Player News - Capitals

Date: Team: Pos:

John Carlson (lower body) is doubtful for Thursday's game against St. Louis.

"He did some therapy stuff today and that," coach Barry Trotz said. "He got worked on yesterday and all the good stuff. I would say he’s doubtful just because he hasn't skated for a couple days. We'll make sure he's healthy before we put him back in." Carlson didn't play on Monday due to a lower-body injury, but he is close to being ready to play again. Still, Washington is considering bringing up a defenseman.
Jan 18 - 1:52 PM

Chandler Stephenson has been sent back to AHL Hershey.

He served as a healthy scratch on Sunday and Monday after he was brought up as a precaution on Saturday. Stephenson could be back with the team before Thursday's game against St. Louis.
Jan 17 - 12:45 PM

Nicklas Backstrom is on a seven-game point streak.

Backstrom extended it with a goal in Washington's 8-7 overtime loss to Pittsburgh on Monday. He has 13 goals and 43 points in 44 contests in 2016-17.
Jan 17 - 5:09 AM

Justin Williams has found the back of the net in three of his last four games.

Williams has 15 goals and 25 points in 44 contests this season. Those 15 markers are more impressive when you consider that he scored just twice in his first 24 games.
Jan 17 - 5:08 AM

Alex Ovechkin extended his point streak to five games on Monday.

Ovechkin recorded two assists in Washington's 8-7 overtime loss to Pittsburgh on Monday. He has 21 goals and 39 points in 44 contests in 2016-17.
Jan 17 - 5:06 AM

Washington goalie Braden Holtby, who had been stellar all season and spectacular in his past five games, had an unusually rough night in Pittsburgh Monday, allowing five goals on 26 shots before being pulled in the Capitals' 8-7 overtime loss to the Penguins.

Holtby had allowed only three combined goals and recorded three shutouts in his previous five games. After the Caps gave him a 3-0 lead in Pittsburgh, though, the Pens bounced back and took a 5-3 lead after two periods. Holtby is now 21-8-4 on the season with a goals-against average of 1.96 and a save percentage of .930. Phillip Grubauer replaced Holtby Monday and gave up three goals on 11 shots. He is 8-1-2 on the season with a 1.96 GAA and a .927 save percentage.
Jan 16 - 11:06 PM

T.J. Oshie scored a goal and added two assists in the Washington Capitals' 8-7 overtime loss to the Penguins in Pittsburgh Monday night.

The loss snapped the Capitals' win streak at nine games. They squandered a lead of 3-0 before the Pens got rolling. Also notching multi-point games for Washington in this one were Alex Ovechkin (two assists), Lars Eller (two goals), Andre Burakovsky (a goal and an assist) and Matt Niskanen (two assists). Scoring goals in addition to Oshie, Eller and Burakovsky were Nicklas Backstrom, Justin Williams and Brett Connolly.
Jan 16 - 10:55 PM

Chandler Stephenson will be a healthy scratch in Monday's game against the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Stephenson was recalled from the minors late last week, but he still hasn't played in a game this season. The 22-year-old played in just nine games in 2015-16. He has no fantasy value.
Jan 16 - 7:01 PM

John Carlson (lower body) isn't available on Monday.

Carlson left Sunday's contest due to the injury. He has five goals and 25 points in 43 contests in 2016-17.
Jan 16 - 12:11 PM

John Carlson (lower body) will travel with the Capitals on Monday as they will take on the Pittsburgh Penguins.

That is good news as Carlson was forced to leave the game after playing only 6:38 in Sunday's win over Philadelphia. Carlson could suit up but if he is unable to go then Taylor Chorney will draw in as the Capitals are not recalling anyone. Carlson has five goals and 25 points in 43 games with a plus-ten rating. He should be on someone's roster when healthy.
Jan 16 - 9:38 AM

Look for Philipp Grubauer to get the start in three of the Capitals next eight games.

As good as starter Braden Holtby has been this season, Grubauer is matching him every step of the way with an 8-1-1 mark to go with a 1.74 GAA and a .935 save percentage. Coach Barry Trotz suggested that Grubauer will play once during the upcoming Dad's trip and with the Capitals having a pair of back-to-back games upcoming, he will get a start in each of those games. He is worth putting on your roster as he has been great this season.
Jan 16 - 9:35 AM

Alex Ovechkin is riding a four-game point streak.

Ovechkin picked up his 16th helper and 37th point in 43 games with an assist on Sunday in a 5-0 win over Philadelphia. It was a sweet dish too as he pulled Steve Mason across the crease before hitting the streaking Matt Niskanen in the slot for the tap-in. Ovie now has three goals and seven points during his scoring spree.
Jan 15 - 4:07 PM

Justin Williams' hot streak continued on Sunday afternoon versus Philadelphia.

The veteran winger netted a pair of goals in Sunday's 5-0 win over the Flyers. Williams has generated six goals and five helpers over his last eight outings. For the season he now has 14 goals and 24 points in 43 games.
Jan 15 - 4:05 PM

Nicklas Backstrom's point streak has now reached six games, thanks to his pair of helpers during Sunday's 5-0 win over the Flyers.

The Capitals pivot has 30 assists and 42 points in 43 games so far this season, picking up three goals and 12 points during his point streak. Which includes four straight multi-point efforts.
Jan 15 - 4:04 PM

Tom Wilson has registered four points over his last two games thanks to the helper he picked up in Sunday's 5-0 win over the Flyers.

He compiled a goal and two assists on Friday for a productive weekend. Wilson has chipped in just eight points in 43 games so far this season.
Jan 15 - 3:59 PM

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