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Jason Chimera, # 25
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
49131528114
 
Justin Williams, # 14
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
491618341712
 
News
Williams picked up an assist in Saturday's 3-2 OT win over the Devils.

Williams has laid to rest any doubts about waning offensive prowess, as the 34-year-old tallied his 35th point in 50 games this season -- including four assists in his last five games -- and is on pace for his best campaign since 2011-12. Meshing well with the emerging star Evgeny Kuznetsov, Williams has been a key cog in Washington's dominant performance this season, so keep playing him at every opportunity.

Brooks Laich, # 21
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
48145-710
 
News
Laich picked up an assist in Saturday's 3-2 OT win over the Devils.

The assist -- his first in 2016 -- couldn't have come at a better time as he helped set up Paul Carey's game-tying goal in the third period. A fixture on the fourth line, Laich has only managed one goal and five points in 48 games this season, and has more value to the Capitals as a defensive specialist than he does in fantasy leagues.

Mike Richards, # 10
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
6000-12
 
Alex Ovechkin, # 8
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
472914432128
 
News
Ovechkin made his return to the ice after a brief absence Thursday and potted the game-winning goal with 2:40 remaining to ensure a 3-2 win over the Islanders.

Ovie was forced to miss Tuesday's game after sitting out the All-Star Game with a lower-body injury, and the Caps basically punted that one, starting backup goalie Philipp Grubauer and taking a rare loss. But clearly the ailment was no big deal, as the superstar winger has now drawn within one goal of clearing 30 for the 11th time in his 11 NHL seasons.

Nicklas Backstrom, # 19
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
461731481822
 
News
Backstrom handed out a pair of assists Thursday in a 3-2 win over the Isles, pushing his point streak to five games.

It'd take quite the surge for Backstrom to hit the 60-assist mark, as he has the last two years, but 31 helpers to go with 17 goals in 48 games won't leave any fantasy owners complaining. As one of the most brilliant playmakers in the league and Alex Ovechkin's seemingly eternal partner on the Caps' top line, Backstrom's got nothing left to prove to fantasy owners. Just leave him in the lineup and let him do his work.

Karl Alzner, # 27
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
49312151614
 
Matt Niskanen, # 2
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
49219211518
 
Taylor Chorney, # 4
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
400551117
 
News
Chorney (illness) is on the ice for warmups and will return to the lineup Thursday against the Islanders, Mike Vogel of the Capitals' official site reports.

Chorney was considered questionable heading into the contest, but his presence on the ice for warmups indicates he'll be able to give it a go. Barring an odd setback of some kind, there's no reason to believe he shouldn't be good to go moving forward. The blueliner was paired with Dmitry Orlov during line rushes, and will likely serve in the same role for the contest.

T.J. Oshie, # 77
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
491616321516
 
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Oshie got the job done on both ends of the ice Thursday against the Islanders, notching a goal and an assist to go with four blocked shots and a couple hits in a 3-2 win.

As a bonus, the helper came on Alex Ovechkin's game-winning goal late in the third. Oddly, Oshie hasn't actually seen much statistical improvement this year from playing alongside Ovechkin -- his goals are up, but he's actually picking up points at a slower pace than last year. That said, the slick winger is on a four-game point streak and is in a great situation, so he's a good bet to pick up the pace down the stretch.

John Carlson, # 74
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
3762127414
 
Braden Holtby, # 70
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPW-L-OTSOSV%GAA
4031-5-22.9282.07
 
News
Holtby stopped 24 of 26 shots in Saturday's 3-2 OT win over the Devils.

Holtby continues to have a dominant campaign, notching his 32nd win of the season in just his 40th start. He has wins in both games following the All-Star break and has picked up right where he left off so continue starting him at every opportunity.

Marcus Johansson, # 90
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
441317301210
 
Injuries
Upper Body - Day-To-Day (Updated - 2/5/16)
News
Johansson (upper body) practiced Friday but didn't take contact and still has no timetable for his return, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.

"I felt better and better the last few days," Johansson said. "It's been going pretty quickly, so you want to be out there and skate with them and get back with the guys. That's something you miss, too, so it was fun to be out there today." Johansson reportedly will miss a back-to-back set that begins Saturday afternoon against the Devils and concludes with a home match against the Flyers. His next chance to suit up for a game will be Tuesday, a road date with the Predators, but per the report, Capitals coach Barry Trotz has indicated that he wants his players to get in "a couple" of practices before returning from injury.

Stanislav Galiev, # 49
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
1402214
 
Philipp Grubauer, # 31
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPW-L-OTSOSV%GAA
125-4-10.9162.30
 
News
Grubauer gave up four goals on a meager 18 shots against Florida on Tuesday.

Grubauer had an awful night on Tuesday, registering a .778 save percentage, his lowest of the season. It was not the type of performance that will instill confidence in coach Barry Trotz's ability to give starter Braden Holtby some rest heading into the playoffs. Washington have an upcoming back-to-back home stand Saturday and Sunday that should provide the 24-year-old a chance to redeem himself.

Dmitry Orlov, # 9
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
4941418914
 
News
Orlov recorded an assist and 14:04 of ice time in Thursday's 3-2 win over the Islanders.

Orlov is on pace for a career season with four goals and 18 points and a plus-9 rating in 49 games so far this season. While a valuable member of a Capitals defense corps that is exceeding expectations, his lack of power-play time and top-four minutes limit his fantasy value to deeper leagues at the moment.

Tom Wilson, # 43
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
49411154111
 
Andre Burakovsky, # 65
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
469122166
 
News
Burakovsky tallied an assist in Saturday's 3-2 OT win over the Devils.

Burakovsky assisted on Justin Williams' goal in the first period, and has amassed nine goals and 21 points in 46 games this season -- although he has 12 of those points in his last nine games. Showing improved confidence and solid chemistry with Williams and Evgeny Kuznetsov on a potent second line, the 23rd overall pick for the 2013 Draft is worth adding in all formats if available.

Evgeny Kuznetsov, # 92
YEAR-TO-DATE STATS
GPGAPTS+/-PIM
491536512524
 
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Kuznetsov picked up an assist in Saturday's 3-2 OT win over the Devils.

The helper was Kuznetsov's 37th of the season, giving him 52 points in 50 games in this breakout campaign for the 23-year-old Russian. With two goals and 12 assists in his last 10 games, he's a must start every night.