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15 Matt Niskanen D

Philadelphia Flyers

Fantasy Stats
Own%Start%
72%61%
Key Stats
GAPTS+/-PIMTOI
82533152921:04

Player Updates

March 24, 2020 02:36 PM
Flyers' Matt Niskanen: Turning in strong season
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Niskanen has eight goals and 33 points with a plus-15 rating in 68 games this season.

The veteran defenseman's been more than solid during his first season with the Flyers. He needs two more goals and 13 additional points to tie career highs in both categories. Recording 13 more points is unlikely, but Niskanen needs just seven points for his second-highest total in the category during his career. However, it's difficult to know how the lengthy time off will affect his ability to reach those totals (assuming the season resumes).

February 26, 2020 03:20 AM
Flyers' Matt Niskanen: Fills stat sheet
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Niskanen recorded an assist, three shots on net, three blocks and a plus-3 rating in a 4-2 victory over the Sharks on Tuesday.

The veteran defenseman is experiencing a tremendous second half. Niskanen has two goals and 13 points with a plus-9 rating in the last 13 games since the All-Star break. He's playing more than 22 minutes per game and averaging almost two shots on net per game as well. With this surge, it's realistic for Niskanen to reach 10 goals and 40 points for the first time since 2013-14. He has seven goals and 32 points in 62 games this season.

February 3, 2020 11:28 PM
Flyers' Matt Niskanen: Stays hot with empty-netter
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Niskanen scored an empty-net goal and fired four shots on net in Monday's 3-0 win over the Red Wings.

Niskanen launched a shot from nearly his own goal line to hit the empty cage. The 33-year-old has posted five points and a plus-5 rating over his last three games. For the year, Niskanen is at 24 points, 92 hits and 102 shots in 52 games. He's just one point shy of matching last year's output.

January 31, 2020 10:24 PM
Flyers' Matt Niskanen: Notches two helpers Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Niskanen picked up two assists, one on the power play, in Friday's 4-3 overtime loss to the Penguins.

The veteran blueliner has been a solid contributor in his first season with the Flyers. Niskanen has five goals and 21 points through 50 games, with 10 of those points coming with the man advantage -- the fifth time in his career he's reached double-digit PP points, and the first time since 2015-16.

January 16, 2020 12:08 AM
Flyers' Matt Niskanen: Slings helper Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Niskanen produced an assist, two shots on goal, two hits and two PIM in Wednesday's 4-3 overtime win over the Blues.

Niskanen has cooled off with just two points in his last 11 games. He's up to 18 points in 46 contests this season. On the ice, his role has typically been defense-first despite his ability to generate solid offense from the blue line. The 33-year-old has added 87 shots, 87 hits and 53 blocks in 2019-20.

January 15, 2020 02:28 AM
Flyers' Matt Niskanen: Struggling mightily
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Niskanen has one assist with a minus-7 rating and 15 shots in the last 10 games.

His assist came on Jan. 2, and at the time, it seemed like that was going to end a little slump he experienced at the end of December, but it's continued. In his most recent five contests, Niskanen has zero points, a minus-3 rating and six shots. Niskanen simply hasn't played well since Christmas. He has five goals and 17 points with a minus-3 rating in 45 games this season.

January 3, 2020 02:28 PM
Flyers' Matt Niskanen: Ends mini-slump with helper
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Niskanen posted an assist, three shots on goal and five hits in Thursday's 5-4 loss to the Golden Knights.

Niskanen went four games without a point, which isn't too unusual for the two-way defenseman. In 40 contests this year, he's produced 17 points, 74 hits, 79 shots and 46 blocked shots. He's been a vital veteran presence on a young Flyers blue line, and fantasy owners in deeper formats can appreciate the well-rounded production, as well.

December 23, 2019 01:48 PM
Flyers' Matt Niskanen: Back in action
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Niskanen (illness) is in the projected lineup for Monday's matchup with the Rangers, NHL.com's Adam Kimelman reports.

Niskanen missed Saturday's game against the Senators due to an illness, but he was never expected to be sidelined for long. The 33-year-old American, who's picked up 16 points while posting a plus-4 rating in 35 games this campaign, will skate on Philadelphia's top pairing against the Rangers.

December 21, 2019 07:00 PM
Flyers' Matt Niskanen: Too sick to play
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Niskanen (illness) will not dress Saturday in Ottawa.

The flu bug recently found its way into the Flyers' dressing room, and Niskanen fell victim to it. As a result, the defenseman will miss Saturday's contest. All signs point to Niskanen being back to full health in time to face the Rangers on Monday.

December 22, 2019 12:16 PM
Flyers' Matt Niskanen: Game-time call Saturday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Niskanen (illness) is considered a game-time decision for Saturday's game against the Senators.

Niskanen has been impressive lately, posting three goals and two assists over the last eight games. Philippe Myers (illness) is also a game-time call, leaving the team with just five healthy defensemen unless it recalls a blueliner from its AHL affiliate.

December 20, 2019 05:56 PM
Flyers' Matt Niskanen: Scores goal, assist in rout
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Niskanen scored a power-play goal and picked up an assist in Thursday's 6-1 defeat of the Sabres.

It was the third multi-point effort of the year for Niskanen and his third power-play goal. The blueliner is on pace to reach the 30-point mark for the first time since the 2016-17 campaign when he was with Washington, making him a decent fantasy option.

December 6, 2019 11:00 AM
Flyers' Matt Niskanen: Provides first goal since October
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Niskanen scored a goal on three shots and had three blocks in Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Coyotes.

