Fantasy NHL
Washington Capitals Player Notes
For The Last 365 Days
 
Braden Holtby, G12/18/2014 10:00:00 PM
Description: Capitals netminder Braden Holtby had a bad night versus the Blue Jackets.
Insight: Holtby allowed four goals, facing just 26 shots. That's only good enough for a .846 save percentage, but Washington rallied to win in overtime to improve Holtby's record to 13-7-5.
Eric Fehr, RW12/18/2014 9:57:00 PM
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.
Braden Holtby, G12/16/2014 10:27:00 PM
Description: Capitals netminder Braden Holtby took a tough loss in a shootout on Tuesday night.
Insight: The shootout was as entertaining as it gets, going 20 rounds. Holtby stopped 28-of-29 shots on goal and is now 12-7-5 on the season.
Troy Brouwer, RW12/16/2014 10:08:00 PM
Description: Capitals right wing Troy Brouwer scored the team's lone goal on Tuesday night.
Insight: He now has nine goals and 15 points through 30 games. Brouwer should be owned everywhere, but owners should beware he is not a consistent player.
Braden Holtby, G12/13/2014 10:21:00 PM
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.
Nicklas Backstrom, C12/13/2014 10:18:00 PM
Description: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom registered a hat trick on Saturday against the Lightning.
Insight: Backstrom scored on 3-of-his-4 shots on net. He was plus-two in the game. Backstrom is now averaging over a point per game this season with eight goals and 22 assists in 29 games.
Braden Holtby, G12/11/2014 10:02:00 PM
Description: Capitals netminder Braden Holtby took the loss in overtime Thursday against Columbus.
Insight: Holtby stopped 20-of-23 shots on goal, and was not tested too much. He is now 11-7-4 overall, and will continue to be the top goaltender for Washington.
Alex Ovechkin, RW12/11/2014 9:59:00 PM
Description: Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin did not score on Thursday, but had nine shots on goal.
Insight: Owners would like to see his scoring improve, as Ovechkin has 14 goals and 23 points through 28 games. He can do better.
John Carlson, D12/9/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Capitals defenseman John Carlson amassed seven shots on net and had an assist on Tuesday.
Insight: Carlson also led the team with a plus-two rating. He has four goals and 16 assists with a plus-seven rating in 27 games this season.
Alex Ovechkin, RW12/9/2014 10:12:00 PM
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.
Joel Ward, RW12/7/2014 11:18:00 AM
Description: Capitals right wing Joel Ward recorded two assists in Saturday's victory versus New Jersey.
Insight: Ward now has 15 points through 26 games this season and should be picked up in all leagues.
Braden Holtby, G12/6/2014 9:55:00 PM
Description: Capitals netminder Braden Holtby picked up his 10th win of the season Saturday against the Devils.
Insight: He stopped 33-of-34 shots on goal, and has been somewhat of a surprise this season. Owners should be pleased with Holtby's output.
Brooks Laich, C12/6/2014 9:50:00 PM
Description: Capitals forward Brooks Laich notched two points during Saturday's victory versus New Jersey.
Insight: He had a goal and an assist, and now has two goals during his past three games. Laich has played only 11 games this season, so owners should hope this game gets him rolling.
Mike Green, D12/6/2014 1:40:00 PM
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.
Eric Fehr, RW12/4/2014 9:41:00 PM
Description: Capitals right wing Eric Fehr scored the game-winner in Thursday's game against the Hurricanes.
Insight: The goal came at the 15:58 mark of the third period. Fehr has four goals this season, two of which are game-winners. He also has three assists and a plus-five rating.
Braden Holtby, G12/4/2014 9:37:00 PM
Description: Capitals netminder Braden Holtby allowed just one goal as Washington defeated Carolina, 2-1, on Thursday.
Insight: Holtby faced 30 shots, stopping 29 of them. He is 9-7-3 this season and came into the game with a 2.50 GAA and .909 save percentage.
John Carlson, D12/2/2014 9:48:00 PM
Description: Capitals defenseman John Carlson had an incredible game on Tuesday versus the Canucks.
Insight: Carlson scored two goals on two shots, added an assist and finished plus-three. He has four goals, 14 assists with a plus-three rating this season.
Braden Holtby, G11/29/2014 10:35:00 PM
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.
Braden Holtby, G11/28/2014 7:57:00 PM
Description: Capitals netminder Braden Holtby allowed two goals in Friday's victory against the Islanders.
Insight: He stopped 26-of-28 shots in the 5-2 victory. Holtby is now 8-5-3 this season and came into the game with a 2.28 GAA and .915 save percentage.
Matt Niskanen, D11/28/2014 7:54:00 PM
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.
Alex Ovechkin, RW11/26/2014 9:45:00 PM
Description: Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin scored both goals during Wednesday's overtime loss to the Islanders.
Insight: He also had four shots on goal and two penalty minutes. Ovechkin now has a solid 22 points through 21 games.
Braden Holtby, G11/22/2014 10:06:00 PM
Description: Capitals netminder Braden Holtby allowed two goals in Saturday's loss to Buffalo.
Insight: He made 19 saves on 21 shots on goal. Holtby is now 7-5-2 on the season, and is a decent option in net for fantasy owners.
Braden Holtby, G11/22/2014 11:36:00 AM
Description: Capitals netminder Braden Holtby will start in goal on Saturday.
