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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
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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

Matt Niskanen is day-to-day with a lower-body injury, per Capitals GM Brian MacLellan.

Niskanen's injury isn't believed to be serious, so he shouldn't be out for too long. He sustained the ailment on Wednesday.
Feb 23 - 12:55 PM

Capitals coach Barry Trotz doesn't think Matt Niskanen's lower-body injury is serious.

That said, the Capitals will have more information about it on Thursday. Niskanen was hurt during Wednesday's contest and had to leave the game as a result.
Feb 23 - 8:05 AM

Matt Niskanen exited Wednesday's game against Philadelphia because of a lower-body injury.

Niskanen appeared to hurt his leg/knee after Flyers defenseman Radko Gudas collided with him. Niskanen played just over 10 minutes before leaving the game. He was never able to come back. We'll consider him day-to-day for now. You can watch the play by clicking the link below.
Feb 22 - 11:22 PM

Matt Niskanen added a helper to his ledger in Saturday's 3-2 win over Montreal.

Mark it three assists over his last three games as well. Niskanen now has 25 assists and 29 points in 51 games this season.
Feb 4 - 5:37 PM

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

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

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4Jay Beagle
5Chandler Stephenson
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4Jakub Vrana
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2Andre Burakovsky
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4Brooks Orpik
5Taylor Chorney
6Christian Djoos
7Madison Bowey
8Lucas Johansen
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