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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 notched a goal and an assist in Sunday afternoon's 4-3 loss to Vegas.
Nikanen assisted on a goal by Chandler Stephenson to give the Capitals a 1-0 lead and he gave the team a 2-1 with his fourth marker of the year in the second period. However, the Golden Knights kept battling back and eventually got the game winner late in the third. Nicklas Backstrom had the other goal for Washington in the loss. Feb 4 - 3:20 PM

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Matt Niskanen (upper body) will be back in the lineup on Sunday.

Niskanen missed one game with upper-body injury and he's ready to return for Washington's matinee match versus St. Louis.
Jan 7 - 1:12 PM

Matt Niskanen (upper body) is looking as if he will be able to return to the Washington lineup Sunday against St. Louis.

He was taking rushes alongside Dmitry Orlov without restrictions Saturday morning and should be good to go for Sunday afternoon's home clash with the Blues. If you need Niskanen, get ready to activate him.
Jan 6 - 12:00 PM

Matt Niskanen (upper body) partially participated in Thursday's practice.

Niskanen wasn't a part of the Capitals' top three pairings and didn't stay on for the full skate. It's a step in the right direction, but his availability for Sunday's game remains uncertain.
Jan 4 - 11:07 AM

Matt Niskanen is considered day-to-day with an upper-body injury.

Niskanen didn't practice Sunday for maintenance and he didn't skate again on Monday. That is when the Capitals revealed his injury. Niskanen may not be available to play Tuesday night against Carolina.
Jan 1 - 11:40 AM

Matt Niskanen registered two assists in the Capitals' 5-3 win against Boston on Thursday.

Niskanen has recorded at least a point in four of his last five games. He's up to two goals and 10 points in 20 contests this season.
Fri, Dec 15, 2017 08:17:00 AM

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.
Tue, Nov 14, 2017 02:24:00 PM

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.
Sun, Nov 12, 2017 02:33:00 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.
Fri, Nov 3, 2017 01:05:00 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.
Tue, Oct 31, 2017 05:45:00 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.
Sat, Oct 14, 2017 11:35:00 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.
Sat, Oct 14, 2017 10:21:00 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.
Fri, Oct 13, 2017 08:50:00 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.
Fri, Sep 29, 2017 10:59:00 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.
Tue, May 2, 2017 11:02:00 AM

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2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Lars Eller
4Jay Beagle
5Chandler Stephenson
LW1Alex Ovechkin
2Brett Connolly
3Jakub Vrana
RW1T.J. Oshie
2Andre Burakovsky
3Tom Wilson
4Alex Chiasson
5Anthony Peluso
6Devante Smith-Pelly
7Travis Boyd
D1John Carlson
2Matt Niskanen
3Dmitry Orlov
4Brooks Orpik
5Christian Djoos
6Michal Kempny
7Madison Bowey
8Jakub Jerabek
G1Braden Holtby
2Philipp Grubauer
3Pheonix Copley