Insight: Holtby is 7-4-2 with a 2.26 GAA and .914 save percentage this season. He has a very friendly matchup against the Sabres on Saturday.
Braden Holtby, G11/19/2014 9:59:00 AM
Description: Capitals netminder Braden Holtby stopped 23-of-24 shots in Tuesday's overtime victory against Arizona.
Insight: He has played well this season, and now is 6-4-2 with a 2.28 GAA and .913 save percentage.
Eric Fehr, RW11/19/2014 9:56:00 AM
Description: Capitals right wing Eric Fehr scored the game-winner in Tuesday's overtime victory against the Coyotes.
Insight: It was just his third goal of the season, and Fehr now has five points overall, making him an irrelevant fantasy player at the moment.
Joel Ward, RW11/16/2014 10:13:00 AM
Description: Capitals right wing Joel Ward scored on his one shot on goal against the Blues.
Insight: Ward now has eight goals and two assists this season. Those are decent numbers for the top-line forward in Washington, but Ward has an even rating and two penalty minutes.
Braden Holtby, G11/14/2014 9:37:00 PM
Description: Capitals netminder Braden Holtby took a tough-luck loss against the Devils.
Insight: He stopped 27-of-28 shots on goal, but Washington fell 1-0. Holtby is now 5-4-2 this season.
Marcus Johansson, C11/11/2014 10:01:00 PM
Description: Capitals forward Marcus Johansson scored two goals against the Blue Jackets.
Insight: Johnansson joined Alex Ovechkin as multi-goal scorers on Tuesday. Johansson finished plus-one with eight shots. He has eight goals and four assists this season.
Alex Ovechkin, RW11/11/2014 9:58:00 PM
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.
Nicklas Backstrom, C11/9/2014 10:47:00 AM
Description: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom scored the overtime winner Saturday versus Carolina.
Insight: Alex Ovechkin set him up, and Backstrom now has four goals and 10 points on the season. He will continue to be a solid option moving forward.
Braden Holtby, G11/8/2014 10:19:00 AM
Description: Capitals netminder Braden Holtby stopped 38-of-40 shots to defeat the Blackhawks on Friday, 3-2.
Insight: It was a huge victory for Holtby and the Capitals. Washington erased a 2-0 deficit with three second period goals. It was a statement victory against a yearly Stanley Cup favorite.
Andre Burakovsky, LW11/8/2014 10:15:00 AM
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.
Troy Brouwer, RW11/4/2014 10:50:00 PM
Description: Capitals right wing Troy Brouwer scored a goal on Saturday night.
Insight: He now has five goals and nine points on the season, and should be a solid option for fantasy owners the entire season.
Nicklas Backstrom, C11/4/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and an assist in Tueaday's loss to the Flames.
Insight: It was only his third goal of the season. but Backstrom now has 13 points overall.
Alex Ovechkin, RW11/4/2014 10:19:00 PM
Description: Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin had two assists in Tuesday's overtime loss to Calgary.
Insight: He also had seven shots on goal, which is a nice sight for owners, but was also -1 on the night. Ovechkin is still one of the top players in the game.
Brooks Laich, C11/3/2014 4:43:00 PM
Description: Capitals forward Brooks Laich (shoulder) may return to action this week.
Insight: He has been out since mid-October after injuring his shoulder against the Panthers, but since he was not placed on the injured reserved list, Laich could suit up any day. Stay tuned.
Matt Niskanen, D11/1/2014 10:49:00 PM
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.
Braden Holtby, G10/29/2014 10:03:00 PM
Description: Washington netminder Braden Holtby took his second loss of the seasn, Wednesday against Detroit.
Insight: He let up four goals on only 22 shots, but owners do not need to worry yet. Holtby will look to get back on track, next time out.
Nicklas Backstrom, C10/28/2014 5:44:00 PM
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.
Andre Burakovsky, LW10/28/2014 5:04:00 PM
Description: Capitals rookie left wing Andre Burakovsky will play on the top line Wednesday.
Insight: That means he will play with Alex Ovechkin and Joel Ward. Burakovsky has gotten off to a great start this season with five goals and seven points. He is worth picking up in standard leagues.
Braden Holtby, G10/26/2014 10:19:00 AM
Description: Washington netminder Braden Holtby made 20 saves, to help the Capitals earn a 3-1 victory on Saturday night.
Insight: He is now 3-1-1 with a solid 1.92 GAA and .922 save percentage. Fantasy owners who gambled on Holtby later in drafts, have it paying off nicely early on.
Nicklas Backstrom, C10/26/2014 10:13:00 AM
Description: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom scored his second goal of the season.
Insight: 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.
Joel Ward, RW10/26/2014 10:11:00 AM
Description: Washington right wing Joel Ward recorded two goals and four shots on goal in Saturday's victory over Calgary.
Insight: He now has four goals on the season, and if owners left Ward undrafted, he is a viable waiver candidate, for everyone in need of a goal-scorer.
Justin Peters, G10/18/2014 10:37:00 PM
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.
Alex Ovechkin, RW10/18/2014 10:31:00 PM
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.
Justin Peters, G10/18/2014 11:38:00 AM
Description: Captals goalie Justin Peters will start start the next two games for Washington.
Insight: Coach Barry Trotz said he wants to get Peters some action, and will do just that over the next two contests.
