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Capitals' Pheonix Copley: Gets win with help from Ovie
Copley made 26 saves in a 4-3 shootout win over Buffalo on Saturday night.
Copley has three straight wins and a 7-2-1 record on the season. His overall ratios aren't spectacular, but wins are wins. Perhaps the North Pole native will get a nice gift for his game from his hometown buddy, Santa, and those ratios will start to improve. Copley is a matchups guy -- nothing more and nothing less. And in this case, Alexander Ovechkin and his prolific scoring streak helped deliver the win.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Alex Ovechkin: Still on streak
Ovechkin extended his point streak to an NHL career-high 14 games with a goal and then decided the shootout Saturday in a 4-3 win over Buffalo.
Ovie has scored at least one goal in six straight games and has 29 this season. And he has 23 points, including an incredible 17 goals, during his point streak. There is no slowing Ovechkin down.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Pheonix Copley: Opposing Sabres in D.C.
Copley will field shots at home against the Sabres on Saturday, JJ Regan of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Gearing up for his 10th start of the season, Copley is an appealing goalie to stream in DFS contests since the defending Stanley Cup champions carry a spectacular plus-21 goal differential and have a cushy lead atop the Metropolitan Division standings at 19-9-3. Washington's primary backup will take aim at a Sabres club that ranks 14th in the league by means of averaging 2.81 road goals per game.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Tyler Lewington: Called up as insurance option
Lewington was called up from AHL Hershey on Saturday, Chris Kuc of The Athletic reports.
The Capitals needed a seventh defenseman since Christian Djoos (thigh) has been shifted to injured reserve without a clear timeline for his return. Enter Lewington, who signed a two-year, two-way deal with the club in May. He's quite the intimidating player having accumulated 67 PIM over 26 games for AHL Hershey this season, but Lewington lacks offensive utility.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Braden Holtby: Struggles against power play
Holtby allowed five goals on 27 shots in a 6-5 shootout victory against the Hurricanes on Friday.
The Hurricanes power play did in the 28-year-old goaltender, as Carolina went 3-for-6 with the man advantage. Holtby also yielded a shorthanded goal, but he did stop 17 of 18 at even strength. That and enough saves in the shootout helped Holtby at least win the game. Owners have to be disappointed in his .910 save percentage and 2.90 GAA, but Holtby did improve to 13-7-2 with the victory.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' John Carlson: Continues hot streak
Carlson posted three assists, three shots on goal, three hits and five blocks in a 6-5 shootout victory against the Hurricanes on Friday.
The 28-year-old hasn't scored a goal since Oct. 22, but he's remained very productive with 22 assists in the last 22 games. Since Nov. 24, Carlson has 13 assists and a plus-13 rating in nine contests. Sure, owners would like more goal-scoring, but as it is, Carlson is averaging more than a point per game with five goals and 35 points in 30 contests. He also has 76 shots on goal, 65 blocks and 20 hits this season.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Nic Dowd: Posts season-high three assists
Dowd recorded three assists in a 6-5 shootout victory against the Hurricanes on Friday.
The 28-year-old benefitted from playing with Alex Ovechkin for much of the night, as he assisted two of the captain's three goals. The three assists equaled one-third of the production Dowd had in the first 26 games this season, but if he keeps receiving minutes with Oveckin, Dowd could continue to produce like this and should be owned in all leagues. He has four goals and 12 points in 27 games this season.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Alex Ovechkin: Registers another hat trick
Ovechkin recorded his second hat trick of the week in a 6-5 shootout victory against the Hurricanes on Friday.
The 33-year-old has scored in five straight games, but even more impressively, Ovechkin has posted back-to-back hat tricks. Since Thanksgiving, he has 13 goals and 18 points with a plus-13 rating in 10 games. Obviously, he's been one of the hottest players in the league during that stretch. Overall, he leads the league with 28 goals and 42 points in 31 games.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Christian Djoos: Moves to IR following surgery
Djoos (lower body) has been placed on injured reserve, per the NHL's official media site.
Djoos (lower body) had surgery Thursday and will miss an extended period of time. The team has yet to establish a timeline for the 24-year-old's return, but don't expect him back anytime soon. His absence means little considering he's tallied just four assists in 28 games.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Tom Wilson: Evidently fit for return
Wilson (concussion) is expected to play Friday following a three-game injury layoff, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.
Recall that Wilson was drilled by Vegas enforcer Ryan Reaves in a Dec. 4 road game, which some viewed as poetic justice for the Capitals forward, who certainly delivers his share of questionable hits and is no stranger to the league's player safety division. At any rate, Wilson's fantasy owners will be eager to get him back into lineups, as he's off to a career-best offensive pace with eight goals and six assists through his first 11 games.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Braden Holtby: In line to start Friday
Holtby is slated to start on the road against the Hurricanes on Friday, Chris Kuc of The Athletic reports.
Washington's premier puck plugger skated away with wins in his last performances, including a 28-save shutout to the detriment of the Blue Jackets last Saturday. Holtby will now face a Carolina team that is averaging only 2.73 goals per game at home this season -- 28th in the NHL.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Christian Djoos: Facing indefinite absence
Djoos is out indefinitely after surgery was performed on his left thigh Thursday.
Djoos remains on the active roster, but typically players without a definitive timetable for their return wind up on injured reserve. Rookie blueliner Jonas Siegenthaler, who was called up from AHL Hershey on Monday, should be a mainstay at the top level while Djoos is in recovery mode.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Christian Djoos: Dealing with lower-body issue
Djoos will miss Wednesday's practice session due to a lower-body injury and is considered day-to-day.
Djoos logged 16:23 of ice time versus Detroit on Tuesday, over three minutes more than his season average (13:13), so it's not immediately clear when he picked up his injury. The Caps aren't back in action until Friday's clash with Carolina, so the defenseman has some time to get healthy. In the event he can't play, Jonas Siegenthaler would likely slot into the lineup -- depending on the healthy of Brooks Orpik (knee) who appears to be nearing a return.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' John Carlson: Spectacular season continues
Carlson recorded two assists in Tuesday's 6-2 win over the Red Wings.
The Caps' blueliner leads all defenseman with 27 assists. Through 29 games, Carlson is averaging more than a point per game. He continues to reward his owners most every night and should be a lock to start if you own him.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' T.J. Oshie: Scores in return to lineup
Oshie picked up a power-play goal in Washington's 6-2 win over Detroit on Tuesday. It was his first game action since going down with a concussion on Nov. 14.
The forward had been gone for nearly a month, missing 11 games with a concussion, but Oshie returned Tuesday and wasted little time making an impact. The goal gives him 10 on the year to go along with five assists. To date, Oshie's played just 19 games, but hopefully the winger can stay healthy moving forward.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Evgeny Kuznetsov: Notches pair of assists in home win
Kuznetsov finished with two assists Tuesday in the Capitals' 6-2 home win over Detroit.
Kuznetsov now has 16 power-play points this season, sixth most in the NHL. The Caps' No. 2 center -- behind Nick Backstrom -- has seven goals and 29 points through 24 games. He's been on a roll of late with eight points in his last six games, half of which have come with the man advantage. Kuznetsov is a must-start if you own him and a safe bet in most daily formats as well.... See More ... See Less