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Washington Capitals

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
85%65%
Key Stats
GAPTS+/-PIMTOI
43337202622:01
Latest News
  • Capitals' Matt Niskanen: Makes strong return to action

    by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
    (3/1/17) 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.

    Capitals' Matt Niskanen: Back at it Tuesday

    by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
    (2/28/17) 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.

    Capitals' Matt Niskanen: Participates in full practice Monday

    by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
    (2/27/17) 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.

    Capitals' Matt Niskanen: Will not play Saturday

    by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
    (2/25/17) 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.

    Capitals' Matt Niskanen: Ruled out Friday

    by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com
    (2/24/17) 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.

  • April 9, 2015: Holtby blanks Bruins again, Capitals win 3-0
    WASHINGTON (AP) If the Boston Bruins miss the playoffs, they may dwell on their inability to score against Washington Capitals goalie Braden Holtby this season.
    March 26, 2015: Capitals coach laments 'poor' play in 3-2 OT win over Devils
    WASHINGTON (AP) Even if a win is a win is a win, especially for a team chasing a playoff berth, Washington Capitals coach Barry Trotz gave a rather blunt and unflattering assessment of his team's performance in this particular victory.
    March 26, 2015: Matt Niskanen's OT goal lifts Capitals past Devils 3-2
    WASHINGTON (AP) On a quiet night for Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, the Washington Capitals got rare goals from Matt Niskanen, Karl Alzner and Eric Fehr, along with 29 saves from Braden Holtby, to beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2 in overtime Thursday night.
    March 26, 2015: Matt Niskanen's OT goal lifts Capitals past Devils 3-2
    WASHINGTON (AP) On a quiet night for Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, the Washington Capitals got rare goals from Matt Niskanen, Karl Alzner and Eric Fehr, along with 29 saves from Braden Holtby, to beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2 in overtime Thursday night.
    March 26, 2015: Matt Niskanen's OT goal lifts Capitals past Devils 3-2
    WASHINGTON (AP) On a quiet night for Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, the Washington Capitals got rare goals from Matt Niskanen, Karl Alzner and Eric Fehr, along with 29 saves from Braden Holtby, to beat the New Jersey Devils 3-2 in overtime Thursday night.
 
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CAREER STATS
SEASONTeamGPGAPTS+/-PPSHGWGTFWFL
2007-08Dallas787192622200000
2008-09Dallas8062935-11200000
2009-10Dallas7431215-15002000
2010-11Pittsburgh631910-3000000
2011-12Pittsburgh75417219300000
2012-13Pittsburgh40410144002000
2013-14Pittsburgh8110364633306000
2014-15Washington82427317200000
2015-16Washington825273210203000
2016-17Washington724333720101000
7274821926776150140
MORE CAREER STATS
SEASONTeamSS%TOISHIFTSPPTOISHTOIPIMMJRMSCMNR
2007-08Dallas997.11597:561774181:43170:30360018
2008-09Dallas1115.41597:012020204:01150:46522116
2009-10Dallas1102.71351:201648217:3814:0618009
2010-11Pittsburgh771.31041:161352113:3128:45502019
2011-12Pittsburgh1183.41345:251590166:1136:29471021
2012-13Pittsburgh676.0814:1891380:2545:0012006
2013-14Pittsburgh1626.21724:481932242:2657:57511023
2014-15Washington1173.41833:01225487:17187:37471021
2015-16Washington1503.32022:152354198:07235:18380019
2016-17Washington1402.91603:031875135:25194:30260013
11514.214930:23177121626:441120:5837771165
POSTSEASON STATS
SEASONTeamGPGAPTS+/-PPSHGWGTFWFL
2007-08Dallas16033-2000000
2010-11Pittsburgh7011-3000000
2011-12Pittsburgh41232100000
2012-13Pittsburgh15022-4000000
2013-14Pittsburgh13279-2200000
2014-15Washington14044-2000000
2015-16Washington120333000000
8132225-8300000
MORE POSTSEASON STATS
SEASONTeamSS%TOISHIFTSPPTOISHTOIPIMMJRMSCMNR
2007-08Dallas170.0262:1332329:1719:5210005
2010-11Pittsburgh50.090:5213410:151:080000
2011-12Pittsburgh812.574:059012:441:236003
2012-13Pittsburgh170.0283:3934217:326:4911103
2013-14Pittsburgh248.3258:3632944:392:178004
2014-15Washington220.0333:0443213:3826:270000
2015-16Washington170.0318:2541324:2338:596003
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Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-1/200
Birthdate:
12/6/1986
Age:
30
Hometown:
Virginia, MN, USA
Team:
Washington Capitals
School:
Minnesota-Duluth
NHL Experience:
0