Capitals' Matt Niskanen: Shaping up to be active Thursday

Niskanen (lower body) is expected to suit up Thursday night against the visiting Islanders, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.

Niskanen's ailment apparently isn't serious, and he's benefiting from a four-day break ahead of the next contest. While the skilled passing defender has picked up nine helpers this season, he's been blanked on 38 shots in 21 games, so Niskanen's owners will be hoping more bounces go his way soon.

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