Alex Ovechkin, RW10/16/2014 9:56:00 PM
Description: Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin continued his hot start to the season Thursday against the Devils.
Insight: He scored his fifth goal of the season and now has six points through four games. It goes without saying, Ovechkin is easily a top-five fantasy option.
Mike Green, D10/14/2014 10:19:00 PM
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.
Alex Ovechkin, RW10/14/2014 10:15:00 PM
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.
Alex Ovechkin, RW10/12/2014 12:36:00 AM
Description: Capitals right winger Alex Ovechkin put two pucks in the back of the net on seven shots Saturday night.
Insight: You didn't think he would be held scoreless for long did you? He led the NHL with 386 shots and 51 goals last season.
Braden Holtby, G10/12/2014 12:32:00 AM
Description: Washington netminder Braden Holtby stopped all 29 shots in recording a 4-0 shutout of the tough Boston Bruins in Boston.
Insight: Holtby could be in for a good season if the Capitals defenders continue to pay attention to the ice in front of him. That hasn't always been the case in the past.
Mike Green, D10/11/2014 4:02:00 PM
Description: Capitals defenseman Mike Green will travel to Boston on Saturday but still may not suit up according to CSN Washington. UPDATE: Green will play on Saturday night.
Insight: Green has an upper body injury that coach Barry Trotz would rather his star defeseman not aggravate. The Capitals might elect for him to rest.
Nicklas Backstrom, C10/11/2014 11:39:00 AM
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.
Braden Holtby, G10/9/2014 10:18:00 PM
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.
Andre Burakovsky, LW10/9/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Washington rookie left wing scored his first career goal on Thursday against Montreal.
Insight: He did it in the first period of his first game, and finished with two shots on goal, in Washington's shootout loss. Keep an eye on Burakovsky, to see if he becomes fantasy-relevant.
Mike Green, D10/8/2014 7:25:00 PM
Description: Capitals defenseman Mike Green remains questionable for Washington's season opener according to the Washington Post.
Insight: Green's injury is not serious, but Green has been battling injuries for years. He played in 70 games last season, the most he has been in since 2009-2010.
Evgeny Kuznetsov, C10/4/2014 6:05:00 PM
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.
Marcus Johansson, C10/4/2014 6:02:00 PM
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.
Troy Brouwer, RW10/4/2014 5:46:00 PM
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.
Matt Niskanen, D10/4/2014 5:42:00 PM
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.
John Carlson, D10/4/2014 5:39:00 PM
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.
Mike Green, D10/4/2014 5:36:00 PM
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.
Alex Ovechkin, RW10/4/2014 5:33:00 PM
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.
Nicklas Backstrom, C10/4/2014 5:27:00 PM
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.
Matt Niskanen, D7/1/2014 8:31:00 PM
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.
Alex Ovechkin, RW5/22/2014 8:10:00 PM
Description: Washington right wing Alex Ovechkin was back on the ice for Russia's quarterfinal game against France Thursday at the IIHF World Hockey Championships. SOURCE: IIHFworlds2014.com
Insight: Ovechkin injured his knee early in the tournament but only ended up missing one game. He felt encouraged by his performance and could shed the knee brace he wore today for the semifinals.
Alex Ovechkin, RW5/18/2014 4:17:00 PM
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.
Alex Ovechkin, RW4/14/2014 4:34:00 PM
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).
Marcus Johansson, C4/12/2014 1:59:00 PM
Description: Capitals forward Marcus Johansson (upper body) never returned to Friday's game and is not expected to play on Saturday.
Insight: Johansson came into Friday with eight goals, 36 assists and 106 SOG in 79 games. He didn't return after taking a shot off his left hand.
Marcus Johansson, C4/11/2014 10:30:00 PM
Description: Capitals forward Marcus Johansson (upper body) never returned to Friday's game.
Insight: Johansson came into Friday with eight goals, 36 assists and 106 SOG in 79 games. He left after taking a shot off his arm.
Marcus Johansson, C4/11/2014 8:36:00 PM
Description: Capitals forward Marcus Johansson was hit in the arm by a shot during Friday's game and hasn't returned.
Insight: Johansson came into Friday with eight goals, 36 assists and 106 SOG in 79 games.
Mike Green, D4/11/2014 5:10:00 PM
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.
Jason Chimera, LW4/10/2014 9:41:00 PM
Description: Washington winger Jason Chimera had a goal and two assists Thursday against the Hurricanes.
Insight: With that, the 34-year-old reached 40 points for the first time and has 41 in 80 games.
Joel Ward, RWHot4/10/2014 9:39:00 PM
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.
Troy Brouwer, RW4/10/2014 9:37:00 PM
Description: Capitals right wing Troy Brouwer scored two goals Thursday at Carolina.
Insight: That gives Brouwer 15 goals in 25 games since the start of February. He had 10 goals in 55 games before that.
Dustin Penner, LW4/10/2014 4:59:00 PM
Description: Washington left wing Dustin Penner (upper body) returned to action Tuesday but played just nine minutes.
Insight: Penner (14 G, 21 A) has just three points in 15 games since he was traded to the Capitals.
Mike Green, D4/10/2014 4:59:00 PM
Description: Capitals defenseman Mike Green (upper body) will not play Thursday against the Hurricanes, according to nhl.com.
