Description: Capitals star Alex Ovechkin will be a game-time decision Thursday.
Insight: Ovechkin is proving to be the most valuable fantasy hockey player during the 2014-15 season. He leads the league in goals (43), is tied for the lead in points and has improved his defense under new head coach Barry Trotz, which has resulted in a plus-12 rating.
Description: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom and winger Alex Ovechkin continue to be a deadly combination as Backstrom assisted both of Ovechkin's goals on Tuesday.
Insight: Backstrom and Ovechkin are currently tied for the league lead with 67 points, but that seems to be changing by the hour. Still, it is very impressive that 65 games into the season two teammates have combined to score over 130 points. One of Backstrom's assists on Tuesday came on the power play.
Description: Capitals star Alex Ovechkin continued his magical season as he scored a pair of goals in the, 5-3, victory over the Blue Jackets on Tuesday.
Insight: Ovechkin is proving to be the most valuable fantasy hockey player during the 2014-15 season. He leads the league in goals (43), and has improved his defense under new head coach Barry Trotz, which has resulted in a plus-12 rating. Ovechkin has continued to produce in penalty minutes (44), and is deadly on the power play. He added another goal on the man advantage Tuesday and leads the league with 19 power-play goals. At the moment, Ovechkin is also tied for the league lead in points (67), with his teammate Nicklas Backstrom.
Description: Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin recorded three points during Sunday's victory over the Maple Leafs.
Insight: He had two goals and an assist, along with six shots and a plus-two rating. Ovechkin is the running for fantasy MVP, with 41 goals, 65 points, 44 penalty minutes, and a plus-11 rating through 64 games.
Description: Capitals netminder Braden Holtby had a rough night Wednesday against the Penguins.
Insight: Holtby allowed four goals on 26 shots, and dropped his record to 29-14-9. He is still a top notch option in net though. Alexander Ovechkin, John Carlson, and Troy Brouwer all lit the lamp for Washington.
Description: Capitals right wing Joel Ward scored a goal during Sunday's loss against the Flyers.
Insight: It is nice to see that Ward has double-digits in goals (14), but with just 25 points through 61 games, he is not a relevant option. Tom Wilson also lit the lamp for Washington on the afternoon.
Description: Capitals winger Eric Fehr notched his 17th goal of the season during Saturday's shootout victory over the Islanders.
Insight: He has been up and down this season, but has decent overall numbers, with 17 goals, 25 points, and a plus-nine rating. Matt Niskanen also lit the lamp in regulation for Washington, with Evgeny Kuznetsov recording the winner in the shootout.
Description: Capitals netminder Braden Holtby continued his magical season with just one goal allowed in the, 5-1, victory over the Jets on Thursday.
Insight: Holtby faced just 20 shots, turning aside 19 of them. He continues to excell in every single fantasy category with a 28-12-9 record, .925 save percentage and a 2.15 GAA with six shutouts this season.
Description: Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist on Thursday versus the Jets.
Insight: Ovechkin led the Capitals with six shots on net in the, 5-1, victory. Rick Nash did score for the Rangers on Thursday, but Ovechkin's goal keeps him two ahead of Nash for the league lead. Ovechkin has 38 goals and 23 assists this season.
Description: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom scored a pair of goals and had an assist in Thursday's, 5-1, victory over the Jets.
Insight: Backstrom scored twice on the power play, both goals coming in the second period. He also picked up an assist on the man advantage with John Carlson's goal. For good measure, Washington added another special teams goal on the penalty kill. Backstrom has 18 goals and 45 assists in 59 games this season.
Description: Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin scored another goal on Tuesday to increase his NHL lead in the category.
Insight: A bouncing puck found Ovechkin in the middle of the ice, which led to a breakaway opportunity on the power play for Ovechkin. He didn't miss, beating Marc-Andre Fleury to his stick side. He then had an assist on the game-winning power-play goal. Ovechkin has 37 goals and 22 assists this season.
