Eller skated with Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson on Washington's top line during Tuesday's morning skate, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.
Eller's displacement of Nicklas Backstrom on the top line is a bit puzzling given that the latter is currently Washington's leading scorer, but it appears head coach Peter Laviolette is tinkering with his forward lines as Washington prepares for another showdown with arch-rival Pittsburgh. The assignment is likely to be short-lived, but skating with the likes of Ovechkin and Wilson even for one game is likely to give the Danish center a significant boost in short-term fantasy value -- especially for those assembling lineups in daily formats.
Eller scored a goal and had a game-high seven shots in Tuesday's 3-1 win over Pittsburgh. He also won nine of 14 (64.3 percent) faceoffs.
Eller had a terrific night and was finally rewarded for it early in the third period, when he buried a centering feed from Richard Panik to extend Washington's lead to 3-0. It was Eller's first goal since Jan. 19 and snapped his personal five-game drought. He has five points in 10 contests and is just two shy of 300 for his NHL career.
Eller recorded a power-play assist and three hits while logging 14:34 of ice time during Sunday's 7-4 loss to the Flyers.
Eller had missed the previous four games with an upper-body injury. The Danish center will benefit from a larger role while Evgeny Kuznetsov (COVID-19 protocols) works his way back into the lineup, but he should ultimately slide back into a third-line role once Washington gets closer to full health.
Eller (upper body) will return to the lineup for Sunday's game against the Flyers.
Eller has missed the past four games due to the upper-body injury, but after resuming contact in Saturday's practice, he'll return to the lineup officially. The 31-year-old has gotten off to a slow start this season, recording just two points and eight shots across seven games. Eller is expected to handle a middle-six role at center during Sunday's contest.
Eller (upper body) resumed taking contact in Saturday's practice, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.
Ditching the non-contact jersey is the first positive sign for Eller's recovery in almost a week, as he has been skating on his own after formal practice sessions most days since exiting late in Jan. 26's win over the Islanders. It's not clear if the Danish center will be back in game shape in time for Sunday's matinee against the Flyers, but it appears he will be returning to the lineup in the near future.
Eller (upper body) isn't expected to be available for Thursday's game against the Rangers, NHL.com's Mike Vogel reports.
Eller has been skating in a non-contact jersey recently, but he'll need to be cleared to participate in a full practice before rejoining the lineup. T.J. Oshie will continue to fill in on Washington's second line until Eller or Evgeny Kuznetsov (COVID-19 protocols) is ready to return.
Eller (upper body) was on the ice in a non-contact jersey after Monday's formal morning skate, Mike Vogel of the Capitals' official site reports.
Eller is poised to miss his third straight game with the injury. The Danish center will have a couple of days to get cleared for contact before Washington's next game Thursday.
Eller (upper body) skated in a non-contact jersey during Sunday's practice, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.
That Eller is able to take the ice at all is certainly positive news after he went headfirst into the boards on Jan. 26 against the Islanders. The absence of any contact does not bode well for the Danish center's chances to return for Monday's rematch against the Bruins, but further clarification is expected after the morning skate.
Eller (upper body) is on the ice for Saturday's morning skate in a non-contact sweater, Mike Vogel of the Capitals' official site reports.
Eller won't be available for Saturday's game against Boston, but if he's able to ditch his non-contact sweater Sunday, he could return for Monday's rematch with the Bruins. The 31-year-old pivot has picked up two points through seven contests this campaign.
Eller (upper body) was not a participant in Friday's optional skate, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Eller's availability for Saturday's showdown against the Bruins remains unknown after he was knocked out of action during a Jan. 26 match against the Islanders. Check for further updates on the Danish center prior to puck drop.
Eller (upper body) will not play Thursday against the Islanders, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.
Head coach Peter Laviolette did not elaborate on the specific nature of Eller's injury but indicated he is "day to day." The Danish center had one goal and one assist in seven games prior to the injury.
