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Justin Williams, # 14
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
44151025732
 
News
Williams potted a goal in Monday's 8-7 OT loss to the Penguins.

The marker gives him eight goals and 14 points in his last 12 games as the 34-year-old winger has picked up his production following a very sleepy start to the season. The resurgence of Williams and linemate Evgeny Kuznetsov in recent weeks has helped buoy the Caps to nine wins in their last 10 outings. Williams is now on track to return to his 40+ point range fantasy owners have come to expect in recent seasons, so snatch him up if by some chance he's still available.

Brooks Orpik, # 44
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Alex Ovechkin, # 8
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44211839532
 
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Ovechkin tallied two assists Monday in an 8-7 overtime loss to the Penguins.

It's not surprising that Ovie had another multi-point effort considering so many goals were scored in the contest, but it's worth noting that he was an ugly minus-4, as well. Regardless, the Russian sniper has a six-game point streak on the go -- a span in which he's produced nine points and 19 shots on goal.

Nicklas Backstrom, # 19
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Backstrom had a goal in Monday's 8-7 OT loss to the Penguins.

Unfortunately, Backstrom was also tagged with a minus-3 rating in the high-scoring affair. Riding a seven-game point streak, the Swedish playmaker now has 13 goals and 43 points in 44 games along with a plus-11 rating. He's among the league leaders in points and building a strong bid for the Selke Trophy. Make sure he's a fixture in your lineups.

Daniel Winnik, # 26
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GPGAPTS+/-PIM
3466121319
 
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Winnik collected a primary assist to open the scoring in what culminated as a thrilling 8-7 road loss to the Penguins on Monday.

The brawny veteran is up to six goals and six assists in 34 games, and he's skated to a plus-13 rating -- that's what you call efficiency for a fourth-liner. Being on a team with a plus-44 goal differential certainly helps his cause.

Karl Alzner, # 27
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Matt Niskanen, # 2
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Niskanen dished out two assists Monday in an 8-7 overtime loss to Pittsburgh.

Niskanen also skated to a minus-3 against his former team, however. Nonetheless, he has four points in his last two games (and 22 overall), 85 shots on goal and an impressive plus-13 rating on the year, making the Minnesota native a valuable rearguard in all but the shallowest of formats.

Jay Beagle, # 83
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Beagle registered a pair of goals -- the first and last -- for the Capitals in Friday's 6-0 rout over the visiting Blackhawks.

Apparently, Beagle enjoys playing Chicago. He's collected four goals in his last two games against the team from the Windy City, and has already matched his scoring output from last season; two more and he'll tie a career high. Don't count on Beagle cracking the scoresheet with consistency, but know that he is rather clutch, having produced three shorthanded points and a pair of game-winners this season.

Lars Eller, # 20
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GPGAPTS+/-PIM
436612526
 
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Eller found twine twice in a 8-7 overtime loss Monday to the Penguins. He was also a plus-3 in the contest.

The goals bring the former Canadien up to six to go with his six assists this season. Eller has been somewhat disappointing in his first year in D.C., as he's currently on pace for 20 points after recording 26-28 in each of the last five campaigns as a Hab.

T.J. Oshie, # 77
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361513282020
 
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Oshie contributed a goal and two assists in an 8-7 loss to Pittsburgh on Monday.

Oshie is all kinds of hot right now, as he's rattled off nine points in his last five games and 13 in his last 10. He also owns an outstanding plus-20 rating and was instrumental to the Caps' nine-game winning streak (that ended in dramatic fashion in this one), so he should be an automatic start in all formats while he's producing so prolifically.

John Carlson, # 74
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4352025100
 
Injuries
Lower Body - Day-to-Day (Updated - 1/16/17)
News
Carlson (lower body) has been ruled out against the Penguins on Monday, Isabelle Khurshudyan of the Washington Post reports.

Coach Barry Trotz told reporters he expects to have Carlson back for Thursday's matchup with St. Louis. Although the defenseman's goal scoring has been limited, he has managed to register 20 helpers on the year, including five in his last seven games. Once back in the lineup, the 27-year-old figures to continue seeing plenty of opportunities as he is averaging 22:54 of ice time per night, including 3:07 with the man advantage.

Braden Holtby, # 70
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GPW-L-OTSOSV%GAA
3521-8-06.9301.96
 
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Holtby allowed five goals on 26 shots in a 8-7 overtime loss to the Penguins on Monday.

Holtby got the hook midway through the second period in what was one of the wilder games of the season. Backup Philipp Grubauer didn't do any better in allowing three goals on 11 shots, so it was an all-around terrible night for the Caps' netminders. Nonetheless, Holtby is still having a fantastic season (with 21 wins in 35 appearances), and as such, owners should be more than okay with giving him a free pass after Monday's implosion.

Brett Connolly, # 10
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30718724
 
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Connolly found twine in Monday's crazy 8-7 overtime loss to the Penguins.

Connolly redirected a shot from defenseman Taylor Chorney for his seventh marker of the season. Fantasy poolies that stacked skaters from this game were rewarded handsomely, as there were even bottom-six guys like Connolly not wanting to be left out of the fun. The burly winger curiously has just one assist this season, but the 24-year-old has been an efficient role player as he's sporting a plus-7 rating in 30 games.

Marcus Johansson, # 90
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44141731128
 
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Johansson recorded an assist and a minus-1 rating in Monday's 8-7 OT loss to the Penguins.

While the assist keeps on his steady march to a career year in terms of points, the Swedish winger has yet to score a goal in the month of January. Still, his six assists in the last nine games and presence on the top power-play unit provide more than enough production for most fantasy owners and it's likely he'll find the back of the net before too long.

Philipp Grubauer, # 31
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPW-L-OTSOSV%GAA
118-1-22.9271.96
 
News
Grubauer allowed three goals on 11 shots in relief of Braden Holtby on Monday in an 8-7 overtime loss to the Penguins.

Based on save percentage, Grubauer was actually worse (.727) in this one than Holtby was (.808, five goals on 26 shots). Granted, Grubauer wasn't expected to be thrust into action after shutting out the Flyers on Sunday, but it was disappointing he couldn't make a few more stops behind an offense that put seven pucks past Matt Murray (and still lost).

Dmitry Orlov, # 9
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44218201626
 
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Orlov recorded an assist and three shots in Monday's 8-7 OT loss to the Penguins.

The 25-year-old blueliner also managed four hits and a block shot in Monday's wildly high-scoring contest. Orlov now has two goals and 20 points in 44 games, putting him on track for a career year as he's turned into a solid fantasy asset in his fifth season.

Tom Wilson, # 43
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443581040
 
Andre Burakovsky, # 65
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4171219610
 
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Burakovsky scored a goal and added an assist in a crazy 8-7 overtime loss to the Penguins on Monday.

The Austrian is on a nice little run, putting up four goals over a three-game point streak. He's up to 19 points in 41 games this year and will need to pick up his pace if he hopes to challenge last season's 38-point career-high effort.

Evgeny Kuznetsov, # 92
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44525301224
 
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Kuznetsov collected an assist -- but went minus-2 -- in Monday's 8-7 road loss to the Penguins.

The Russian's shareholders must be disappointed to see him do so little with each team going bonkers offensively. He's on pace to finish with 47 helpers and 56 points, which would be a fine output for your average player, but actually represents a 21-point drop from his phenomenal 2015-16 campaign. Worse yet, he's still looking for his first power-play goal this year and has cracked the scoresheet just five times on the man advantage by means of bagging apples. He's the kind of player who can get hot in short order, so keep starting him even if the return on investment isn't quite what you had hoped.