Sat. Oct 25, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Holtby will start between the pipes Saturday against the Flames, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Impact: Holtby is 2-1-1 on the season, but also got pulled after allowing three goals on seven shots on October 14 against the Sharks. He'll look to get on track Saturday after losing his last outing against the Oilers.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | STATS
News: Green scored his third goal in Wednesday's loss at Edmonton.
Impact: Green has three goals and three assists through five games and is a plus-four.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | STATS
News: Backstrom recorded his fifth assist in Wednesday's loss at Edmonton.
Impact: Three of Backstrom's five assists have come on the power play.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Green found the back of the net in Wednesday's loss to the Oilers.
Impact: Green has looked like the high-scoring blueliner of yore in the early stages of the season, as he's already posted three goals and three assists over five games. Injuries are a perpetual concern for the blueliner, but when he's healthy, few defensemen in the league offer as much offensive upside.
Thu. Oct 23, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Holtby managed to stop just 17 of 20 shots in a loss to the Oilers on Wednesday.
Impact: Holtby was underwhelming against an Oilers team that had just one win heading into the game. He now owns a 2-1-1 record to go with a 2.13 GAA and .917 save percentage, and should continue continue to get the bulk of the starts ahead of backup Justin Peters for head coach Barry Trotz.
News: Erskien (upper body) was placed on injured reserve Wednesday, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Impact: The Capitals ruled Erskine out of the entirety of their three-game road trip to western Canada earlier this week, so the IR move will allow the team to add another defenseman from the minors for depth purposes, if they choose to do so. Erskine had been a healthy scratch for the Capitals in every game even before succumbing to the injury.
News: Coach Barry Trotz acknowledged Tuesday that Wilson (ankle) could return to the Washington lineup Oct. 29 against the Red Wings, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Impact: Wilson, who was sent out on a rehab assignment at AHL Hershey on Monday, will play in two minor league games over the weekend, logging top-six minutes in each tilt. If his ankle holds up fine, Wilson will rejoin the Capitals for practice on Monday, when the team returns from its three-game road trip through western Canada. Trotz will then have to decide if he wants to slot Wilson back into his bottom-six, most likely at the expense of Liam O'Brien or Chris Brown.
Wed. Oct 22, 2014 | STATS
News: Erskine underwent neck surgery Wednesday.
Impact: The Caps have not officially announced a timetable for his return though the injury sounds painful.
News: Erskine, who was placed on injured reserve earlier Wednesday, underwent surgery to repair a disk in his neck.
Impact: The procedure will require Erskine to begin a rehab program within the next few weeks, suggesting that he's not close to returning to action anytime soon. He could be a candidate for long-term injured reserve if his recovery ends up stretching into the second half of the season.
News: Holtby will start Wednesday against the Oilers.
Impact: Holtby has had a nice start to the season, posting a 2-0-1 record and a .932 save percentage in four games, despite getting pulled in Washington's game against the Sharks last week. Holtby is the clear starter over Jason Peters and unless he gets injured or struggles during the season, he should remain between the pipes for the Capitals nearly every night.
Tue. Oct 21, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Erskine has an upper-body injury and will not join the Capitals for their three-game road trip beginning Wednesday.
Impact: Erskine has been a healthy scratch all season for the Capitals, so it seems likely that he sustained the injury at some point during a recent practice. Since he hasn't been playing regularly for the Capitals anyway, his unavailability for the road trip shouldn't have an impact on coach Barry Trotz's lineup decisions.
News: The Capitals reassigned Wilson (ankle) to AHL Hershey on Monday.
Impact: Wilson has been on IR with an ankle injury, and will likely use the stint in Hershey to get back up to speed. Expect him to be called back up to the big club when he's healthy.
Mon. Oct 20, 2014 | STATS
News: Laich is on injured reserve with a shoulder injury.
Impact: He'll miss Washington's three-game Canadian road trip, but coach Barry Trotz said the injury isn't a serious one.
News: Beagle (upper body) will be activated from IR prior to Wednesday's game against the Oilers, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Impact: Beagle will take the place of the injured Brooks Laich (upper body), who will make the move to IR for at least the next week. Beagle is expected to skate on the second line alongside Marcus Johansson and Andre Burakovsky.
News: Laich (upper body) will be placed on IR, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Impact: Laich will not travel with the Caps on their upcoming three-game road trip to western Canada, but is expected to return for their first game back home, Oct. 29 against the Red Wings. Jay Beagle (upper body) will be activated from IR to take Laich's spot in the lineup.
News: Laich (upper body) did not practice Monday, Mike Vogel of the team's official site reports.
Impact: Laich was injured during Saturday's game and hasn't fully recovered yet. He's been plagued by injuries much of the last two seasons, so it's not a good sign that he only made it five games into 2014-15 before getting banged up. There's no word on the severity of the center's injury at this point, but it's probably safe to consider him day-to-day until more information is released.
News: Beagle (upper body) was a full participant in Monday's practice, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Impact: The winger has yet to make his season debut due to an upper body, but should be back in the lineup this week after participating fully in Monday's practice. He'll still need to be activated off IR in the coming days before he can return, so watch out for a roster move in the near future.
Jason Chimera - #25 - Left Wing - 6'3" - 213lbs
News: Chimera got the only Washington goal through overtime Saturday night in a game the Capitals ultimately won 2-1 in a shootout.
