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Matt Niskanen | Defenseman | #2

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 12/6/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 203
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 1 (28) / DAL
Contract: view contract details

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Matt Niskanen is ready to return from a hand injury on Tuesday night.
Coach Barry Trotz plans to ease Niskanen back into the lineup, but he could see his typical 20-plus minutes of playing time if there aren't any issues. Niskanen was paired with Dmitry Orlov during the morning skate. Nov 14 - 2:24 PM

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Matt Niskanen (hand) isn't ready to return yet.

Niskanen been cleared for "some contact, but he's not full totally out of the woods there," coach Barry Trotz said. The Capitals bench boss added that Niskanen will travel with the team for a two-game road trip, but it's unclear if he will be available to play.
Nov 12 - 2:33 PM

Matt Niskanen (hand) was on the ice on Friday, but wasn't using a stick.

Obviously, Niskanen needs to be able to demonstrate that he can stickhandle before he'll return to the lineup. He's eligible to be activated off the long-term injured reserve on Nov. 7, but it seems very unlikely that he'll be ready by that date.
Nov 3 - 1:05 PM

Matt Niskanen (hand) has been skating with the team's strength and conditioning coach before practices.

Niskanen isn't eligible to come off long-term injured reserve until Nov. 7, but he may not be available to play at that time. He still hasn't been able to join the Capitals for practice.
Oct 31 - 5:45 PM

Matt Niskanen will not be eligible to return to action before November 7th.

The Capitals placed him on the long-term injury list which requires a minimum 10-game absence. Niskanen could be out even longer with what appears to be a rather serious upper-body injury. Reserve him immediately.
Oct 14 - 11:35 AM

The Washington Capitals have placed Matt Niskanen on long-term IR.

Niskanen was injured in Friday's game against the New Jersey Devils. It's unclear how long Niskanen will be out, but it's definitely a tough blow to Washington's defense. He has one assist, eight penalty minutes and a plus-1 rating this season. Madison Bowey was recalled from the minors to take his place on the roster.
Oct 14 - 10:21 AM

Matt Niskanen suffered an upper-body injury in the second period of Friday's game against the Devils.

The Capitals have already announced that his night is done. Niskanen will be re-evaluated tomorrow. We'll consider him day-to-day for now, but it would be a big blow to the Caps if he's out long-term.
Oct 13 - 8:50 PM

Matt Niskanen scored a goal in Friday's 3-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.

The 30-year-old tied the game at just 30 seconds into the second frame. Niskanen isn't an incredible point producer, but he has been pretty consistent over the last few years. The Caps defenseman has scored between 31 and 46 points in each of the last four seasons. He'll have some fantasy value in standard leagues.
Sep 29 - 10:59 PM

Matt Niskanen insisted that there was no intent to injure when he cross-checked Sidney Crosby in the back of the head during Monday's contest.

Niskanen received a five-minute major and game misconduct while Crosby was unable to continue playing. "It wasn’t intentional," Niskanen said. "I’ve seen the replay. In super slowmo, it looks really bad. I caught him high. He’s coming across trying to score. As he’s doing that, he’s getting lower and lower. And when it’s happening that fast, you know, my stick and his head collided. I wasn’t extending, trying to hit him in the head." Niskanen added that he wasn't trying to crosscheck Crosby with "a serious amount of force." Niskanen won't be suspended, so he's expected to be in the lineup for Game 4.
May 2 - 11:02 AM

Matt Niskanen will be rested on Sunday against Florida.

Through 78 games this season he posted five goals and 39 points along with 93 blocks and 147 hits.
Apr 9 - 5:28 PM

Matt Niskanen scored the game winner Sunday.

It was his fifth of the season as his goal made it 3-0 Washington. The Capitals gave up two goals in the third to Columbus to make it close. Niskanen has 39 points, his best season in the NHL. He is worth looking at next season as he could get 45 points in 2017-18.
Apr 3 - 10:56 AM

Matt Niskanen (lower body) will return to action on Tuesday night.

He missed two games because of a lower-body injury. He is slated to be paired with Dmitry Orlov.
Feb 28 - 6:15 PM

Matt Niskanen (lower body) will miss Saturday's contest.

It will be Niskanen's second straight game on the sidelines. He has four goals and 32 points in 58 contests in 2016-17.
Feb 25 - 6:07 AM

Matt Niskanen (lower body) won't play Friday against the Oilers.

His injury is not feared to be serious, so let's consider him day-to-day for now. His next chance to play will be Saturday against Nashvill.e
Feb 24 - 2:07 PM

Matt Niskanen's lower-body injury might be to his left leg.

Niskanen left Wednesday's game due to the ailment and didn't practice on Thursday. The Capials don't believe the injury is serious, but he might still be held out of Friday's game.
Feb 24 - 7:19 AM

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