Player News - Capitals

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Braden Holtby yielded two goals on 26 shots in the Capitals’ 2-1 loss to the Sabres on Saturday night.

A tough loss for the Capitals, who controlled the majority of this game. Holtby gave up the game winner at 12:18 of the third period. Despite the loss, he has really found his stride lately, giving up two or fewer goals in six straight games. He has a 2.25 goals-against average and .915 save percentage.
Nov 22 - 11:37 PM

Matt Niskanen potted his first goal of the season in the Capitals’ 2-1 loss to the Sabres on Saturday night.

The Capitals’ big-money defenseman scored on the power play. It has not been the start anyone envisioned for the 27-year-old who is coming off his best offensive season. Niskanen has just six points this season and hadn’t found the scoresheet since Nov. 7. Nicklas Backstrom and Marcus Johansson picked up the helpers.
Nov 22 - 9:54 PM

Mike Green sustained an upper-body injury against the Sabres.

The Capitals defenseman will not return to the game. Green played 10:56 and had four shots on goal. He has 12 points on the season. Green has been a very productive defenseman in his career, but that comes with the fact he can't seem to stay healthy for a full season.
Nov 22 - 9:21 PM

The Washington Capitals have sent Chris Brown to the minors.

Brown had one goal this season in five games. Just an FYI.
Nov 22 - 11:37 AM

Braden Holtby will get the start in goal for Washington on Saturday.

Holtby was the first goalie off the ice on Saturday which is the usual indicator as to who will start. The netminder is 7-4-2 this season with a 2.26 GAA and .914 save percentage. He is a good goalie to start in daily pools like FanDuel as the Capitals take on the Buffalo Sabres Saturday.
Nov 22 - 11:22 AM

Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and an assist in Washington's 3-2 victory on Thursday.

Backstrom snapped his three-game point drought. He has five goals and 13 assists in 19 contests in 2014-15.
Nov 21 - 11:39 AM

Braden Holtby stopped 27 of 29 shots in Washington's 3-2 win over Colorado on Thursday.

Holtby has now won four of his last five starts. The Capitals never trailed in this game, but it was tied at two late in the third period. Holtby is now 7-4-2 with a 2.26 goals-against-average and a .914 save percentage. He should see the majority of the starts in goal for Washington, but he does struggle with consistency.
Nov 20 - 11:43 PM

Alex Ovechkin scored the game-winning goal and added an assist in Washington’s 3-2 win over Colorado.

Ovechkin broke a 2-2 tie with just under six minutes remaining in the third period. The points end a three-game pointless streak for the Russian sniper. He now has nine goals and 18 points in 19 games this season. Consistency is a problem at times for Ovechkin, but he should produce at a point-per-game pace the rest of the way.
Nov 20 - 11:32 PM

Michael Latta will be a healthy scratch against the Colorado Avalanche.

The 23-year-old has one assist in on 14 games this season.
Nov 20 - 8:07 PM

Chris Brown won't be in Washington's lineup on Thursday.

Brown will be a healthy scratch against Colorado. The 23-year-old has one goal in five games this season.
Nov 20 - 8:05 PM

Brooks Laich (shoulder) might play on Saturday, but that's far from certain.

Laich and the Capitals want to err on the side of caution after he tried to return on Nov. 7 and ended up back on the sidelines. He's been limited to just six games this season.
Nov 20 - 10:17 AM

John Carlson had an assist in a 2-1 overtime win on Tuesday.

Carlson has two goals and 12 points in 18 games in 2014-15. He'll have a tough time maintaining that point-per-game pace, but it wouldn't be shocking if he bests his career-high of 37 points.
Nov 19 - 9:42 AM

Braden Holtby made 23 saves in the Capitals’ 2-1 overtime win over Arizona on Tuesday night.

Holtby was beaten just once on a beautiful passing play by Sam Gagner and Oliver Ekman-Larsson in the Caps first trip to the desert this season. Making his 13th start of the season, Holtby was rewarded with just his sixth win of the year despite a very solid 2.28 goals against average and .913 save percentage. It was Holtby’s third win in four starts.
Nov 19 - 12:32 AM

Eric Fehr scored the winner in overtime as the Capitals beat the Coyotes 2-1 in Glendale Arizona on Tuesday night.

Fehr was in perfect position to tap a rebound by Mike Smith with less than two minutes to go in the overtime period. Jay Beagle scored the only other goal for the Caps midway through the first period in what was bit of a dog of a game. Jason Chimera, Brooks Orpik and John Carlson all drew assists in this contest.
Nov 19 - 12:29 AM

Michael Latta is not in the lineup for the Caps in Arizona on Tuesday night.

It's the fourth time he's sat in the first 18 games of the season, so there may not be much to read into here. Jack Hillen, who's played just once, also will join him in the seats.
Nov 18 - 8:59 PM

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