his last five games. While he's been prone to inconsistency this season, he's worth owning in all leagues as long as he's on this hot streak, as it's all hands on deck for a Capitals team now struggling to hold on to a playoff berth.
    • Niskanen Buries OT Winner For Caps

      News: Matt Niskanen assisted on Karl Alzner's game-opening goal and then finished the scoring with the game-winner in overtime Thursday against New Jersey.
      Analysis: Matt Niskanen's on a hot little stretch of play here, with five points in his last four games, and he and Alzner carried the offense Thursday. Still, Niskanen remains a full 20 points short of last year's 46-point output with Pittsburgh, and there are just eight games left in the season.
    • Caps' Niskanen Grabs Two Points

      News: Matt Niskanen dished out a pair of power-play assists in Monday's 4-3 win over the Sabres.
      Analysis: Matt Niskanen was on the ice for 26:00 in the win, marking the fourth consecutive game he's logged at least 25:00 worth of ice time. The bump in minutes hadn't led to any production on the score sheet until Monday's multi-point effort -- which was just the second time in the past 11 games he's recorded a point. The 28-year-old is now just halfway to last season's 46-point output, but he could be worth a look in deeper leagues if he can continue to produce on the power-play.
    • Caps' Niskanen To Play With Top Power Play Unit

      News: Matt Niskanen will take the place of Mike Green (upper-body) on the Capitals' top power play unit for Wednesday's crucial match against the Rangers, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports.
      Analysis: With Green on the mend, Matt Niskanen will get first crack at the coveted point position opposite Hart Trophy candidate Alex Ovechkin on the Capitals' vaunted top power play unit. Green's injury isn't believed to be serious, but given his injury history, Niskanen figures to get a short term boost in value as long as Green remains out of the lineup if he can keep the Capitals' power play running smoothly. While he hasn't made the most of his earlier chances at this role, he's got enough short-term value where he's worth adding if available in your league.
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