Description: Capitals netminder Braden Holtby allowed just one goal on 33 shots versus the Penguins on Tuesday.
Insight: Holtby picked up his third victory of the season versus the Penguins. He has allowed just one goal in nine periods against Pittsburgh. Holtby has been one of the most valuable fantasy goalies this season based on his ADP. He is 27-12-9 this season.
Description: Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin scored versus the Kings on Saturday to pull within one goal of Rick Nash for the league lead in goals.
Insight: Nash scored earlier on Saturday to increase his lead to two, but Ovechkin answered with his own score. He led Washington with five shots on net. Ovechkin has 34 goals and 19 assists in 56 games this season.
Description: Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin tied Rick Nash once again on Sunday for the league lead in goals scored.
Insight: Ovechkin had the only Washington score versus Philadelphia as the Capitals lost, 3-1. Ovechkin has 33 goals and 18 assists in 54 games this season. His plus-12 rating is really making owners smile because he was minus-35 last season.
Description: Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin had a pair of goals versus the Blues on Super Bowl Sunday.
Insight: Ovechkin amassed an incredible 10 shots on goal. He scored on the power-play in the first period and then on even strength in the second. Ovechkin added an assist on Karl Alzner's goal in the third period. Ovechkin has 31 goals and 17 assists in 50 games this season.
Description: Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin had a pair of goals versus Sidney Crosby and the Penguins on Wednesday.
Insight: Ovechkin has gotten the better of Sid the Kid twice this season as the Penguins have failed to score in two games versus Washington. Ovechkin was plus-one with five shots on net. He has 29 goals and 16 assists in 48 games this season.
Description: Capitals netminder Braden Holtby shut out the Penguins again on Wednesday.
Insight: Holtby and the Capitals have faced the Penguins twice this season and have shut them out both times, outscoring them 7-0. Holtby made 27 saves in the shutout and picked up his 23rd victory of the season.
Description: Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin scored twice on Friday in the loss to the Predators.
Insight: Ovechkin led the team with nine shots on goal. He scored both the goals in the second period with the second goal coming on the power play. Ovechkin has 24 goals and 15 assists in 44 games this season.
Description: Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin recorded two points during Thursday's victory against the Blackhawks.
Insight: He had a goal and an assist, along with four shots and a plus-one rating. Ovechkin set up the game-winner by carrying the puck into Chicago's zone, before his stick was slashed. As he argued for a call, Troy Brouwer picked up the loose disc and deposited it for a 3-2 win. Ovechkin now has 18 goals and 32 points through 37 games.
Description: Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin sent Monday's game into overtime with a late third period goal against the Islanders.
Insight: Ovechkin assisted Nicklas Backstrom's goal earlier in the third period and then at the 17:19 mark, Ovechkin scored his 17th of the season to tie the game at three. At one point, Washington trailed, 3-0, in the third. New York, however, came back to win in overtime. Ovechkin has 17 goals and 13 assists with a plus-seven rating in 36 games this season.
Description: Capitals right wing Eric Fehr scored a pair of goals against the Penguins on Saturday.
Insight: It was reminiscent of the Winter Classic four years ago as Fehr played hero versus the Penguins again. Fehr scored the first goal of the game in the first period and basically sealed the victory with a third period score. On the last score, Fehr cleaned up a rebound in front of Marc Andre Fleury and was able to push the puck enough to get it across the red line. Fehr has nine goals and five assists this season.
Description: Capitals netminder Braden Holtby captured his first career victory over the Penguins on Saturday.
Insight: Holtby came into Saturday's game winless in eight tries against Pittsburgh, but not only did he beat them on Saturday, Holtby shut them out as Washington won, 3-0. It was also the Capitals first victory over the Penguins in eight games. Holtby made 31 saves and is now 16-8-5 with three shutouts this season.
Description: Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin scored on Tuesday.
