• Scores goal Wednesday

    News: Michael Latta scored a goal in Wednesday's 4-3 shootout loss to Carolina.
    Analysis: Michael Latta also had two shots on goal and two hits after missing practice time last week with a lower body injury. With Chris Brown (hand) out for several weeks, Latta's chances of making the team as a fourth-line forward certainly improved after Wednesday's performance, although his fantasy value still remains quite low even in deeper leagues.
  • Will play Wednesday against Carolina

    News: Michael Latta will take the ice for Wednesday's preseason game against the Hurricanes, Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington reports.
    Analysis: Washington originally had expected that Michael Latta would take part in Monday's exhibition against the Islanders, but the 24-year-old forward was ultimately unable to suit up for the contest. The Capital's still have three preseason tilts remaining, so Latta will have plenty of time to rid himself of any rust he may have collected while recovering from a lower-body injury. He registered six assists in 53 games with the Capitals last season, and will likely slot in as a bottom-six forward with the team in 2015-16.
  • Caps' Latta Suffering From Illness

    News: Michael Latta was not at practice Wednesday due to an illness, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
    Analysis: Michael Latta hasn't seen any ice time this series anyway, so the fact that he's under the weather before Wednesday's Game 4 doesn't really change much for the Capitals in the short-term. Latta is scoreless in four games this postseason.
  • Caps' Latta Gets Assist, 10 PIM In Season Finale

    News: Michael Latta recorded an assist and spent 10 minutes in the penalty box in Saturday's 4-2 loss to the Rangers.
    Analysis: After spending a large portion of the first half as a healthy scratch for the Capitals, Michael Latta ended up seeing regular duty on the club's fourth line down the stretch. While the consistent role didn't result in much offensive output, and therefore, little fantasy utility, coach Barry Trotz appears comfortable with rolling Latta in his bottom-six ranks during the postseason.
  • Caps' Latta In Line To Play Thursday

    News: Michael Latta (upper body) will return to the lineup Thursday against the Wild, Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington reports.
    Analysis: The Capitals are only bringing 12 forwards with them on the trip to Minnesota and seemingly aren't planning to recall another from AHL Hershey, which confirms that Michael Latta will be fit to suit up Thursday. The fourth-liner has missed a little over two weeks with the injury, but checked out fine after practicing the last couple of days.
  • Caps' Latta (Upper Body) Practices Wednesday

    News: Michael Latta (upper body) centered the Capitals' fourth line during Wednesday's practice, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports.
    Analysis: Michael Latta has been out of the lineup since leaving a Mar. 3 game against the Blue Jackets with an upper-body injury. Given that he's back at practice and the Capitals sent Chris Conner down to the minors recently, it looks like the 23-year-old is nearing a return to the lineup, and could play as early as Thursday in Minnesota. Still only getting fourth-line minutes, Latta is a reach even in deep fantasy leagues.
  • Caps' Latta (Upper Body) Out Monday

    News: Michael Latta (upper body) was unable to take the ice for Monday's game against the Sabres.
    Analysis: Michael Latta should still be considered day-to-day moving forward as he continues to deal with an upper-body injury. The 23-year-old's next opportunity to get on the ice will be against the Wild on Thursday.
  • Caps' Latta (Upper Body) Out Sunday

    News: Michael Latta (upper body) is out for Sunday's game against the Bruins, CSN's Chuck Gormley reports.
    Analysis: Michael Latta hasn't played since March 3, and his next shot to return will come Monday in Buffalo. Brooks Laich (upper body), on the other hand, is active for Sunday's game.
  • Caps' Latta Out Friday

    News: Michael Latta (upper body) has been ruled out of Friday's game against the Stars, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
    Analysis: As expected, Michael Latta won't suit up for Friday's contest against Dallas. He'll hope to make a return to game action Sunday against the Bruins.
  • Caps' Latta Likely To Sit Out Another Friday

    News: Michael Latta (upper body) said he doesn't expect to play Friday against the Stars, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
    Analysis: Michael Latta was originally listed as questionable to suit up Friday, but with the Capitals bringing Andre Burakovsky aboard on an emergency recall, it's clear the 23-year-old isn't quite healthy yet. It now appears Latta will take aim at returning to action Sunday against the Bruins.