Niskanen accounted for the Flyers' lone goal when he thwarted Darcy Kuemper's shutout bid late in the third period. It was Niskanen's third goal of the season, but his first since Oct. 21, ending a run of 21 games without a goal. The 32-year-old has landed between 25 and 39 points in each of the previous five seasons, and he's on track to do so again in his first year as a Flyer.

November 30, 2019 12:04 AM
Flyers' Matt Niskanen: Dials up two assists
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Niskanen added a pair of assists in Friday's 6-1 win over the Red Wings.

This was Niskanen's second multi-point effort in November. He's now up to two goals and nine helpers through 26 games, and the defenseman will have a chance to cap off the month in style when the Flyers take on the Habs in Montreal on Saturday to complete the back-to-back set.

November 5, 2019 11:12 PM
Flyers' Matt Niskanen: Two helpers in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Niskanen picked up two assists, one on the power play, in Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Hurricanes.

It's the veteran defenseman's first multi-point effort this year. Niskanen is off to a solid start to his first season as a Flyer, scoring two goals and eight points through 14 games -- with five of those points (one goal, four helpers) coming with the man advantage.

November 2, 2019 11:12 AM
Flyers' Matt Niskanen: Records five hits
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Niskanen posted an assist and a plus-1 rating with five PIM, five hits and a shot on goal during a 4-3 shootout victory over the Devils on Friday.

The veteran defenseman had a good night in the physical categories and got into his first fight of the season. Hitting and spending a lot of time in the box aren't things he's done a lot of in his career, but the 33-year-old has been trending in that direction over the last year or two. His physical numbers are behind his pace from last season, but in the last four games, Niskanen has seven PIM and 12 hits. He also has two goals and six points with a plus-2 rating in 12 contests this season.

October 22, 2019 11:44 AM
Flyers' Matt Niskanen: Lights lamp with man advantage
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Niskanen scored a power-play goal in Monday's 6-2 win over Vegas.

Skating a team-high 24:30, Niskanen helped the Flyers dominate the Golden Knights. His goal gave Philadelphia a 4-0 lead at the 14:24 mark of the second period, putting the game well out of reach for Vegas. Now with five points, Niskanen will continue to play a key role for the Flyers, especially on the power play, where he's collected three of his five points in 2019-20.

October 16, 2019 12:20 AM
Flyers' Matt Niskanen: First goal in orange
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Niskanen tallied a goal on two shots and blocked two shots in Tuesday's 3-1 loss to the Flames.

Niskanen was the only Flyers skater to solve Flames goalie David Rittich. The 32-year-old defenseman is on a modest three-game point streak (one goal, two helpers) to go with six blocked shots.

June 14, 2019 02:32 PM
Flyers' Matt Niskanen: Flipped in salary move
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Niskanen was acquired by Philadelphia from Washington in exchange for Radko Gudas on Friday. The Flyers will retain 30 percent of Gudas' salary as part of the deal.

Niskanen notched eight goals and 17 assists last year, reaching the 25-point mark for a sixth straight season. Gudas has never reached the 25-point mark in his seven-year career, so this move represents a solid upgrade on the blue line for the Flyers. Niskanen is a top-four defenseman with a high-powered shot that could help him land a power-play role with his new club.

April 14, 2019 01:08 AM
Capitals' Matt Niskanen: Snags assist
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Niskanen registered an assist, three blocked shots and two hits in Saturday's 4-3 overtime win over the Hurricanes in Game 2 of their first-round series.

Niskanen had 25 points in 80 games in the regular season, his lowest mark in a full campaign since collecting 21 in 2011-12. He did have a career-high 167 hits as well as 137 blocked shots and 143 shots on goal. Niskanen's usage is more in a defensive capacity on the second pairing with Dmitry Orlov, but the 32-year-old contributes enough outside of scoring to be worth a look in fantasy if the Capitals can make another deep playoff run.

March 25, 2019 10:48 AM
Capitals' Matt Niskanen: Bags apple Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Niskanen recorded an assist, two hits and three blocked shots during Sunday's 3-1 win over the Flyers.

The helper marks only the second point for Niskanen in his last 12 games despite averaging 21:30 of ice time. With eight goals and 24 points and a minus-2 rating in 74 games, the 31-year-old Minnesotan's fantasy appeal is beginning to erode somewhat as he's deployed more and more in a shutdown capacity.

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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
2016-17Washington785343920102000
2017-18Washington687222924001000
2018-19Washington8081725-3101000
2019-20Philadelphia688253315410000
94972284356112201170
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
2016-17Washington1543.21729:442030139:55201:59320016
2017-18Washington1205.81537:17169034:48184:59360018
2018-19Washington1435.61754:31190946:04220:40411018
2019-20Philadelphia1266.31489:321894139:26178:43291012
15544.619838:24233601851:321712:4948991216
POSTSEASON STATS
SEASONTeamGPGAPTS+/-PPSHGWGTFWFL
2007-08Dallas16033-2000000
2010-11Pittsburgh7011-3000000
2011-12Pittsburgh41232100000
2012-13Pittsburgh15022-4000000
2013-14Pittsburgh13279-2200000
2014-15Washington14044-2000000
2015-16Washington120333000000
2016-17Washington131340100000
2017-18Washington241896000000
2018-19Washington70220000000
12553540-2400000
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
2016-17Washington244.2294:2036112:3125:5019112
2017-18Washington323.1609:076749:5274:398004
2018-19Washington70.0173:081955:5126:250000
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Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-1/203
Birthdate:
12/6/1986
Age:
33
Hometown:
Virginia, MN
Team:
Philadelphia Flyers
School:

NHL Experience: