Dowd tallied an assist while winning nine of 14 faceoffs taken and logging 13:44 of ice time during Saturday's 4-1 win over the Stars. Dowd had been a healthy scratch in the previous two games (both losses) and made a solid impression in his return from the press box. The 29-year-old might continue to see competition from Chandler Stephenson for ice time in the short term, but the latter's roster spot could be at risk once Washington clears cap space for Michal Kempny's (hamstring) imminent return from the injured list. Even with regular ice time, the seventh-round pick from the 2009 NHL Entry Draft can be safely ignored in most formats.
Dowd was a healthy scratch during Tuesday's 3-2 overtime loss to the Stars. Dowd was held out in favor of Chandler Stephenson after Evgeny Kuznetsov returned from a three-game suspension, but could be in the lineup for Thursday's clash against Nashville. However, with no points in three games and averaging just 10:10 of ice time, the 29-year-old possesses very limited fantasy upside - even with an everyday role.
Dowd scored on a penalty shot in Saturday's 6-0 win over the Hurricanes in Game 5. Not only was it Dowd's first-ever postseason tally and his first successful NHL penalty shot, it was also the first playoff penalty-shot goal in Capitals history. The tally made it 5-0 halfway through the third period. Expectations should be tempered for Dowd; the goal was his first point in the postseason, and his usage as a fourth-liner gives him limited opportunities to factor into the offense.
Dowd agreed to terms on a three-year, $2.25 million contract extension with Washington on Thursday. Dowd was set to become an unrestricted free agent this offseason, but has instead tied himself to the Capitals for three more years. He's coming off a career year, in which he set new personal bests in goals (eight) and game-winning goals (three). The Alabama native averaged just 10:18 of ice time this year and will likely continue to log similar minutes throughout the postseason.
Dowd recorded the game-winning goal and two shots during Thursday's 3-2 win over the Hurricanes. Dowd couldn't have picked a better time for his seventh goal and 21st point of the season. The 28-year-old is one point away from tying a career high set in 2016-17 and has significantly improved his defensive prowess with a career-best plus-10 rating in his first season with the Capitals.
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