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Matt Niskanen | Defenseman | #2

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 12/6/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 200
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 1 (28) / DAL
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Matt Niskanen doubled his season's goal total during Sunday's 5-0 win over the Flyers.
Niskanen now has four goals and 20 points in 42 games this season, which puts him on pace to outclass his previous highs with the Capitals of five goals and 32 points. Jan 15 - 3:38 PM

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Matt Niskanen collected a pair of assists during Saturday's 6-2 win over the Devils on Saturday.

The talented blue liner is now up to 15 assists and 17 games in 34 games this seaosn. Niskanen is right on track for another season of 30-something points.
Sat, Dec 31, 2016 04:45:00 PM

Matt Niskanen scored two goals in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the New York Islanders.

This game was tied 2-2 heading into the third period, and that's when Niskanen did all his damage. He gave his team a 3-2 lead just 1:34 into the final frame and he added the insurance marker on the power play with less than two minutes remaining. The goals were the first two of the season for the Caps defenseman. He has 12 points in 27 games in 2016-17.
Tue, Dec 13, 2016 10:01:00 PM

Matt Niskanen will indeed return to the Capitals' blue line on Sunday.

Niskanen has nine assists in 25 games this season, and should be slotted back into your lineup.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 04:04:00 PM

Matt Niskanen practiced fully on Saturday and could return as early as Sunday from his suspected concussion.

The defenseman was injured Wednesday and must pass the NHL's concussion protocol before he is able to play again. Niskanen practiced with the second power play unit but was the extra defenseman in five-on-five drills. "I just wanted to join the group today, and I was cleared to do that," Niskanen said. "I needed a little bit of extra work because I wasn’t on the ice for a few days. I tested a few things out. I thought it went well so far." Niskanen has nine assists in 25 games this season after missing his first game on Friday. Stay tuned.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 10:45:00 AM

Matt Niskanen (upper body) is being listed as day-to-day.

Niskanen won't travel to Buffalo with the Capitals, so he'll miss at least Friday's game. He was hurt when Patrice Bergeron boarded him from behind during Wednesday's contest.
Thu, Dec 8, 2016 01:37:00 PM

Matt Niskanen (upper body) left Wednesday's contest and will not return.

Washington initially said that Niskanen would be back, but later stated that he's being held out for precautionary reasons. He was injured when Patrice Bergeron boarded him from behind.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 10:05:00 PM

Matt Niskanen (lower body) will play on Thursday.

Niskanen left Saturday's game due to the ailment, but he didn't end up missing any additional playing time. It probably helped that the Capitals had a gap in their schedule, providing him with nearly a week to recover.
Thu, Dec 1, 2016 11:24:00 AM

Matt Niskanen (lower body) is expected to play Thursday, barring any setbacks.

He took part in a full practice on Wednesday and skated on the top power-play unit, which are good indications that he is ready to return.
Wed, Nov 30, 2016 01:44:00 PM

The Capitals are hoping that Matt Niskanen (lower body) will participate in Wednesday's practice.

Niskanen was hurt on Saturday and didn't skate with the team on Monday. Still, if he does practice on Wednesday then he might be able to play on Thursday.
Mon, Nov 28, 2016 01:48:00 PM

Matt Niskanen (lower body) didn't skate with the Capitals on Monday.

Niskanen left Saturday's game due to the injury. Washington is listing him as day-to-day.
Mon, Nov 28, 2016 12:41:00 PM

Matt Niskanen left Saturday's game versus Toronto with a lower body injury.

He skated just over 13 minutes before departing with the ailment. We'll keep you posted on his status as it develops. He is considered day-to-day for now.
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 09:52:00 PM

Matt Niskanen recorded an assist in Washington's 7-1 win Wednesday night.

Niskanen has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last four games. He has no goals, but eight assists in 16 games this season.
Thu, Nov 17, 2016 11:38:00 AM

Matt Niskanen has five assists in nine games this season.

Niskanen is looking to take on more of an offensive role after recording 31 and 32 points in each of his first two seasons with Washington. It's still early, but obviously five points in nine contests is a solid start. He has 40-point potential, though we wouldn't consider him a safe bet to reach that milestone.
Thu, Nov 3, 2016 09:56:00 AM

Matt Niskanen is looking for more offense this season.

He actually wanted more last season as well but with injuries to Brooks Orpik and John Carlson, Niskanen was thrust into the role of the Capitals shut down blueliner. He still managed one extra point over the previous season but Niskanen thinks that he can do more offensively. "Instead of focusing on some of the offensive parts of the game, he learned to defend better than he ever has and was then a huge part of us having the season that we did," associate coach Todd Reirdon said. "Truly, that’s the reason he was able to make it onto that U.S. team, because of how he defended and not because of his offensive game. Now, that’s the next challenge. Matt and I have been through a number of plans over the years and different roles that he’s had, and that’s something that we definitely discussed was having him add a little bit more offense. ... But now I’m able to hold him to a whole ‘nother level defensively that he showed me this year."
Mon, Sep 26, 2016 10:12:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Lars Eller
4Jay Beagle
LW1Alex Ovechkin
2Marcus Johansson
3Andre Burakovsky
4Daniel Winnik
RW1T.J. Oshie
2Justin Williams
3Tom Wilson
4Brett Connolly
D1John Carlson
2Matt Niskanen
3Karl Alzner
4Brooks Orpik
5Dmitry Orlov
6Nate Schmidt
7Taylor Chorney
G1Braden Holtby
2Philipp Grubauer