Insight: He led the team with six shots on goal, but still finished minus-one. As for his plus/minus for the season, though, Ovechkin is much improved from last season. He is plus-five with 16 goals and 12 assists.
Description: Capitals right wing Eric Fehr scored the overtime game-winner on Thursday against the Blue Jackets.
Insight: The Capitals rallied twice to beat Columbus. Washington trailed 3-2 and then 4-3, but scored the final two goals to win, 5-4. Fehr also had an assist and now has seven goals and five assists in 28 games this season.
Description: Capitals netminder Braden Holtby had a good game against the Lightning on Saturday.
Insight: Holtby shut out the Lightning through 55 minutes of the game. He allowed two late goals to make things interesting, but Washington added an empty-net goal as they won, 4-2. Holtby is 12-7-4 this season.
Description: Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin scored a pair of goals in the, 5-3, victory over the Lightning on Tuesday.
Insight: Ovechkin scored the first goal of the game and finished off the victory with an empty-netter. He was tied with John Carlson for the team-lead with seven shots on net. Ovechkin has 14 goals and nine assists in 27 games this season.
Description: Capitals defenseman Mike Green is expected to return to the lineup on Tuesday according to the Washington Post.
Insight: Green suffered an upper body injury against the Sabres on Nov. 22, and the Capitals placed him on injured reserve. Green might not resume his duties on the team's top power-play line right away because John Carlson has played very well on that unit.
Description: Capitals netminder Braden Holtby had a horrible night playing his second game of a back-to-back on Saturday.
Insight: Holtby was supposed to have the night off, but backup goalie Jason Peters, who started, allowed two goals in the first period. Holtby took over and yielded three goals in the second period on just 12 shots. Peters played the third period.
Description: Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen scored a power play goal on Friday versus the Islanders.
Insight: It was just Niskanen's second goal of the season. Through 22 games, he has two goals, seven assists, and a minus-three rating, which is a huge disappointment. Last season with the Penguins, Niskanen had 10 goals, 36 assists and finished with a plus-33 rating.
Description: Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin scored twice on Tuesday against the Blue Jackets.
Insight: Ovechkin scored on the power play to put Washington up, 2-0, and then answered a Blue Jacket score with an even-strength goal late in the first period. Ovechkin had eight shots on goal and has 16 points this season.
Description: Capitals rookie left wing Andre Burakovsky scored a goal and an assist on Friday against the Blackhawks.
Insight: Burakovsky led the Capitals back from a 2-0 deficit to beat the Blackhawks. He scored to cut the Chicago lead, 2-1. Then he assisted Marcus Johansson's goal to tie the game. Burakovsky has three goals and seven assists this season.
Description: Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen has been a fantasy disappointment in the first 10 games of the 2014-2015 season.
Insight: Niskanen was minus-three on Saturday versus the Lightning and has not scored yet. He has just three assists. The 27-year-old had 10 goals and 36 assists last season with Pittsburgh and signed 7-year, $40.25 million contract in July.
Description: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin are no longer on the same line.
Insight: Washington moved rookie winger Andre Burakovsky to the top line to play next to Ovechkin and Joel Ward. Backstrom will play alongside Marcus Johansson and Troy Brouwer on the second line. We still expect Backstrom and Ovechkin to reunite on the same line at some point this season.
He gave Washington a two-goal lead early in the third period, and was also +1 on the night. Backstrom now has seven points on the season, and looks destined for a solid 2014-15 campaign.
Description: Captals goalie Justin Peters stopped 20-of-21 shots against the Panthers on Saturday.
Insight: The only goal Peters allowed was on the power play, but unfortunately for Washington, they also only scored one goal in regulation. Peters earned the victory in the shootout. The goalie stopped Panthers' right winger Jossi Jokinen and then Alex Ovechkin scored to win.
Description: Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin scored on his shootout attempt to seal a Washington victory on Saturday night.
Insight: Ovechkin was the third Capital to score in the shootout, and goalie Justin Peters stopped Panthers' Jossi Jokinen just prior to Ovechkin's score. Therefore, the victory was sealed. Ovechkin had two shots and seven hits in the game.
