Matt Niskanen
D WSH
4 weeks ago

Niskanen registered an assist during Saturday's 3-1 win over the Wild.

EDGE Analysis

The 30-year-old blueliner has just two points in eight games of an injury-plagued season to this point. A reliable 30-40 point defender each of the last four seasons, expect Niskanen to improve once he gets back in the swing of things.

Matt Niskanen
D WSH
1 month ago

Niskanen (upper body) will return to Washington's lineup for Tuesday's road game against the Predators, Tarik El-Bashir of NBC Sports Washington reports.

EDGE Analysis

Niskanen has missed the Capitals' last 13 games due to an upper-body injury, so he'll likely be eased back into action Tuesday. Nonetheless, the American blueliner racked up 39 points (five goals, 34 assists) in 78 games last campaign, so he's worth a look in most fantasy formats if he's not already owned by another team in your league.

Matt Niskanen
D WSH
1 month ago

Niskanen (upper body) has been cleared for some contact and will travel with the team for Tuesday's contest in Nashville, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran blueliner hasn't played since suffering the injury Oct. 13, missing each of the last 12 games. Expect Niskanen to get in a few practices ahead of Tuesday's game and hopefully being able to take full-contact in that time. If not, Niskanen could be ready by Thursday's matchup in Colorado.

Matt Niskanen
D WSH
1 month ago

Niskanen (upper body) said he's "feeling good," but doesn't know if he'll be an option for Sunday's home game against the Oilers, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

While the 30-year-old blueliner appears to making progress, he's not likely to have a firm timetable for his return until he proves that he can withstand full contact and show up for multiple practices. If he doesn't return Sunday, then perhaps Tuesday's road game against the Predators would be in play.

Matt Niskanen
D WSH
2 months ago

Niskanen (upper body) was placed on long-term injured reserve Saturday and he is considered week-to-week.

EDGE Analysis

Niskanen exited Friday's contest due to the upper-body injury and it appears the issue will cost him an extended period of time. It's a big blow early int he season along Washington's blue line. The team recalled Madison Bowey from AHL Hershey to replace him on the roster, but it will be difficult to replace Niskanen's production.

Matt Niskanen
D WSH
2 months ago

Niskanen will not return to Friday's game against the Devils due to an upper-body injury.

EDGE Analysis

With Niskanen done for the night, the Capitals will likely have to rely on either Christian Djoos or Aaron Ness to provide the team with more ice time the rest of the way. His status will availability for Saturday's contest will also likely be in jeopardy, but the team should update his status before then.

Matt Niskanen
D WSH
2 months ago

Niskanen logged 25:55 of ice time, including 1:08 on the power play and close to four-and-a-half minutes shorthanded in Monday's 4-3 overtime road loss to the Lightning.

EDGE Analysis

He hasn't tallied a point since the season opener, but Niskanen should get his fair share of offensive chances since he's utilized in all situations and power-play quarterback Kevin Shattenkirk is representing the Rangers instead of the Caps these days.

Matt Niskanen
D WSH
2 months ago

Niskanen had an assist in Thursday's 5-4 shootout win over Ottawa

EDGE Analysis

The veteran defenseman also finished with a plus-1 rating and two shots. A capable puck-moving defenseman, the Stanley Cup-winner has had four straight 30-point seasons and should be a solid producer once again in all formats.

Matt Niskanen
D WSH
2 months ago

Niskanen delivered an even-strength goal in Friday's 3-1 road loss to the Hurricanes.

EDGE Analysis

The defenseman with No. 2 stitched to his sweater telegraphed a slick wrister from the slot to beat Scott Darling. Niskanen will look to build off his impressive 39 points (five goals, 34 assists) in 78 games from last season, and he should get more chances now that stud blueliner Kevin Shattenkirk, who had been with the Capitals as a rental player, took his talents to the Big Apple with the Rangers.

Matt Niskanen
D WSH
6 months ago

Niskanen can't be picked by Vegas in the expansion draft, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

The 28-year-old put up 39 points from the blue line last season, which will easily earn him a place in the top-four of the Caps defensive core next season. Niskanen proved his ability to play on both ends of the ice with a plus-20 rating, and nine power-play points makes him a solid special teams option. $5.75 million annual cap hit is a high price tag, but he'll by vying for the title of top defenseman on a serious contender, so the Caps deemed him worth it.