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Niskanen assisted on Karl Alzner's game-opening goal and then finished the scoring with the game-winner in overtime Thursday against New Jersey.

Niskanen's on a hot little stretch of play here, with five points in his last four games, and he and Alzner carried the offense Thursday. Still, Niskanen remains a full 20 points short of last year's 46-point output with Pittsburgh, and there are just eight games left in the season.

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Niskanen dished out a pair of power-play assists in Monday's 4-3 win over the Sabres.

Niskanen was on the ice for 26:00 in the win, marking the fourth consecutive game he's logged at least 25:00 worth of ice time. The bump in minutes hadn't led to any production on the score sheet until Monday's multi-point effort -- which was just the second time in the past 11 games he's recorded a point. The 28-year-old is now just halfway to last season's 46-point output, but he could be worth a look in deeper leagues if he can continue to produce on the power-play.

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Niskanen will take the place of Mike Green (upper-body) on the Capitals' top power play unit for Wednesday's crucial match against the Rangers, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports.

With Green on the mend, Niskanen will get first crack at the coveted point position opposite Hart Trophy candidate Alex Ovechkin on the Capitals' vaunted top power play unit. Green's injury isn't believed to be serious, but given his injury history, Niskanen figures to get a short term boost in value as long as Green remains out of the lineup if he can keep the Capitals' power play running smoothly. While he hasn't made the most of his earlier chances at this role, he's got enough short term value where he's worth adding if available in your league.

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Niskanen collected an assist in Thursday's win over the Jets.Niskanen has only two points (both assists) over his last 12 games. He's had a few other scoring droughts of a similar extent this season, which has qualified as a deep disappointment after he ranked among the top blueliners with 46 points a season earlier. It hasn't helped matters that he's posted a 2.5 shooting percentage this year, the second-lowest rate of his career.

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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 WashingtonCaps.com 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.

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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 3 Months

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.

Matt Niskanen D WAS 3 Months

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.