Player News - Capitals

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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.
Apr 18 - 10:27 AM

Philipp Grubauer made 18 saves on 21 shots in Friday's 4-3 win over the New York Islanders.

Grubauer was recalled from the minors earlier in the day because starter Braden Holtby is dealing with an illness. The young goaltender allowed a goal in the opening minutes of the game, and he allowed two more in the second period. Grubauer did shut the game the door in the third period, and his teammates responded by coming back to get the win. The series is now tied at one, and game three will be played in Long Island on Sunday afternoon.
Apr 17 - 10:18 PM

Nicklas Backstrom had one goal and two assists in Washington's 4-3 game two win over the New York Islanders.

The Capitals found themselves down 2-0 and 3-1 in the game, but they managed to claw their way back into the series with a big win on home ice. Backstrom picked up assists on second period goals by Karl Alzner and Alex Ovechkin. He scored the game-tying goal at the 3:44 mark of the third period before Jason Chimera completed the comeback later on in the final frame. The series now heads to Long Island tied 1-1. Game three will be played at 12:00 PM EST on Sunday afternoon.
Apr 17 - 9:52 PM

Andre Burakovsky and Michael Latta will be scratched for Game Two against the New York Islanders on Friday night.

While Latta contributed just a single hit to the score sheet during his 5:16 of ice time in Game One on Wednesday night, Burakovsky has yet to see NHL playoff ice. That may change depending upon how Game Two goes, but neither seem to be worthy additions to your daily lineup either way.
Source: Mike Vogel
Apr 17 - 6:45 PM

It's official, Philipp Grubauer will tag in for the sick Braden Holtby in Friday's Game Two against the New York Islanders.

Tough news for the Capitals who trail in the series 1-0. But it is what it is, and Grubauer has played well for AHL Hershey this season. He's posted a 27-17-5 record with a .921 save percentage and a 2.30 GAA in 49 games. This will be his first career NHL playoff game as well.
Apr 17 - 6:27 PM

Tom Wilson is projected to play alongside Curtis Glencross and Brooks Laich on Friday.

Wilson was struck in the helmet by the puck on April 5 and consequently missed Washington's last two regular season games and Game 1 of the first round. However, he's been cleared to return to the lineup. He had 17 points and 172 penalty minutes in 67 games in 2014-15.
Apr 17 - 6:26 PM

Braden Holtby is looking unlikely to start Game Two on Friday night against the New York Islanders due to sickness.

If Holtby can't go, it'll be Philipp Grubauer between the pipes instead. Grubauer has posted a 27-17-5 with a .921 save percentage and a 2.30 GAA in 49 games with AHL Hershey this season
Apr 17 - 6:20 PM

It's beginning to look more and more like Philipp Grubauer will get the start against the New York Islanders in Game Two on Friday night.

Braden Holtby is apparently sick, and may be too ill to play. Grubauer has seen 20 NHL games during his brief career, posting a 7-6-5 record with 42 goals against on just 553 combined shots. He has yet to go in the NHL playoffs. In 49 games with AHL Hershey this season, Grubauer has posted a 27-17-5 record with a .921 save percentage and a 2.30 GAA.
Apr 17 - 6:11 PM

Riley Barber has inked a three-year, entry-level contract with the Washington Capitals.

Barber had 20 goals and 40 points in 38 NCAA games with Miami University this season. He was taken with the 167th overall pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.
Apr 17 - 3:34 PM

Tom Wilson (head) has been cleared to return to the Capitals' lineup.

Wilson hasn't played since April 5 due to the injury. He had 17 points and 172 penalty minutes in 67 contests in the regular season. Washington is set to play in Game 2 against the New York Islanders on Friday.
Apr 17 - 11:50 AM

Braden Holtby has been dealing with an illness.

The Capitals have called up Philipp Grubauer as a result. Holtby hasn't been ruled out for Game 2 on Friday, but the Capitals wouldn't have called up Grubauer unless they felt that it made sense to have an insurance policy. AHL Hershey are battling for the Northeast Division title going into its final regular season games on Friday and Saturday, so summoning Grubauer isn't without its consequences. That being said, it sounds like Holtby's odds of playing are better than 50-50.
Apr 17 - 11:46 AM

Philipp Grubauer has been called up by the Washington Capitals.

Braden Holtby is apparently feeling under the weather, so Grubauer joined the Capitals as a precautionary measure. It's still possible that Holtby will play and if it becomes apparent that that's the case then Grubauer will likely be returned to the minors so that he can help AHL Hershey as it finishes off its regular season schedule this weekend.
Apr 17 - 11:42 AM

Brooks Laich recorded an assist in a 4-1 loss to the New York Islanders.

It was Game 1 of the first round series. Laich had just seven goals and 20 points in 66 contests in 2014-15. He was also credited with two hits in 13:58 minutes of ice time on Wednesday.
Apr 16 - 9:56 AM

After a first-rate regular season, Washington goalie Braden Holtby had a bit of a clunker in the Capitals' opening playoff game Wednesday night.

Holtby made 23 saves and allowed three goals in the Caps' 4-1 loss to the visiting New York Islanders. The Caps now trail the best-of-seven, first-round series 1-0, and Holtby will need to play better if his team is going to prevail. Holtby starred in the regular season, leading the NHL with 73 starts in net and posting a career-best record of 41-20-10 and an impressive goals-against average of 2.22. And, while he has an extremely good GAA of 2.04 in post-season play, he is only 10-12-1 in the playoffs.
Apr 15 - 10:49 PM

Forward Marcus Johansson scored the Capitals' only goal during a 4-1 loss to the visiting New York Islanders in the opener of the Eastern Conference First Round playoff series Wednesday night.

Johansson's goal tied the game at 1-1 at 19:03 of the first period but it was all Islanders in the second and third period. Brooks Laich assisted on Johansson's goal. Washington superstar Alex Ovechkin managed to get a game-high eight shots on net but both he and fellow luminary Nicklas Backstrom were on the ice when the Isles scored two of their goals. The Caps trail the series 1-0 now. Next game is in Washington Friday night.
Apr 15 - 10:35 PM


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