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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 (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. Dec 8 - 1:37 PM

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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.
Dec 7 - 10:05 PM

Matt Niskanen (lower body) will play on Thursday.

Niskanen left Saturday's game due to the ailment, but he didn't end up missing any additional playing time. It probably helped that the Capitals had a gap in their schedule, providing him with nearly a week to recover.
Dec 1 - 11:24 AM

Matt Niskanen (lower body) is expected to play Thursday, barring any setbacks.

He took part in a full practice on Wednesday and skated on the top power-play unit, which are good indications that he is ready to return.
Nov 30 - 1:44 PM

The Capitals are hoping that Matt Niskanen (lower body) will participate in Wednesday's practice.

Niskanen was hurt on Saturday and didn't skate with the team on Monday. Still, if he does practice on Wednesday then he might be able to play on Thursday.
Nov 28 - 1:48 PM

Matt Niskanen (lower body) didn't skate with the Capitals on Monday.

Niskanen left Saturday's game due to the injury. Washington is listing him as day-to-day.
Nov 28 - 12:41 PM

Matt Niskanen left Saturday's game versus Toronto with a lower body injury.

He skated just over 13 minutes before departing with the ailment. We'll keep you posted on his status as it develops. He is considered day-to-day for now.
Nov 26 - 9:52 PM

Matt Niskanen recorded an assist in Washington's 7-1 win Wednesday night.

Niskanen has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last four games. He has no goals, but eight assists in 16 games this season.
Nov 17 - 11:38 AM

Matt Niskanen has five assists in nine games this season.

Niskanen is looking to take on more of an offensive role after recording 31 and 32 points in each of his first two seasons with Washington. It's still early, but obviously five points in nine contests is a solid start. He has 40-point potential, though we wouldn't consider him a safe bet to reach that milestone.
Nov 3 - 9:56 AM

Matt Niskanen is looking for more offense this season.

He actually wanted more last season as well but with injuries to Brooks Orpik and John Carlson, Niskanen was thrust into the role of the Capitals shut down blueliner. He still managed one extra point over the previous season but Niskanen thinks that he can do more offensively. "Instead of focusing on some of the offensive parts of the game, he learned to defend better than he ever has and was then a huge part of us having the season that we did," associate coach Todd Reirdon said. "Truly, that’s the reason he was able to make it onto that U.S. team, because of how he defended and not because of his offensive game. Now, that’s the next challenge. Matt and I have been through a number of plans over the years and different roles that he’s had, and that’s something that we definitely discussed was having him add a little bit more offense. ... But now I’m able to hold him to a whole ‘nother level defensively that he showed me this year."
Sep 26 - 10:12 AM

Matt Niskanen and T.J. Oshie will be back at practice Sunday.

Both played for the American squad at the World Cup and with the United States being eliminated, they have returned a day early to the Capitals camp. John Carlson will take the extra day and return on Monday. Niskanen had 32 points last season but may not be as good in 2016-17 as he saw extra power play time when Carlson was forced to sit due to injury.
Sep 25 - 11:11 AM

Matt Niskanen has proven to be a solid addition to the Washington Capitals and GM Brian MacLellan liked the way he played this past season.

"We signed him as a free agent two years ago, and I just thought his game got taken to another level this year," said MacLellan. "… I'm really happy about the way that's turned out." When Brooks Orpik and John Carlson were injured, Niskanen and Karl Alzner became the Capitals' top defensive pairing. He also finished the season with five goals and 32 points in 82 contests.
May 27 - 11:09 AM

Matt Niskanen described being eliminated in the second round as "the most hurt I've been in my career."

Niskanen felt that Washington had a tremendous opportunity this year and they really did look like a team set up to win the Stanley Cup, but that wasn't to be. The silver lining is that the Capitals appear set up to take another serious run at a championship next season, so all hope isn't lost.
May 12 - 2:07 PM

Matt Niskanen had an assist in the Capitals' 3-2 loss to the Penguins Monday night.

Niskanen has three points in nine playoff games. During the regular season he recorded five goals and 32 points in 82 contests.
May 3 - 9:49 AM

Matt Niskanen scored the game-winning goal in overtime for the Capitals, who downed the Bruins 2-1 on Saturday night.

That’s two goals in his past three games, both of which were game winners. While Braden Holtby continues to garner a lot of attention and Alex Ovechkin does his thing, Niskanen might be the most underrated player on this team. He is Mr. Consistent and keeps this defense together despite it being banged up at times. Niskanen not a high-end fantasy guy, though, as he has five goals and 28 points. Karl Alzer scored the other goal.
Mar 5 - 10:33 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Lars Eller
4Jay Beagle
LW1Alex Ovechkin
2Marcus Johansson
3Andre Burakovsky
4Daniel Winnik
RW1T.J. Oshie
2Justin Williams
3Tom Wilson
4Brett Connolly
5Jakub Vrana
D1John Carlson
2Matt Niskanen
3Karl Alzner
4Brooks Orpik
5Dmitry Orlov
6Nate Schmidt
7Taylor Chorney
8Aaron Ness
G1Braden Holtby
2Philipp Grubauer