Description: Capitals defenseman Mike Green had a goal and an assist on Tuesday against the Sharks.
Insight: Washington trailed, 3-0, after the first period in the game, but rallied to force overtime and earn a point. Green scored his second goal of the year at the 6:35 mark of the second period and assisted the game-tying goal with under five minutes to go in regulation. Green was plus-two with three shots as well.
Description: Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin scored twice and had an assist in a loss to the Sharks on Tuesday.
Insight: San Jose won the game, 6-5, in the shootout. Ovechkin scored towards the end of the second period and then on the power play in the third as the Capitals rallied from two behind to earn a point. Ovechkin has four goals this season.
Description: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom has impressed the entire Washington organization with his play.
Insight: The Washington Post reports Backstrom is seen as the team locker room leader, and coach Barry Trotz has been really impressed with his play on the ice. Backstrom should get a bundle of power play points, which he led the league in last season, and flirt with a point per game this year.
Description: Washington netminder Braden Holtby played well in loss.
Insight: He had 23 saves on 24 shots, and eventually fell to the Canadiens, in a 2-1 shootout loss. Even though he came out on the wrong side of the scoreboard, it was a positive first game for Holtby.
Description: Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov could score a lot in his rookie campaign playing alongside Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.
Insight: The 22-year-old is already the favorite to win the Calder Trophy. He scored nine points in 17 games last year and many project him to score more than 50 points this season. He is definitely worth a late-round pick.
Description: Capitals forward Marcus Johansson should remain fantasy relevant this season.
Insight: Johansson will be the team's No. 2 center at even strength and on the power play as long as the rookie Evgeny Kuznetsov doesn't take over the role. Johansson scored eight goals and 44 points last season.
Description: Capitals right wing Troy Brouwer scored 21 of his 44 points last year on the power play.
Insight: Therefore, Brouwer has much more value in a league that emphasizes power-play points in the scoring system. Owners can also expect him to stay healthy as he has missed just eight games the past five seasons.
Description: New Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen had a career-year in his last season in Pittsburgh a year ago.
Insight: The question is, can the 27-year-old repeat his 10 goal and 36 assist performance from last year? It seems unlikely since Green will likely get the majority of the power-play minutes. Niskanen is still a guy worth drafting, but the expectations should not be set based on his production a year ago.
Description: It is unclear how Capitals defenseman John Carlson fits in new head coach Barry Trotz's system with a healthy Mike Green and the addition of Matt Niskanen.
Insight: All three are offensive defenseman and will compete for playing-time on the power play. Carlson should, however, receive top-four defenseman minutes and play some on the secondary power-play unit. Carlson has far less risk than Green or Niskanen because Carlson has not missed a regular-season game since his rookie year.
Description: Capitals defenseman Mike Green is healthy and should somewhat return to fantasy stardom.
Insight: Green is always somewhat of a risk due to his injury past, but when healthy, Green has proved he is an elite offensive defenseman. We still would be wary of drafting him too early just based on merit, but at the right time, he is a quality selection.
Description: Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin will likely be a more complete player this season.
Insight: That doesn't mean Ovechkin is all-the-sudden going to play exceptional defense, but with new head coach Barry Trotz, Ovechkin should at least make his embarrassing minus-35 in plus/minus more respectable. Even though it was "a horrible" year for the Russian, failing to make the playoffs and win at the Olympics, he still led the NHL with 386 shots and 51 goals. He has an agrument to go No. 1 overall due to the lack of depth at right wing.
Description: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom had an assist and a shootout goal in Washington's preseason victory over Philadelphia on Thursday.
Insight: The center position is too deep to have Backstrom ranked in the top tier or even the second tier, but he is a top-15 fantasy center. His value is also higher than top-15 if your league emphasizes power-play production in the scoring system. No player logged more points in the man advantage last season and with Alex Ovechkin at his side, that is not changing anytime soon.
