Matt Niskanen

#2 D / Washington Capitals / EXP: 8YRS Height: 6-0 Weight: 205 lb Age: 29 College: Minnesota-Duluth

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    Capitals' Matt Niskanen: Provides game-winner Sunday

    Niskanen registered the game-winning goal in Sunday's win over the Flyers. Niskanen fired a game-high seven shots and broke the tie for good just over five minutes into the third period. The defenseman doesn't light up the lamp himself too often -- the tally was just his third goal of the year -- but he's dished out 20 helpers and sports an impressive plus-16 rating.

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    Capitals' Matt Niskanen: Finding power play success

    Niskanen has registered three points in his last three games, all power-play assists. Niskanen has been playing on the Caps' top power-play unit ahead of John Carlson, and has achieved great results. Washington's power play has continued to click with Niskanen playing the point, scoring at a league-best rate of 26.8%. If Niskanen is to remain in his current power-play role, his scoring could really take off during the second half of the season.

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    Capitals' Matt Niskanen: Riding three-game point streak

    Niskanen has points in his last three games. Niskanen has seen a further uptick in ice time in the absence of John Carlson (undisclosed) and logged 32:04 in Saturday's loss against the Blue Jackets. With Carlson expected back soon, and Brooks Orpik (lower body) making progress, Niskanen's value may be nearing a short-term high, although his production more than warrants keeping him even after his teammates return from injury. The Minnesotan has two goals and 14 assists with a plus-10 rating in 38 games so far.

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    Capitals' Matt Niskanen: Has points in three straight games

    Niskanen picked up his third assist in as many games in Thursday's 3-2 win over Montreal. After a slow start to the season, Niskanen has been catching on in the last few weeks as he has eight assists in his last 10 games. The streak coincides with an increase in ice time following the injury to Brooks Orpik, as head coach Barry Trotz has been leaning on the Minnesotan and defense partner Karl Alzner in recent outings. Given his production, it's possible the two will continue to see significant minutes once Orpik returns. Given his offensive pedigree, it's reasonable to expect Niskanen to best last season's four goal, 31 point campaign, giving him plenty of value in all formats.

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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.
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