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Orpik set up two goals in Wednesday's 5-4 overtime win over the Sharks.Orpik is still looking for his first goal but now has as many points (13) as he had last year in 72 games for the Penguins. However, don't be fooled by the increase in offensive production as Orpik's game is mostly concentrated on hits and blocks.

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Orpik collected an assist on Evgeny Kuznetsov's second-period goal in Thursday's win over the Senators.

Orpik is an asset in leagues that award points for hits and blocks, as he ranks first and third, respectively, in both categories among blueliners. In standard formats, however, it's hard to extract much value for Orpik, who provides little in the way of offense. He's still failed to find twine this season and only has 11 assists in 52 games.

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Orpik skated in warmups in advance of Thursday's Winter Classic, NHL.com's Dan Rosen reports.

While it's certainly a positive sign for Orpik's status, his presence on the ice in warmups is not a definitive sign that he'll play. A final call will come after warmups when the team issues a final injury report.

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Coach Barry Trotz said Orpik (leg) hasn't been ruled out for Thursday's Winter Classic yet, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.

Though he missed Wednesday's skate, Orpik will attempt to take pregame warmups, after which the Capitals will leave it on him to give an honest assessment of his health. At this juncture, it still appears likely that Orpik will sit out, but an official verdict on his status likely won't come until right before the puck drops.

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Orpik (leg) now appears unlikely to play in Thursday's Winter Classic match against the Blackhawks, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.

Orpik wasn't able to participate in Wednesday's practice, and given the afternoon start time of the Winter Classic, it sounds like the blueliner won't be healthy enough to give it a go. Nate Schmidt, who has been a scratch the last two games, is expected to assume Orpik's spot in the lineup.

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Capitals coach Barry Trotz said Tuesday that Orpik (leg) will be a game-time decision for Thursday against the Blackhawks, NHL.com's Dan Rosen reports.

Trotz also said the team will take a cautious approach, while Orpik confirmed that his status is shaky. The veteran defenseman exited Monday's game with a right leg injury, and he was unable to rejoin the contest.

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Capitals coach Barry Trotz said after Monday's game that Orpik's leg injury is not as bad as it looked, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports.

Orpik was unable to put any weight on his right leg while exiting Monday's game. He did not return to the contest, but it seems the Capitals are fairly optimistic.

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Orpik exited Monday's game with an apparent right leg injury and will not return, Mike Vogel of the Capitals' website reports.

The extent of Orpik's injury is uncertain, but he was unable to walk on his own or put any weight on his right leg. Expect an update on his status as more details become available.

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Orpik registered an assist, a plus-3 rating, and seven hits in 24:04 of ice time in Saturday's win over the Penguins.

A great outing from Orpik, who now has eight points (all assists) in 35 games on the season, to go with a plus-8 rating. Not known as a big offensive contributor, Orpik is more known for his solid defensive play. The 34-year-old has delivered for fantasy owners thus far, dishing out 134 hits and blocking 92 shots -- putting him among the top five NHL leaders in both categories. He can be valuable in fantasy, but don't expect more than 20 points.

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Orpik contributed seven hits and blocked seven shots in Thursday's win over the Hurricanes.

As expected, Orpik hasn't provided much offense this season (six points in 25 games), but he's been a stud on his own end under the defensive-minded Barry Trotz. Orpik's last blocked shot of the night proved to be a critical one, as it denied a possible Alexander Semin game-tying attempt to preserve the win for the Capitals. The blueliner's fantasy value is mostly limited to specialty leagues, as Orpik's 99 hits and 73 blocks rank first and third, respectively, among all defensemen.