Insight: Green suffered an upper-body injury Saturday against the Islanders and may sit out the rest of the season. He has nine goals, 29 assists, 64 PIM and 172 SOG in 70 games.
Alex Ovechkin, RW4/8/2014 10:44:00 PM
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).
Nicklas Backstrom, C4/8/2014 10:42:00 PM
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.
Mike Green, D4/8/2014 5:08:00 PM
Description: Capitals defenseman Mike Green (upper body) will not be available Tuesday against the Blues, according to nhl.com.
Insight: Green suffered an upper-body injury Saturday against the Islanders. He has nine goals, 29 assists, 64 PIM and 172 SOG in 70 games this season.
Evgeny Kuznetsov, C4/5/2014 8:56:00 PM
Description: Capitals center Evgeny Kuznetsov scored a goal Saturday against the Islanders.
Insight: It's the third goal of the 21-year-old's career. Kuznetsov made his NHL debut 13 games ago and has eight points.
Dustin Penner, LW4/5/2014 4:37:00 PM
Description: Washington left wing Dustin Penner will miss Saturday's game due to an upper-body injury.
Insight: Penner (14 G, 21 A) has just three points in 14 games since he was traded to the Capitals.
Troy Brouwer, RWHot3/30/2014 10:57:00 PM
Description: Capitals right wing Troy Brouwer scored two more goals Sunday at Nashville.
Insight: Brouwer has delivered 13 goals over his last 20 games. He had 10 in his first 55.
Mikhail Grabovski, C3/30/2014 6:36:00 PM
Description: Capitals center Mikhail Grabovski (sprained left ankle) will return to the lineup Sunday, according to Alan May of csnwashington.com.
Insight: Grabovski (12 G, 21 A) missed 22 of the last 23 games with his injury. He'll start off centering the fourth line Sunday but should move up soon.
Mikhail Grabovski, C3/28/2014 5:37:00 PM
Description: Capitals center Mikhail Grabovski (sprained left ankle) will not play Saturday, according to Adam Vingan of nbcwashington.com.
Insight: Grabovski (12 G, 21 A) missed 21 of the last 22 games with his injury. He said Thursday that he is ready to return but the decision is out of his hands.
Mikhail Grabovski, C3/27/2014 6:47:00 PM
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.
Nicklas Backstrom, C3/27/2014 5:59:00 PM
Description: Washington center Nicklas Backstrom (upper body) practiced Thursday and said he will play Saturday, according to the Washington Post.
Insight: Backstrom (13 G, 57 A) suffered an injury in the second period Tuesday when Kings defenseman Drew Doughty slammed him into the glass and he had to leave the game.
Nicklas Backstrom, C3/26/2014 11:29:00 AM
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.
Evgeny Kuznetsov, CHot3/25/2014 10:10:00 PM
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.
Dustin Penner, LW3/25/2014 10:04:00 PM
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.
Alex Ovechkin, RW3/25/2014 10:02:00 PM
Description: Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin had his first two-goal game since March 1 Tuesday against the Kings.
Insight: Ovechkin had 30 goals in his first 34 games, but he's slowed down with 18 in his past 35. That still puts him just two goals away from 50 and 11 ahead of anyone else.
Nicklas Backstrom, C3/25/2014 8:37:00 PM
Description: Washington center Nicklas Backstrom suffered an upper-body injury Tuesday against Los Angeles. SOURCE: Katie Carrera, Washington Post
Insight: He's questionable to return. Backstrom's assist in the first period was his 70th point of the season.
Jaroslav Halak, G3/23/2014 11:57:00 AM
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.
Joel Ward, RWHot3/19/2014 10:17:00 AM
Description: Washington right wing Joel Ward scored a goal for the third straight game Tuesday at Anaheim.
Insight: The 33-year-old has set career highs with 21 goals and 41 points in 70 games this season.
Troy Brouwer, RWHot3/19/2014 10:15:00 AM
Description: Capitals right wing Troy Brouwer scored his 21st goal of the season Tuesday at Anaheim.
Insight: Brouwer has potted five goals in March and 11 in his last 15 games. He had just 10 in his first 55 games.
Brooks Laich, C3/17/2014 6:49:00 PM
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.
Joel Ward, RW3/16/2014 7:24:00 PM
Description: Washington right wing Joel Ward collected four points in his last four games and a career-high 40 points in 69 games this season.
Insight: The 33-year-old Ward scored a goal in each of the last two games, giving him a career-high 20 goals.
Troy Brouwer, RWHot3/16/2014 7:19:00 PM
Description: Capitals right wing Troy Brouwer scored two goals Sunday against Toronto.
Insight: Brouwer has scored 10 goals in his last 14 games and has 34 points in 69 games. It took him 47 games to put up 33 points last season.
Brooks Laich, C3/16/2014 6:11:00 PM
Description: Capitals forward Brooks Laich (groin) missed Sunday's game.
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.
Evgeny Kuznetsov, C3/15/2014 3:25:00 PM
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.
Joel Ward, RW3/14/2014 10:22:00 PM
Description: Washington right wing Joel Ward has a career-high 38 points in 68 games this season.
Insight: Ward scored his 19th goal of the season Friday against the Canucks.
Alex Ovechkin, RW3/14/2014 10:15:00 PM
Description: Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin broke a four-game points drought with a goal Friday against the Canucks.
