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Matt Niskanen | Defenseman | #2

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 12/6/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 200
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 1 (28) / DAL
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Matt Niskanen picked up his third goal of season during Sunday's 3-2 win over the Flyers.
Aside from his 10-goal season in 2013-14, Niskanen is on pace to match his average goals per season. He's now up to 23 points in 51 games this season. Not quite what Washington is paying for, but nearly half a point a game from the blue line isn't bad either. Feb 7 - 6:00 PM

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Matt Niskanen registered two assists in a 6-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday night.

It was Niskanen's 20th and 21st points in 46 games this season. There's still an outside chance that he'll reach the 40-point mark for the second time in three seasons.
Jan 20 - 11:39 AM

Matt Niskanen registered an assist in a 4-2 loss to Carolina Thursday night.

Niskanen has two goals and 15 points in 37 contests in 2015-16. That puts him on a pace to record 32 points this season, which would be roughly on par with what he accomplished in 2014-15.
Jan 1 - 11:38 AM

Defenseman Matt Niskanen assisted on both Washington goals in the Capitals' 2-1 overtime triumph over the Red Wings in Detroit Wednesday night.

Niskanen's seventh assist of the season set up Evgeny Kuznetsov for the winning goal 45 seconds into OT. Kuznetsov's goal was his sixth of the season. In the first period, Niskanen assisted on a power-play goal by Justin Williams (fourth), which gave the Caps a 1-1 tie.
Wed, Nov 18, 2015 11:05:00 PM

Matt Niskanen has two goals and three assists in 11 games this season.

Niskanen doesn't have a point in his last four contests though. Even factoring in that cold streak, it's still been a solid start to the season for him. He's capable of flirting with the 40-point mark in 2015-16.
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 11:17:00 AM

Matt Niskanen was not at practice Saturday as he and his wife welcomed a baby boy.

Congratulations to the Niskanen family on the great news. Look for a big season from Niskanen as he had 31 points last season but will take over some power play time with Mike Green leaving the Caps for the Red Wings.
Sun, Oct 4, 2015 09:29:00 AM

Look for Matt Niskanen to have a better offensive season in 2015-16.

Niskanen had only 31 points after a 46 point effort in 2013-14 with the Penguins. He should get more opportunities this season as Mike Green is no longer with Washington. John Carlson and Niskanen should lead the Capitals from the blueline. Expect a 40-45 point season if Niskanen can remain healthy which should make him a late round pick in most drafts.
Sat, Sep 26, 2015 09:41:00 AM

Matt Niskanen had two assists on Friday.

Niskanen did not have a good offensive season in his first year with Washington as he ended the season with four goals and 31 points after a 10 goal and 46 point effort with Pittsburgh in 2013-14. But the defenseman was certainly stellar offensively Friday to lead the Capital rearguards in points.
Sat, Apr 18, 2015 10:27:00 AM

Matt Niskanen scored the overtime winner and added an assist as the Caps toppled the Devils 3-2 on Thursday night.

Niskanen beat Cory Schneider early in the extra frame to save the Caps, who blew a lead in the final minute of regulation. Niskanen's pair of points gave him five points in his last four games. On the year, the 28-year-old has 26 points in 74 games.
Thu, Mar 26, 2015 11:47:00 PM

Matt Niskanen had two assists in a 4-3 shootout victory over Buffalo.

It was Niskanen's first multi-point game since Jan. 27. He's gone from recording 46 points with Pittsburgh last season to 23 points in 71 contests in 2014-15.
Tue, Mar 17, 2015 11:42:00 AM

Matt Niskanen recorded an assist in a 2-1 loss to Minnesota.

Niskanen snapped a five-game point drought. He has three goals and 21 points in 66 games in 2014-15, which is a far cry from his 2013-14 46-point campaign with Pittsburgh.
Fri, Mar 6, 2015 11:37:00 AM

Matt Niskanen had two assists in a 4-3 loss to the Columbus Blue Jackets Tuesday night.

Niskanen has two goals and 17 points in 47 contests this season. That's a huge step down from his 46-point showing in 2013-14 and while it's obviously too late to replicate that success, we wouldn't dismiss the possibility of him finishing the 2014-15 campaign on a high note.
Wed, Jan 28, 2015 11:40:00 AM

Matt Niskanen got an assist in a 1-0 win over Philadelphia.

After recording 46 points last season, Niskanen has just two goals and 14 points in 43 games in 2014-15. The fact that he's declined this season isn't surprising, but the degree to which he's fallen is. We wouldn't be surprised if he does at least a bit better in the second half of the season.
Thu, Jan 15, 2015 11:46:00 AM

Matt Niskanen (lower body injury) is expected to play Wednesday night against the Maple Leafs.

Apparently the injury was minor. However, with only 12 points and little else so far this season, his level of disappointment remains major to poolies everywhere.
Wed, Jan 7, 2015 07:00:00 PM

Matt Niskanen scored a goal in a 5-3 victory on Tuesday.

Niskanen has two goals and 11 points in 27 contests in 2014-15. That's a big step back from his 46-point campaign with Pittsburgh last season. Niskanen might heat up as the season progresses, but we wouldn't count on that happening.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 09:43:00 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Andre Burakovsky
4Jay Beagle
5Mike Richards
6Michael Latta
LW1Alex Ovechkin
2Marcus Johansson
3Jason Chimera
4Brooks Laich
RW1T.J. Oshie
2Justin Williams
3Tom Wilson
4Stanislav Galiev
D1John Carlson
2Matt Niskanen
3Karl Alzner
4Brooks Orpik
5Dmitry Orlov
6Nate Schmidt
7Taylor Chorney
G1Braden Holtby
2Philipp Grubauer