Matt Niskanen D WAS 4 Days

Niskanen picked up two assists and went plus-2 with two PIM in Tuesday's loss to Columbus.

He's been finding the scoresheet with modest regularity recently, notching four helpers over the last five games. That's what amounts to a hot streak this year for Niskanen, who's seen his offensive production dry up dramatically on the heels of last year's 10-goal, 46-point explosion.

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Niskanen was on the ice for pregame warmups in advance of Wednesday's matchup with the Leafs, Mike Vogel of reports.

Niskanen was able to take part in the team's morning skate, but he had hardly been a lock to play Wednesday while dealing with a lower body injury. His participation in pregame warmups suggests he will, in fact, suit up.

Matt Niskanen D WAS 25 Days

Updating a previous report, Niskanen is now being considered a game-time decision for Wednesday's game against the Maple Leafs, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.

It was assumed Niskanen would play after he was able to take part in the team's morning skate, but the blueliner backtracked a bit, indicating after the session that he didn't know if his injury would allow him to suit up. The Capitals will likely wait and see how he performs during pregame warmups before reaching a verdict on his status.

Matt Niskanen D WAS 25 Days

Niskanen (lower body) is on track to play Wednesday against the Maple Leafs.

Niskanen missed Monday's practice with the injury, but it doesn't sound like it was any kind of serious concern. The blueliner has been durable this season in suiting up for all 38 of the Capitals' games, but he hasn't provided the point production the team was banking on him after inking a seven-year deal this summer.

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Niskanen is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.

Niskanen's injury likely occurred during Sunday's 4-3 victory over the Panthers on Sunday, though it's a bit unclear when it happened. He didn't practice with the team Monday, so his status for Wednesday's game against the Maple Leafs.

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Niskanen picked up three assists in Friday's win over the Islanders.

Niskanen has heated up lately, tallying a goal and five points in his last three games. The 27-year-old now has 10 points (one goal) in 22 games this season, to go with a minus-2 rating. Niskanen has been very streaky this season, but considering he is playing alongside Alex Ovechkin on the top power-play unit, it's possible the former Penguin hits 40 points in his first campaign with Washington.

Matt Niskanen D WAS 2 Months

Niskanen scored his first goal of the season in Saturday's loss to Buffalo. It took him 20 games to notch the goal.

The Caps thought they were getting so much more when they inked him this summer, especially after last year's 10-goal, 46-point effort. So far, he has just six points and cannot be trusted to deliver fantasy value ... at least at this point.

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Niskanen picked up a pair of assists in the second period of Friday's 3-2 win over Chicago.

The helpers snapped a five-game pointless streak for Niskanen, who has now posted five points in 13 games with his new club. Perhaps most alarming are his lack of shots on goal (13) after averaging two per game (162 in 81) with the Penguins last year. Furthermore, Mike Green and John Carlson are the top offensive weapons on Washington's blue line, so it's starting to look like "Nisky" could end up as a significant fantasy bust this season after a 46-point, plus-33 breakout last year.

Matt Niskanen D WAS 4 Months

Niskanen picked up his first points of the year Thursday against the Devils, notching a pair of assists.

After a career year of 10 goals and 46 points for the rival Penguins last year, Niskanen signed with Washington and delivered a quiet first three games, so it's good to see him get in on the action a little more.

Matt Niskanen D WAS 4 Months

Niskanen got an assist and logged over 25 minutes of ice-time in the Capitals' 5-4 OT win over the Bruins on Friday.

Signed to a massive seven year contract earlier this summer, Niskanen has displayed the kind of poise and puck-moving skills that made him such a highly sought after commodity in free agency. Niskanen has been a solid player thus far in preseason, and looks to be a fixture in the team's top defensive pairings. However, his fantasy upside hinges significantly on his role with the power-play, and it is still not clear whether he will spend significant time with Alex Ovechkin on the team's top unit. Given that he is going in the top-10 amongst defensemen after posting career numbers last season, Niskanen has the potential to have a great season, but carries some risk at this stage of preseason.