Insight: Ovechkin had 30 goals in his first 34 games, but he's slowed down with 15 in his past 30. His 45 goals, 68 points and 337 SOG in 64 games this season helps us forgive his putrid -29.
Brooks Laich, C3/14/2014 6:50:00 PM
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.
Mikhail Grabovski, C3/13/2014 7:48:00 PM
Description: Capitals center Mikhail Grabovski (sprained left ankle) skated before practice on Thursday, according to Adam Vingan of nbcwashington.com.
Insight: Grabovski (12 G, 21 A) missed 16 of the last 17 games with his injury and remains without a timetable.
Troy Brouwer, RWHot3/8/2014 10:05:00 PM
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.
Brooks Laich, C3/8/2014 10:03:00 PM
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.
Evgeny Kuznetsov, C3/8/2014 8:31:00 PM
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.
Brooks Laich, C3/8/2014 7:09:00 PM
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.
Mikhail Grabovski, C3/8/2014 5:09:00 PM
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.
Brooks Laich, C3/8/2014 5:05:00 PM
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.
Jaroslav Halak, G3/8/2014 11:28:00 AM
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.
Mikhail Grabovski, C3/8/2014 11:26:00 AM
Description: Capitals center Mikhail Grabovski (sprained left ankle) is questionable for Saturday's game against Phoenix.
Insight: Grabovski has missed 13 of the last 14 Washington games. When available he's been a solid scorer with 33 points (12 goals) in 50 games.
Mikhail Grabovski, C3/6/2014 11:16:00 AM
Description: Capitals center Mikhail Grabovski (sprained left ankle) is questionable for Thursday's game against Boston.
Insight: Grabovski has missed 12 of the last 13 Washington games. When available he's been a solid scorer with 33 points (12 goals) in 50 games.
Jaroslav Halak, G3/5/2014 3:54:00 PM
Description: Goalie Jaroslav Halak wasn't in Buffalo for long. He's on the move again, this time to the Washington Capitals. SOURCE: Bob McKenzie, TSN
Insight: Halak never played a game for the Sabres after being traded from the Blues. He'll presumably will replace Braden Holtby as Washington's starter. The Caps are a below-average defensive team but nowhere near as terrible as Buffalo.
Rostislav Klesla, D3/4/2014 8:13:00 PM
Description: The Coyotes traded D Rostislav Klesla to the Capitals on Tuesday.
Insight: Klesla has just one goal and four points in 25 games this season and won't have any more fantasy value with Washington than he did with Phoenix.
Dustin Penner, LW3/4/2014 5:47:00 PM
Description: The Ducks traded Dustin Penner to the Washington Capitals Tuesday. Anaheim got back a fourth-round draft pick.
Insight: Penner had 21 points (nine goals), a +17 rating and 51 SOG his first 22 games this season, but he only put up 11 points, a +5 and 49 SOG in his last 27. He's unlikely to gain more fantasy value with Washington, as he was skating with Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf in Anaheim, unless the Caps give him power-play time.
Mike Green, D3/2/2014 7:43:00 PM
Description: Capitals defenseman Mike Green had a hand in three of Washington's four goals Sunday against the Flyers.
Insight: Green had three assists Sunday, giving him 33 points, 56 PIM, 135 SOG and a -9 in 54 games.
Alex Ovechkin, RW3/1/2014 8:33:00 PM
Description: Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin dominated the Bruins Saturday at TD Garden.
Insight: Both of Ovechkin's goals came on the power play. Saturday marked his seventh multi-goal effort of the season. Ovechkin's 43 goals this year are 11 more than anyone else in the NHL (Phil Kessel and Joe Pavelski are tied with 32 each).
Mikhail Grabovski, C2/28/2014 8:14:00 PM
Description: Capitals center Mikhail Grabovski (lower body) has returned to Washington to be evaluated, according to Mike Vogel of washingtoncaps.com. He'll miss Saturday's game against Boston.
Insight: Grabovski may have aggravated the ankle injury that caused him to sit out Washington's last eight games before the Olympic break Thursday night.
Brooks Laich, C2/27/2014 10:13:00 PM
Description: Capitals forward Brooks Laich skated on the top line with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom Thursday night and it provided an immediate boost to his numbers.
Insight: Laich had a goal and two assists after putting up just nine points in his first 44 games of the season.
Nicklas Backstrom, C2/27/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Caps center Nicklas Backstrom had two assists Thursday against the Panthers.
Insight: Backstrom was not allowed to participate in the gold medal game for Sweden in the Sochi Olympics for using an allergy medication that contained a banned substance, but the substance is not banned by the NHL and he wasn't disciplined. His 47 assists rank third in the NHL.
Troy Brouwer, RWHot2/27/2014 10:09:00 PM
Description: Capitals right wing Troy Brouwer scored two goals Thursday, giving him six goals in his last five games.
Insight: Brouwer entered February with just 10 goals and 24 points all season. His 16 goals and 29 points in 60 games represent a huge dropoff from 2012-13, when he had 19 goals and 33 points in 47.
Mikhail Grabovski, C2/27/2014 8:23:00 PM
Description: Capitals center Mikhail Grabovski sustained a lower-body injury during Thursday's game and is questionable to return, according to Katie Carrera of the Washington Post.