Description: The Capitals have signed defenseman Matt Niskanen to a seven-year contract.
Insight: With Kris Letang and Paul Martin dealing with injuries for most of the season, the 27-year-old Niskanen stepped up and served as the Penguins top blueliner. He finished with 10 goals and 36 assists in 81 games, all career highs. Fantasy owners shouldn't expect him to quite reach those numbers again.
Description: Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin suffered a right leg injury Sunday while representing his native Russia at the IIHF World Championships. SOURCE: Stephen Whyno, Canadian Press
Insight: He had to be helped off the ice. Until we know the full extent of Ovechkin's injury it's tough to speculate on how much time he might miss. The reigning Hart Trophy winner has led the league in goals each of the last two seasons.
Description: Washington right wing Alex Ovechkin finished with an NHL-high 51 goals this season.
Insight: Ovechkin reached 50 goals for the first time since 2010 and the fifth time in his career. He also had 28 assists, 386 shots on goal and 48 penalty minutes, so fantasy owners were able to overlook his -35 rating (third-worst in NHL).
Description: Capitals defenseman Mike Green (upper body) is not expected to play Friday.
Insight: Green suffered an upper-body injury last Saturday against the Islanders and may sit out the rest of the season with the Capitals eliminated from playoff contention. He has nine goals, 29 assists, 64 PIM and 172 SOG in 70 games.
Description: Washington right wing Joel Ward has produced five points (two goals, three assists) over his last three games.
Insight: The 33-year-old had a goal and two assists Thursday and now has 24 goals and 24 assists (48 points) in 80 games. He never had more than 17 goals, 21 assists or 35 points in a season prior to this one.
Description: Washington right wing Alex Ovechkin reached the 50-goal plateau for the fifth time in his career Tuesday in a win over St. Louis.
Insight: It's the first time Ovechkin has reached 50 goals since 2010. He's one of five players to reach that threshold in the last five seasons (Corey Perry, Evgeni Malkin, Steven Stamkos and Sidney Crosby).
Description: Nicklas Backstrom kept Washington's slim playoff hopes alive by providing two goals in Tuesday night's win over St. Louis.
Insight: Backstrom is now tied for seventh in the league in points (77). Depending on what happens over the last three games of the season, this could potentially be the first time since 2004 that a player other than Alex Ovechkin has led the Capitals in scoring.
Description: Capitals center Mikhail Grabovski (sprained left ankle) said he's ready to return but noted that it is up to the doctors and coaches whether he plays Saturday aganst the Bruins, according to Sky Kerstein of 106.7 The Fan.
Insight: Grabovski (12 G, 21 A) missed 21 of the last 22 games with his injury.
Description: Washington center Nicklas Backstrom never returned to Tuesday's game after suffering an upper-body injury.
Insight: Backstrom (13 G, 57 A) suffered the injury in the second period when Kings defenseman Drew Doughty slammed him into the glass. According to csnwashington.com, coach Adam Oates said that Backstrom was removed for precautionary reasons. The Caps' next game is on Saturday against the Bruins, so Backstrom has three days to rest.
Description: Capitals 21-year-old center Evgeny Kuznetsov scored his first career goal Tuesday against the Kings.
Insight: His shorthanded tally tied the game at four with less than a minute left in the third period. Kuznetsov has produced six points in eight games since he made his NHL debut fresh from the KHL on March 10. He should be added in most leagues.
Description: Dustin Penner scored his first goal since he joined the Capitals Tuesday against the Kings.
Insight: The Ducks surprisingly dealt Penner to Washington at the trade deadline. He's recorded just three points in 11 games with his new team while skating under 13 minutes per game. There's no reason to own him in most leagues.
Description: Capitals goalie Jaroslav Halak was a late scratch from Saturday's lineup with a lower-body injury, according to Katie Carrera of the Washington Post.