Eller (upper body) left Tuesday's game versus the Islanders after he was boarded by Leo Komarov, JJ Regan of NBC Sports Washington reports.
After the game, head coach Peter Laviolette had no update on the status of either Eller or Nicklas Backstrom (undisclosed). With Evgeny Kuznetsov (COVID-19 protocols) also out, the Capitals could be down their top three centers ahead of Thursday's contest versus the Islanders. Expect more information on Eller to surface prior to that game.
Eller scored a goal on two shots and added two PIM in Tuesday's 5-4 overtime loss to the Penguins.
Eller joined an odd-man rush in the first period and buried a shot from the right faceoff dot, giving Washington a 1-0 lead less than five minutes into the game. It was Eller's first goal of the season. The 31-year-old has reliably produced in the range of 15 goals and 30 points for each of the last three seasons and is only a fantasy option in deeper leagues.
Eller tallied an assist and a minus-1 rating while logging 15:13 of ice time during Thursday's 6-4 win over the Sabres.
The helper puts Eller on a point-per-game pace, but the lack of power-play time and a top-six role will significantly limit the Danish center's offensive upside over the course of the season. Those in deeper leagues where the 31-year-old might be an option should monitor his production in the early going.
Eller did not skate with either of Washington's power-play units during Thursday's practice, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.
Eller had been a mainstay on Washington's second power-play unit in recent seasons, averaging 1:44 of ice time with the man advantage during the 2019-20 season. The Danish center has produced at a 30-plus point pace each of the last three seasons, but his production could falter without regular power-play opportunities, so those in deeper leagues considering drafting him should keep the reduced role in mind on draft day.
Eller (personal) went minus-4 and won only 6-of-19 faceoffs in Friday's 5-2 loss to the Islanders in Game 2.
Eller had to play on the second line Friday due to Nicklas Backstrom (concussion) being unavailable. The return didn't go well for Eller, who missed three games after leaving the bubble for the birth of his child. He was on the ice for all four of the Islanders' even-strength tallies. The Danish center will be in a top-six role for as long as Backstrom is out -- the Capitals will hope he can adjust to the added responsibility.
As expected, Eller (personal) will return to the lineup for Friday's Game 2 against the Islanders, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Eller's return to the lineup couldn't come at a better time for the Capitals, as they'll be without their No. 1 center Nicklas Backstrom, who's in the NHL's concussion protocol following a questionable hit from the Islanders' Anders Lee during Game 1, for Game 2 at a minimum. Eller's no Backstrom, but he put up solid numbers during the regular season, notching 16 goals and 39 points in 69 contests, and he's more than capable of skating in a top-six role and contributing on the power play.
Coach Todd Reirden said Wednesday that he expects Eller (personal) to return to the lineup for Friday's Game 2 against the Islanders, JJ Regan of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Eller missed Wednesday's Game 1 after he left the bubble for the birth of his child. The forward continues to work through health and safety protocols to return to the team, but as this news suggests, he could be nearing a return. If and when Eller is granted clearance to return to the lineup, he'll likely bump Travis Boyd or Nic Dowd out of the lineup at center.
Eller (personal) will not be available against the Islanders for Wednesday's Game 1, JJ Regan of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Eller left the bubble for the birth of his child and is still working his way through quarantine protocols in order to resume skating with the team. Coach Todd Reirden didn't provide any specifics on when the center might be able to get onto the ice. Until then, Travis Boyd figures to remain in a third-line role with Ilya Kovalchuk and Carl Hagelin.
Eller (personal) is not certain to play Game 1 against the Islanders, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.
Pell notes that while Eller could be out of the coronavirus testing protocol as early as Wednesday morning after exiting the Toronto bubble for the birth of his second child, at that point it will have been a week since he last skated and there are potential conditioning concerns. Expect further updates prior to puck drop at 3pm, but Travis Boyd would likely fill in for the Danish center on the third line if the latter is not ready to return to action.
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