Insight: Grabovski may have aggravated the ankle injury that caused him to sit out Washington's last eight games before the Olympic break. Prior to the injury, he hadn't picked up a point in his last five games.
Nicklas Backstrom, C2/23/2014 12:34:00 PM
Description: NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said he doesn't anticipate there being any consequences for Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom using a banned substance at the Olympics. SOURCE: nhl.com
Insight: Backstrom was not allowed to participate in the gold medal game for Sweden against Canada Sunday for using an allergy medication that contained a banned substance. The substance isn't prohibited by the NHL, however.
Nicklas Backstrom, C2/23/2014 10:12:00 AM
Description: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom didn't play for Sweden in the gold medal game against Canada Sunday because he tested positive for a banned substance, according to yahoosports.com.
Insight: An NHLPA source told Yahoo! Sports that Backstrom violated anti-doping rules after using an allergy medication. It was first reported that Backstrom would miss the game due to a migraine. Canada blanked Sweden, 3-0, to win its second straight men's ice hockey gold medal and third in four Olympics.
Alex Ovechkin, RW2/21/2014 9:03:00 PM
Description: The Olympic break is ending but Washington right wing Alex Ovechkin is still in Russia tending to his ailing father. SOURCE: ESPN
Insight: Ovechkin's father recently underwent heart surgery. It's unknown if Ovechkin will be back in time for next Thursday's game against Florida. The three-time Hart Trophy winner leads the NHL with 40 goals in 2013-14.
Mike Green, D2/19/2014 4:21:00 PM
Description: Capitals defenseman Mike Green (concussion) expects to return to action next Thursday at Florida, according to Katie Carrera of the Washington Post.
Insight: Green (7 G, 23 A) suffered a concussion Jan. 30 against Columbus when he was checked into the boards and missed the last five games before the Olympic break. He has passed concussion tests and is ready to play.
Alex Ovechkin, RW2/11/2014 1:35:00 PM
Description: Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin is expected to team up with Evgeni Malkin and Alexander Semin on Russia's first line.
Insight: You will be hard-pressed to find a better trio than Ovechkin (60 points), Malkin (58) and Semin (22).
Mike Green, D2/8/2014 10:28:00 AM
Description: Capitals defenseman Mike Green (concussion) is not expected to return until after the Olympic break, according to csnwashington.com.
Insight: Green (7 G, 23 A) suffered a concussion Jan. 30 against Columbus when he was checked into the boards.
Troy Brouwer, RW2/6/2014 9:56:00 PM
Description: Troy Brouwer led the Capitals to victory with two goals Thursday against Winnipeg.
Insight: Brouwer (13 goals, 13 assists) has scored a goal in two of his last three games. Thursday was Brouwer's first multi-goal effort since April.
Mike Green, D2/4/2014 5:38:00 PM
Description: Capitals defenseman Mike Green (concussion) is not expected to return until after the Olympic break, according to csnwashington.com.
Insight: Green suffered a concussion Jan. 30 against Columbus when he was checked into the boards. The Capitals have three more games left before the two-week break.
Brooks Laich, C2/4/2014 10:50:00 AM
Description: Washington Capitals winger Brooks Laich is questionable for Tuesday's game against the NY Islanders due to a groin injury.
Insight: Laich has just nine points in 41 games this season. He's no longer the scorer he once was and fantasy owners can find better elsewhere.
Mike Green, D2/4/2014 10:46:00 AM
Description: Capitals defenseman Mike Green (head) is expected to miss Tuesday's game against the NY Islanders.
Insight: Green was knocked out of last Thursday's game at Columbus with a head injury after being checked into the boards and missed the last two games. He skated for a short time Monday, but isn't ready to return.
Mikhail Grabovski, C2/4/2014 10:45:00 AM
Description: Capitals center Mikhail Grabovski (sprained left ankle) is listed as questionable, though he's more likely not going to play until after the Olympic break.
Insight: Grabovski last played on Jan. 24. He has scored 12 goals and 21 assists in 49 games this season but is in the midst of a five-game points drought.
Eric Fehr, RW2/4/2014 10:43:00 AM
Description: Capitals right wing Eric Fehr is probable for Tuesday's game against the NY Islanders while dealing with a lower-body injury.
Insight: Fehr has 20 points in 47 games this season, but his fantasy value is limited.
Mike Green, D2/2/2014 9:08:00 PM
Description: Capitals defenseman Mike Green (head) sat out Sunday's game.
Insight: Green was knocked out of Thursday's game at Columbus with a head injury after being checked into the boards and missed the last two games.
John Carlson, DHot2/2/2014 5:35:00 PM
Description: Washington defenseman John Carlson has generated six points in his last five games.
Insight: Carlson had a big month of November but he has otherwise been unreliable this season. The 24-year-old has a career-high 10 goals and 156 SOG but just 13 assists in 56 games.
Joel Ward, RW2/2/2014 3:55:00 PM
Description: Washington right wing Joel Ward lit the lamp twice in Sunday's win against the Red Wings.
Insight: Ward (17 goals, 16 assists in 56 games) also added an assist. He's now scored in each of his last three games. Sunday marked the veteran's first multi-goal effort of the season.
Mikhail Grabovski, C1/31/2014 7:49:00 PM
Description: Capitals center Mikhail Grabovski (sprained left ankle) is not playing Friday against the Red Wings.
