Matt Niskanen News
Niskanen (upper-body) will return to the Capitals lineup on Tuesday.
Niskanen has been sidelined since October 13th but will draw back into the Capitals lineup tonight in Nashville. Niskanen is expected to be eased back into the lineup and tonight he will skate with Dmitri Orlov at even-strength and take Christian Djoos’ spot on the second power-play unit.
Niskanen (lower-body) skated in a non-contact sweater on Friday.
Niskanen has been sidelined since October 13th, but has been making progress and returning to practice on Friday is a huge step. Niskanen said on Thursday that he needs a little more time before returning, so don’t expect a return until shortly after he is able to ditch the non-contact jersey.
Niskanen (lower-body) will return to the Capitals' lineup on Tuesday.
Niskanen missed the last two games, but will back in the lineup tonight in New York. Niskanen could see a slightly reduced role after the Capitals added Kevin Shattenkirk in a trade late Monday night. Niskanen will play with his regular partner Dmitry Orlov tonight and will play alongside John Carlson on the second power play unit.
Niskanen (lower-body) will miss Saturday’s game in Nashville.
Niskanen will miss his second game in a row after suffered a lower-body injury in Philadelphia on Wednesday. With Niskanen sidelined, John Carlson will continue to see a bunch of power play time and Taylor Chorney will remain in the lineup.
Niskanen left Wednesday's game with a lower-body injury; will be reevaluated on Thursday.
Niskanen (concussion) will be back in the Capitals' lineup on Sunday.
Niskanen (upper-body) will not travel to Buffalo.
Niskanen left Wednesday’s game with an upper-body injury and did not return. Niskanen will not travel to Buffalo, but the Capitals are back on home-ice on Sunday, so monitor his status prior to that meeting with the Canucks.
Niskanen (lower-body) will play on Thursday.
Niskanen left Saturday’s game with a lower-body injury, but he will be in the lineup tonight, despite missing a practice this week. Niskanen will play on the Capitals’ top power-play, but comes in with no goals on 38 shots and has nine assists in 21 games.
Niskanen (lower-body) missed practice on Monday.
Niskanen left Saturday’s game with a lower-body injury and did not return and missing Monday’s practice suggests that he could miss some time. The Capitals don’t play until Thursday, so monitor Niskanen’s status as the week progresses.
Niskanen (lower-body) is on the ice for warmups; looks like he is in.
Niskanen was listed as a game-time decision after suffering a lower-body injury on Sunday. He is skating with his regular D-partner Karl Alzner so expect him to play.
Niskanen (lower-body) will be a game-time decision on Wednesday.
Niskanen suffered a lower-body injury on Sunday vs. the Panthers. He missed Monday’s practice, skated briefly on Tuesday and participated in today’s morning skate, but is still considered a game-time decision. He said “I don’t know yet,” when asked if he would play, so monitor his status during pre-game warmups.
Niskanen is day-to-day with a lower-body injury.
Niskanen played 22:03 and was a plus-1 with five shots in the Capitals win over the Panthers last night. He finished the game, but must have been sore after and is listed as day-to-day. Monitor his status leading up to Wednesday’s game in Toronto.
The Capitals have signed Matt Niskanen to a seven-year deal worth $40.25 million.
Niskanen had a great year in Pittsburgh in 2013-14. Niskanen had 10 goals and 36 assists (46 points) with a plus-33 rating in 81 games. A huge season and a lack of defensemen depth in free agency leads to massive money for the 27-year-old. Niskanen will likely anchor the Capitals top power-play unit for the next number of seasons.