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Washington Capitals

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.

Source: Craig Laughlin 11/14/17, 8:42 am EST

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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.

Source: Tarik El-Bashir 11/10/17, 5:52 am EST

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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.

Source: Isabelle Khurshudyan 02/28/17, 4:11 pm EST

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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.

Source: Alex Prewitt 01/7/15, 9:17 am EST

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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.

Source: Bob McKenzie 07/1/14, 1:02 pm EST

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