Insight: Grabovski last played on Jan. 24. He has scored 12 goals and 21 assists in 49 games this season but is in the midst of a five-game points drought.
Mike Green, D1/31/2014 7:48:00 PM
Description: Capitals defenseman Mike Green (upper body) is out Friday. He left Thursday's game in the first period after being hit into the boards by Columbus' Boone Jenner.
Insight: Green used to be a top-three fantasy defensman, but those days are in the past. He's still a viable blueliner with seven goals and 23 assists on 129 shots, but he's no longer a point-a-night guy and his -9 rating is indicative of a Capitals defense that is struggling.
Mike Green, D1/31/2014 9:48:00 AM
Description: Capitals defenseman Mike Green left Thursday's game in the first period after being hit into the boards by Columbus' Boone Jenner and is questionable for Friday's game against Detroit.
Insight: Green used to be a top-three fantasy defensman, but those days are in the past. He's still a viable blueliner with seven goals and 23 assists on 129 shots, but he's no longer a point-a-night guy and his -9 rating is indicative of a Capitals defense which is struggling.
Mikhail Grabovski, C1/31/2014 9:45:00 AM
Description: Capitals center Mikhail Grabovski (sprained left ankle) is questionable for Friday's game against Detroit.
Insight: Grabovski hasn't skated with the team since Jan. 24, according to a Washington Post report, which means we're leaning toward another missed game. He's scored 12 goals and 21 assists in 49 games this season and is a useful center when healthy.
Mike Green, DHot1/30/2014 9:17:00 PM
Description: Capitals defenseman Mike Green left Thursday's game in the first period after being hit into the boards by Columbus' Boone Jenner. SOURCE: Washington Post
Insight: Green went headfirst in the glass after being checked by Jenner near the end boards. He was motionless on the ice for several minutes before making it off under his own power. He emerged from the dressing room roughly 10 minutes after the hit and skated briefly during a television timeout, but he retreated back down the tunnel soon after and is likely done for the night.
Mikhail Grabovski, C1/30/2014 3:41:00 PM
Description: Capitals center Mikhail Grabovski (sprained left ankle) is questionable for Thursday's game against Columbus
Insight: Grabovski has scored 12 goals and 21 assists in 49 games this season and is a useful center when healthy.
Mike Green, DHot1/28/2014 10:17:00 PM
Description: Capitals defenseman Mike Green has had a nice month, generating 11 points and 35 SOG in 13 games.
Insight: Green had two goals and an assist Tuesday at Buffalo. The 28-year-old blueliner has seven goals, 30 points, 54 PIM and 129 SOG in 50 games.
Alex Ovechkin, RWHot1/28/2014 10:14:00 PM
Description: Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin had two goals and two assists plus seven shot on goal Tuesday against Buffalo.
Insight: Ovechkin has scored three goals and added three assists in two games since returning from a lower-body injury. He has an NHL-leading 38 goals in 49 games.
Braden Holtby, G1/25/2014 10:07:00 PM
Description: Washington netminder Braden Holtby made 21 saves to shut out the Canadiens Saturday.
Insight: Holtby didn't start from Jan. 5-20 after giving up five goals in three straight starts, but he has made 45 saves on 47 shots (.957 SV%) in his last two starts. Trust him at your own peril.
Alex Ovechkin, RW1/25/2014 10:05:00 PM
Description: Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin (lower body) had a goal, an assist, six SOG and a +3 Saturday at Montreal.
Insight: Ovechkin missed the last two games due to a lower-body injury.
Mikhail Grabovski, C1/25/2014 6:52:00 PM
Description: Capitals center Mikhail Grabovski (knee) will not play Saturday, according to Katie Carrera of the Washington Post.
Insight: Caps coach Adam Oates said Grabovski was "hurting pretty good" after Friday's game and the center missed the morning skate Saturday so he was never expected to play.
Alex Ovechkin, RW1/25/2014 6:50:00 PM
Description: Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin (lower body) will play Saturday, the team announced.
Insight: The NHL's leading goal scorer missed the last two games but skated and looked explosive Saturday morning.
Alex Ovechkin, RW1/25/2014 4:34:00 PM
Description: Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin (lower body) will be a game-time decision Saturday, according to Katie Carrera of the Washington Post.
Insight: The NHL's leading goal scorer missed the last two games. Carrera reports that Ovechkin looked explosive in his stride during the morning skate and expects him to play.
Mikhail Grabovski, C1/25/2014 4:32:00 PM
Description: Capitals center Mikhail Grabovski (leg) is a game-time decision Saturday, according to Katie Carrera of the Washington Post.
Insight: Caps coach Adam Oates said Grabovski was "hurting pretty good" after Friday's game. The center missed the morning skate Saturday.
Alex Ovechkin, RW1/24/2014 2:58:00 PM
Description: Caps right wing Alex Ovechkin wasn't at practice on Thursday and has been declared out for Friday's game against New Jersey. SOURCE: Washington Post
Insight: The NHL's leading goal scorer missed Tuesday's game against Ottawa because of a lower body injury. It's a huge blow to the Caps' offense as well as Ovechkin's fantasy owners.
Alex Ovechkin, RW1/23/2014 6:56:00 PM
Description: Caps right wing Alex Ovechkin wasn't at practice on Thursday and remains questionable for Friday's game against New Jersey. SOURCE: Washington Post
Insight: He did travel with the team, which is always a good sign. The NHL's leading goal scorer missed Tuesday's game against Ottawa because of a lower body injury. It was only his third absence of the season.
