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Position
D
 
Jersey
2
Name  Matt Niskanen
Born  12/6/1986
Height  6-0
Weight  209
Shoots  R
4/13/2014 8:46:00 PM
Description: Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen will finish with a career-high 46 points (10 goals) in 81 games this season.
Insight: Pittsburgh gave Niskanen the night off Sunday in the regular season finale to rest up for the playoffs. He serve as Pittsburgh's No. 1 defenseman for most of the season with Kris Letang missing a lot of time due to a stroke.
 
3/18/2014 10:23:00 PM
Description: Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen had an assist Tuesday against Dallas, his former team, to hit the 40-point mark for the first time in his career.
Insight: Niskanen has taken over for Kris Letang (out due to a stroke since January) as the Penguins top fantasy blueliner. He has 10 goals, 30 assists, 130 SOG, 45 PIM and a +31 in 68 games.
 
Hot1/22/2014 1:11:00 PM
Description: Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen has six goals and 13 points in his last 14 games.
Insight: Niskanen has held down the fort while teammates Kris Letang, Paul Martin and Brooks Orpik have missed time due to injuries in the past six weeks. His +25 differential is tied for the NHL lead.
 
3/19/2013 10:13:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen had a goal and four SOG Tuesday against Washington.
Insight: Kris Letang missed Tuesday's game with a lower-body injury, giving Niskanen more playing time with Paul Martin on the team's top power-play line. Letang is no lock to play Friday against the Islanders.
 
2/13/2013 5:54:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen (ankle) has been activated from injured reserve.
Insight: Niskanen had three points in five games before suffering an ankle injury. He only offers fantasy value in deep leagues.
 
1/30/2013 6:11:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen will miss 2-4 weeks with a lower-body injury. SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Insight: Niskanen is believed to have a right ankle injury. The blueliner had one goal and three points in five games and was getting a lot of ice time with Kris Letang on one of Pittsburgh's two most-used defensive pairings. The Brooks Orpik-Paul Martin line stayed together Tuesday and Simon Despres stepped into Niskanen's spot next to Letang.
 
1/29/2013 10:53:00 AM
Description: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Matt Niskanen will miss Tuesday's game against the New York Islanders with a lower body injury.
Insight: Niskanen isn't a huge blueline scorer, but did put up 21 points (4 G, 17 A) last season and has a goal and two assist this season playing mostly alongside Kris Letang.
 
4/13/2012 2:20:00 PM
Description: Matt Niskanen is doubtful for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals Friday against Philadelphia with an upper body injury.
Insight: Niskanen isn't a huge blueline scorer, but did put up 21 points (4 G, 17 A) this season.
 
2/26/2011 1:33:00 PM
Description: Matt Niskanen will not be fined or suspended for his hit to Eric Staal during Friday's game. TSN
Insight: Staal is expected to miss Saturday's game against Montreal but hopes to be back next week.
 
2/22/2011 11:02:00 AM
Description: Niskanen went to the Penguins on Monday in the deal that also sent James Neal to Pittsburgh.
Insight: Niskanen sports just six assists and a minus-1 rating for the season. (RapidDraft.com)
 

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