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Lars Eller | Center | #20

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 5/8/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 207
Drafted: 2007 / Rd. 1 (13) / STL
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Lars Eller picked up an assist in Saturday's 3-2 Game 5 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.
Maybe more importantly, Eller did not take any penalties after taking a combined five over the previous two games. His assist came on Alex Ovechkin's late goal, giving him 13 points through 17 post-season games so far. The series will now shift back to Washington on Monday with the Capitals running the risk of being eliminated from the post-season. Evgeny Kuznetsov also scored in the loss. May 19 - 10:17 PM

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Lars Eller needs to stay out of the penalty box Saturday night if the Capitals want any chance at winning another game away from home in this series.

Eller has taken five penalties over the last two games, and with the Lightning scoring on six of 14 power play opportunities so far in the series, they have proven to be costly. "It’s an easy fix," Eller said. "Things happen. Just got to be a little more cautious in certain situations. There’s maybe one I had to take, especially the last one. Guy is coming in, skating into the slot with the puck, so got to try to do something." The Lightning scored a minute into Eller's first penalty on Thursday night and then scored the game-winner just seconds after Eller left the penalty box on his second penalty. The 29-year-old will be demoted to the third line for Game 5, skating alongside Jakub Vrana and Brett Connolly. Eller has five goals and 12 points in 17 playoff games so far.
May 19 - 3:22 PM

Lars Eller is projected to return to the third line in Game 5 against Tampa Bay.

Eller was between Jakub Vrana and Brett Connolly at the morning skate. It looks like Nicklas Backstrom will be back on the second line Saturday night alongside Chandler Stephenson and T.J. Oshie.
May 19 - 12:55 PM

Lars Eller took two penalties in Thursday's 4-2 Game 4 loss to the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Eller's first penalty of the night came on a hold of Nikita Kucherov in the first period. Steven Stamkos took advantage of the extra man to give Tampa their first lead of the night. Eller then took a hooking call in the third period that led to Alex Killorn's go ahead goal moments after Eller came out of the box. Many credit Eller for turning Washington's postseason around with his OT goal in Game 3 of their first-round matchup against the Columbus Blue Jackets. Unfortunately, his errors tonight put his team in a difficult position and helped the Lightning to tie the series at 2-2 heading back to Tampa for Game 5 on Saturday.
May 17 - 10:53 PM

Lars Eller scored one goal and posted two assists to help lead Washington to a 6-2 win over Tampa Bay in Game 2 Sunday.

Eller has has stepped up with Nicklas Backstrom out of the lineup due to a hand injury. He has two goals and two assists in the last two games to give him five markers and 11 points through 14 matches in the playoffs.
May 13 - 10:58 PM

Lars Eller will probably be on the second line again in Game 2 against Tampa Bay.

Eller was on the second line during the morning skate even though Nicklas Backstrom took part in the session. Backstrom appears to be doubtful to return despite being listed as a game-time decision by coach Barry Trotz. Eller has played following his promotion. He scored a power-play goal in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final and logged 20:35 of ice time.
May 13 - 2:14 PM

Lars Eller found the back of the net in Friday's 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Eller was promoted to the second line for the second game in a row because Nicklas Backstrom (hand) was unavailable for the game. The 29-year-old looked comfortable on a line with T.J. Oshie and Jakub Vrana. Eller's power-play tally in the second period extended Washington's lead to 4-0 at the time and they never looked back. He finished the night with a three shots on goal and one hit in 20:35 of ice time. Eller is up to four goals and four assists in 13 games this postseason. He'll continue to see a spike in ice time if Backstrom continues to miss games. The Caps lead this best-of-seven series 1-0.
May 11 - 11:36 PM

Lars Eller may end up centering the second line Monday night.

Nicklas Backstrom (upper body) is listed as a game-time decision and Eller was on the second unit between T.J. Oshie and Jakub Vrana at the morning skate. "Other guys step up and fill in some roles, play more minutes," Eller said. "And regardless if Nick is playing or not, we're confident we can get a win here today." He has contributed three goals and seven points in 11 postseason contests this year.
May 7 - 1:33 PM

Lars Eller scored into an empty net and had an assist Saturday in the Capitals 6-3 win in Game 5.

Eller has three goals and seven points and kudos to you if you took him late in your playoff pool. Eller had 18 goals and 38 points during the regular season, his career best to date in the NHL.
May 6 - 8:27 AM

Lars Eller contributed three assists in Washington's 4-1 win against Pittsburgh in Game 2 on Sunday afternoon.

Eller had helpers on goals by Jakub Vrana (power play), Brett Connolly and Nicklas Backstrom (empty net) in the contest. His efforts allowed the Capitals to tie their second-round series with the Penguins at 1-1.
Apr 29 - 6:22 PM

Lars Eller scored the game-winning goal in Tuesday's 3-2 double-overtime win over the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Eller was the beneficiary of an extremely fortunate bounce, as Zach Werenski's clearing attempt went off Eller, bounced back off himself and bounced off Eller again before going into the back of the net. It took the Caps forward a few seconds to realize that the puck went in. He finished the night with a plus-1 rating, four shots on goal and two hits in 22:37 of ice time. The 28-year-old now has one point in three games during the postseason. Tom Wilson and John Carlson also found the back of the net for the Capitals. Washington has cut their series-deficit to 2-1. Game 4 will be played in Columbus on Thursday night.
Apr 17 - 11:36 PM

Lars Eller scored in Thursday's 3-2 loss to the Florida Panthers.

Eller's goal tied the game at one with 1:05 remaining in the first period. Andrea Burakovsky then gave the Caps a 2-1 advantage heading into the third period. Washington held onto that one-goal late in the third frame, but that's when they allowed the Panthers to score twice in under three minutes. Eller has now scored in back-to-back games. He has 13 goals and 31 points in 60 games this season.
Feb 23 - 12:16 AM

The Washington Capitals have signed Lars Eller to a five-year, $17.5 million extension.

The Capitals acquired Eller from the Montreal Canadiens in the summer of 2016. The 28-year-old will keep the same cap hit he had been making on his previous contract ($3.5 million). He has 11 goals and 28 points in 53 games this season. He doesn't have any fantasy value in standard leagues, but he's been a useful two-way player for Washington. Eller was scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season.
Feb 10 - 10:56 AM

Lars Eller registered two assists in Washington's 5-3 win over Philadelphia Wednesday night.

Eller has only been held off the scoresheet once in his last four games. He's up to 10 goals and 25 points in 49 games this season. At this rate, he should easily surpass his previous career-high of 30 points.
Feb 1 - 6:31 AM

Lars Eller found the back of the net in Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Carolina Hurricanes.

Eller's goal at the 16:05 mark of the second period tied the game at one, but that's the only offense the Caps could muster in this one. He's now found the back of the net in three consecutive games. Eller is up to eight goals and 20 points in 43 games this season. Despite his recent run of success, Eller isn't worth owning in most fantasy leagues. The loss puts an end to Washington's five-game winning streak and their 10-game home winning streak.
Jan 11 - 10:32 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Lars Eller
4Jay Beagle
5Chandler Stephenson
LW1Alex Ovechkin
2Brett Connolly
3Jakub Vrana
4Nathan Walker
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