Alex Ovechkin, RW1/22/2014 12:08:00 AM
Description: No Alex Ovechkin meant no goals for Washington Tuesday against Ottawa.
Insight: Any absence for Ovechkin is a disaster for fantasy owners as he's one of the top scorers in the NHL. And it didn't help the Caps either as they got shut out 2-0. He has three goals in his last four games and 35 in 47 games this season to lead the league. The 260 SOG and 34 PIM offset his rather ugly -16 rating.
Alex Ovechkin, RW1/21/2014 12:23:00 PM
Description: Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin will be a game-time decision due to a lower-body injury, according to Capitals beat writer Katie Carrera.
Insight: Any absence for Ovechkin is a disaster for fantasy owners as he's one of the top scorers in the NHL. He has three goals in his last four games and 35 in 47 games this season to lead the league. The 260 SOG and 34 PIM offset his rather ugly -16 rating.
Braden Holtby, G1/19/2014 10:12:00 PM
Description: Washington netminder Braden Holtby replaced Philip Grubauer for the second straight game Sunday at New York and made 17 saves on 18 shots in 42 minutes.
Insight: The Caps gave Holtby an extended break after he allowed 18 goals in just 190 minutes (5.68 GAA) over a four-game span from Dec. 10 to Jan. 4, but he's had to come in for Grubauer the last two games and could be close to reclaiming the starting job.
Braden Holtby, G1/17/2014 10:20:00 PM
Description: Washington netminder Braden Holtby made his first appearance since Jan. 4 Friday in relief of Philipp Grubauer and allowed two goals on 22 shots in 38 minutes of action.
Insight: The Caps gave Holtby an extended break after he allowed 18 goals in just 190 minutes (5.68 GAA) over a four-game span from Dec. 10 to Jan. 4.
Nicklas Backstrom, CCold1/17/2014 9:32:00 AM
Description: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom is tied for the team lead in points at 48, but for now he's on a line with Troy Brouwer and Eric Fehr and not "point machine" Alex Ovechkin.
Insight: Backstrom has 11 goals and 37 assists this season, but no points in his last three games. Coincidence? We think not.
Eric Fehr, RW1/9/2014 10:33:00 PM
Description: Capitals right wing Eric Fehr delivered two goals including the game-winner with 52 seconds left Thursday against Tampa Bay.
Insight: It was Fehr's first two-goal game in almost three years (March 9, 2011 against Edmonton). Fehr (eight goals, 11 assists in 34 contests) isn't a must-start by any means but he's somebody to keep an eye out for if you happen to see him on the waiver wire.
Braden Holtby, G1/4/2014 1:45:00 PM
Description: Washington netminder Braden Holtby will start Saturday for the first time since Dec. 21. He'll take on the Minnesota Wild.
Insight: Philip Grubauer started the last five games after Holtby put up a 4.92 GAA and an .863 SV% in his first five starts of December.
Alex Ovechkin, RW1/2/2014 9:56:00 PM
Description: Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin ended a four-game point drought with a goal Thursday against Carolina.
Insight: Coach Adam Oates moved Ovechkin to the second line Thursday as a motivational tactic after Ovechkin failed to post a single point while taking 31 SOG his previous four games. He took nine more shots Thursday and finally found the net on one of them. Ovechkin has attempted 5.59 SOG per game this season.
Brooks Laich, C12/30/2013 2:06:00 PM
Description: Washington Capitals winger Brooks Laich is questionable for Monday's game with Ottawa due to a groin injury.
Insight: Laich averaged 50.2 points from 2008-2011, but played just nine games last season and has managed just six points in 26 games this season. He's no longer the scorer he once was.
Philipp Grubauer, G12/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Description: Capitals goalie Philipp Grubauer will make his sixth start in the last 11 games Friday against the Rangers.
Insight: Grubauer has gone 4-1-1 with a 2.20 GAA and a .934 SV% in seven games since being recalled. Regular starter Braden Holtby has a 4.92 GAA in December and a 3.00 GAA this season.
Mikhail Grabovski, C12/23/2013 9:45:00 PM
Description: Capitals center Mikhail Grabovski scored a goal for the second straight game Monday.
Insight: The 29-year-old has 11 goals on just 46 shots this season, giving him 29 points in 35 games.
Alex Ovechkin, RWHot12/21/2013 9:51:00 PM
Description: Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin scored for the fourth straight game Saturday against the Devils.
Insight: Ovechkin has potted eight goals in his last six games and 30 goals in 34 games this season. He's on pace to top his career-high 65 goals, set in 2007-08.
Nicklas Backstrom, CHot12/20/2013 9:46:00 PM
Description: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom had four assists and five SOG Friday at Carolina.
Insight: Backstrom had a hand in every goal Washington scored and now has 14 points over his last five games.
Braden Holtby, G12/20/2013 1:36:00 PM
Description: Washington netminder Braden Holtby will sit on Friday as the Capitals try Philipp Grubauer again in net against Carolina
Insight: Grubauer (3-0-1, 2.06 GAA, 9.37 SV%) will make his third start in four games. If Holtby continues to struggle it looks like the Capitals aren't afraid to play the 22-year-old.