Insight: Braden Holtby got the start after Halak took warmups. The injury is not considered serious. "He's OK," coach Adam Oates said. "I think he could come back and play Tuesday." Halak has stabilized the Capitals' goaltending situation by posting a 2.13 GAA and a .935 SV% in seven starts with the team.
Description: Capitals forward Brooks Laich (groin) will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his groin, according to the Washington Post.
Insight: Laich aggravated a nagging groin injury earlier this month and has been in and out of the lineup lately. He had been skating on the top line and produced three goals and six points over his last seven games; the spot will be filled by Marcus Johansson.
Insight: Laich aggravated a nagging groin injury earlier this month and has been in and out of the lineup lately. When healthy he has been playing on the top line and produced three goals and six points his last seven games.
Description: Capitals youngster Evgeny Kuznetsov is expected to skate with the No. 2 line on Saturday night.
Insight: The 21-year-old put up three assists in Friday's 4-3 win over Vancouver and is expected to play alongside Troy Brouwer and Casey Wellman. Time to add him to your roster, if he's still out there.
Description: Capitals forward Brooks Laich will play Friday, according to Katie Carrera of the Washington Post.
Insight: Laich aggravated a nagging groin injury earlier this month and had to sit out Tuesday, but he has put up a point in each of his last three games and six points in his last six while skating primarily on the top line.
Description: Capitals right wing Troy Brouwer has scored eight goals in his last 10 games.
Insight: Brouwer entered February with just 10 goals and 24 points all season, but he's picked up his production since then. He has 32 points and 121 SOG in 65 games, which represents a huge dropoff from last season's 33 points and 111 SOG in 47 games.
Description: Capitals forward Brooks Laich played through a groin injury and scored a goal Saturday.
Insight: Laich has dealt with a nagging groin injury the last two seasons and aggravated it Wednesday, but he was able to give it a go and skated nearly 19 minutes against Phoenix. Laich has been getting playing time with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom recently and has put up three goals and five points in his last five games.
Description: The Capitals have signed prospect Evgeny Kuznetsov to an entry-level contract. He'll make his debut Monday against Pittsburgh, according to Bob McKenzie of tsn.ca.
Insight: The 21-year-old was selected in the first round of the 2010 draft and just came to an agreement with his KHL team to end his contract seven weeks early after the team failed to make the playoffs. Kuznetsov had eight goals and 13 assists in 34 games in the KHL this season after putting up 38 goals and 46 assists in 100 games the previous two seasons. It's unclear what role or positon he'll play.
Description: Capitals forward Brooks Laich (groin) will play Saturday, according to the Washington Post.
Insight: Laich has dealt with a nagging groin injury the last two seasons and aggravated it Wednesday. He didn't skate Thursday, Friday or Saturday morning, so it's surprising that he's playing. Laich has been getting playing time with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom recently and had four points in his last four games.
Description: Capitals center Mikhail Grabovski (sprained left ankle) will not play Saturday, according to the Washington Post.
Insight: Grabovski (12 G, 21 A) missed 13 games in a row and aggravated his injury in his return to the lineup Thursday. He's hoping to skate next week. If we had to guess, Grabovski probably will sit out the home and home against the Penguins on Monday and Tuesday. The Caps then have two days off before playing the Canucks on Friday.
Description: Capitals forward Brooks Laich will be a game-time decision Saturday due to a groin injury, according to the Washington Post.
Insight: Laich has dealt with a nagging groin injury the last two seasons and aggravated it Wednesday. He didn't skate Thursday, Friday or Saturday morning and probably won't play Saturday night. Laich has been getting playing time with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom recently and had four points in his last four games.
Description: Washington's newly-acquired goalie Jaroslav Halak will make his Capitals debut on Saturday.
Insight: Halak never played a game for the Sabres after being traded from the Blues. He'll have his hands full with a less-than stellar defense in front of him. Halak was 24-9-4 with a 2.23 GAA and .917 SV% in St. Louis.