Player News - Capitals

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Nicklas Backstrom has been credited with his 22nd goal of the season.

The marker was initially given to Kevin Shattenkirk on Tuesday night, but changed to Backstrom after the NHL reviewed it. The Capitals center notched one goal and two assists in the contest, while Shattenkirk recorded a pair of helpers. T.J. Oshie got the other assist on the play and Alex Ovechkin lost an assist because of the goal change.

Marcus Johansson (illness) was fine to play on Tuesday.

Johansson didn't complete Saturday's game because he was under the weather. He had a shot on goal in 17:58 minutes of ice time Tuesday.
Mar 22 - 1:40 AM

Braden Holtby stopped 29 of 31 shots in a 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night.

Holtby will surely be on highlight reels around the country after somehow getting across to rob Michael Frolik of a short-handed goal midway through the second period. Holtby has put together another Vezina worthy season and the win improves his record to 37-11-6 on the year.
Mar 21 - 9:48 PM

Alexander Ovechkin picked up a goal and one assist in a 4-2 win over the Calgary Flames on Tuesday night.

Ovechkin fired an absolute rocket of a wrister passed Elliott on the power play for his 29th goal of the season. He also picked up an assist on T.J. Oshie's 30th goal of the season. Ovechkin is up to 61 points in 72 games this season, his lowest points-per-game total since the 2011-12 season (0.83).
Mar 21 - 9:39 PM

Nate Schmidt will be a healthy scratch in Tuesday's game against the Calgary Flames.

This will be his third consecutive game in the press box. The Caps defenseman has had a good season, but he's a victim of his team's depth. Schmidt has two goals and 13 assists in 56 games this season.
Mar 21 - 7:10 PM

Braden Holtby will take on the Flames on Tuesday.

In 17 games against Western foes this season, Holtby hasn't fared quite as well. He's posted an 11-5-1 record with a .908 save percentage and a 2.49 GAA along with two shutouts.
Mar 21 - 5:18 PM

Jonas Siegenthaler has been assigned to Hershey of the AHL.

The 19-year-old defenseman had seven points in 28 games with the ZSC Lions of Switzerland's National League A in 2016-17. Siegenthaler was taken in the second round (57th overall) of the 2015 NHL Draft by the Capitals.
Mar 20 - 5:54 PM

Brooks Orpik is probable for Tuesday's match versus Calgary.

He received some maintenance Monday and didn't skate on Monday after he was banged up on Saturday against Tampa Bay.
Mar 20 - 4:11 PM

Marcus Johansson left Saturday's game early as he was suffering from an illness.

No word as of yet as to whether or not Johansson will be well enough to play against Calgary on Tuesday. Johansson has 22 goals and 46 points this season with a plus-18 rating so he could be a factor in deeper leagues.
Mar 20 - 7:59 AM

Nicklas Backstrom had four assists Saturday in a 5-3 win over Tampa Bay.

Backstrom had 54 assists on the season as well as 21 goals and has moved into fifth place in NHL scoring as well as second to only Connor McDavid in assists this season. Backstrom had helpers on all three of T.J. Oshie's goals as well as one from John Carlson. He is having a fabulous season and is a must start.
Mar 19 - 6:42 AM

Andre Burakovsky was a huge factor in the Capitals 5-3 win over Tampa Bay Saturday.

The winger played for the first time in over a month as he returned from a broken hand. Burakovsky had an assist and a whopping seven shots on goal and was flying all over the ice. "It’s been a long time since my legs has been this good," Burakovsky said. "I think I was flying. I was creating chances. Everything felt good." Burakovsky has 11 goals and 30 points in 53 games this season. Put him back in your lineup if you normally would.
Mar 19 - 6:37 AM

Braden Holtby blocked 26 of 29 shots in a 5-3 win against Tampa Bay Saturday night to secure the Capitals playoff spot.

Holtby won his second game in his last six starts, after falling into one of his worst stretches of the season. Holtby lost three in a row before finally registering a win against Minnesota on Tuesday. Saturday’s win was even more notable, however; it allowed his team to be the first to secure a spot in the playoffs. Holtby allowed two goals in the first period and one in the third for a save percentage of .897, which was lower than his season average of .926 at the start of the game.
Mar 19 - 12:08 AM

T.J. Oshie passed teammate Alex Ovechkin for the team goal lead when he scored three times against Tampa Bay in a 5-3 win Saturday night.

Oshie scored back-to-back quickly in the first period to pass Ovechkin for goals scored this season. He then added an assist in the third period on John Carlson’s goal. The center ended the night by getting the hat trick in the third after Tampa Bay went empty net. Oshie finished the game with 29 goals for the season and 49 points. At the start of the game, Oshie’s 26 goals tied him with his best complete season in regard to goals scored. That came in 2015-16. He still has plenty of time remaining this season to pad his advantage.
Mar 18 - 11:04 PM

Braden Holtby will seek to build on his recent quality play as he takes on the Lightning on Saturday night.

Holtby has allowed two goals in each of previous two starts with 52 combined saves. He picked up three points in the standings during that time, suggesting that he's turning the corner after a pair of rough outings previously.
Mar 18 - 6:42 PM

Nate Schmidt is slated to be a healthy scratch against Tampa Bay on Saturday.

The 25-year-old defender has posted two goals and 15 points along with 32 blocks and 46 hits in 56 games, while averaging 15:26 of ice time per match.
Source: Corey Long
Mar 18 - 3:45 PM

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