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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 (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

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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

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

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