Impact: It was Chimera's first point of the season; it came in his fifth game of the year. At 35, he's slowing down, but there is always a chance he might deliver depth fantasy scoring in matchup situations.
News: Peters picked up a win Saturday night with 20 saves through overtime in a 2-1 shootout victory over Florida.
Impact: It was a duel of backups, but that's just fine -- a win is a win. He also stood tall in the shootout, allowing just one goal. It's his first win of the season and leaves him 1-0-1 on the year.
News: Laich exited Saturday's game in the third period with what head coach Barry Trotz is calling an upper-body injury, Adam Vingan of NBC4 Washington reports.
Impact: Laich didn't return to the game and his status for the Capitals' upcoming road trip is uncertain at this time. He has missed much of the last two seasons with a nagging groin injury, so the Capitals will hope this injury is nothing significant. Laich has one assist and five shots in five games this season.
News: Capitals head coach Barry Trotz indicated there was an "outside chance" that Wilson (ankle) would return to action during the team's upcoming three-game road trip in Western Canada, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports.
Impact: Wilson (ankle) has yet to play this season as he rehabs from surgery to repair a broken leg sustained during the offseason. Although Wilson might "catch the tail end" of the trip, he is also just as likely to be sent to AHL Hershey for a conditioning assignment, so he's still a risk to add in single-season leagues at this time, although the time for his season debut appears to be drawing closer.
News: Peters will be in the crease Saturday against the Panthers, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Impact: It will more than likely be a battle of the backups, as the Panthers are expected to counter in goal with their No. 2 netminder, Al Montoya. Peters made his first appearance of the season earlier in the week in relief of Braden Holtby, ultimately taking the shootout loss to the Sharks after allowing two goals on 16 shots.
News: Backstrom scored his first goal of the season in Thursday's victory over New Jersey.
Impact: Backstrom's goal pushed his point total to five through four games. His four assists are tied with John Carlson for the team lead.
News: Burakovsky continued the impressive start to his career Thursday with his second goal of the season in a win against the Devils.
Impact: The 2013 first-round pick has two goals and three assists through his first four NHL games.
News: Brouwer recorded two assists in Thursday's win over the Devils.
Impact: Brouwer has a goal and three assists through his first four contests.
News: Green was credited with his second and third assists of the season in Thursday's win versus New Jersey.
Impact: Green has two goals and three assists in his first three games.
News: Ovechkin scored his fifth goal of the season in Thursday's win over New Jersey.
Impact: Ovechkin is off to a fast start with five goals on 24 shots. He also continues to be one of the most physical scoring threats in the NHL with 16 hits delivered.
Joel Ward - #42 - Right Wing - 6'1" - 226lbs
News: Ward scored his second goal of the season in Thursday's 6-2 win over the Devils.
Impact: Ward's unassisted marker with 17:35 remaining in the third period resulted in the Devils removing goalie Cory Schneider from the game. The winger is off to a respectable start to the 2014-15 campaign, but don't expect him to repeat last season's 24-goal, 49-point performance, which was aided heavily by an unsustainable 18 percent shooting rate.
Evgeny Kuznetsov - #92 - Center - 6'0" - 172lbs
News: Kuznetsov picked up an assist late in Washington's 6-2 win over visiting New Jersey on Thursday.
Impact: The assist gives Kuznetsov a three-game point streak, which is uncommon for fourth-line players in the NHL. Kuznetsov figured to battle rookie Andre Burakovsky for the second-line center position throughout the season, but with the Swede having the inside track at the moment, Kuznetsov has been honing his craft as the team's fourth-line center, and it's his presence on the team's second power play unit that is the source of most of his production. The 22-year-old Chelyabinsk native has world class talent, so it's only a matter of time before his role expands. He's a decent buy-low candidate at the moment.
Marcus Johansson - #90 - Center - 6'1" - 205lbs
News: Johansson scored the game-winning goal in Washington's 6-2 effort over visiting New Jersey.
Impact: It was Johansson's second goal of the season and his second in consecutive games. Head coach Barry Trotz urged Johansson to shoot the puck more this season, and the former 24th overall pick in 2009 has heeded the new coach's message. Though he's not playing on the top line this season as he was last year, he seems to be forming good chemistry with rookie center Andre Burakovsky on the team's second unit and is getting work with the first power-play unit with the aforementioned Ovechkin and Backstrom. While he's playing well, Johansson may be worth a look in deeper leagues at this point.
News: Burakovsky tallied a goal in Thursday's victory over the Devils.
Impact: With two goals and three assists in his first four NHL contests, Burakovsky has performed better than the Capitals could have possibly hoped. He probably won't continue to produce at a point-per-game clip the rest of the way, but his equally impressive preseason and credentials as a former first-round pick suggest the 19-year-old may not be in line for a steep reduction in his scoring.
Chris Brown - #67 - Center - 6'2" - 215lbs
News: Brown, making his second appearance in the lineup this year, scored his first goal of the year Thursday against the Devils. He also picked up two PIM and went plus-1.
Impact: Brown only played 10:46 in his fourth-line role, so don't expect much more from him, as he hasn't shown huge upside at either the AHL or NHL level over the last couple years.
News: Backstrom scored his first goal of the year in Thursday's 6-2 win over New Jersey.
Impact: The Swedish centerman had picked up four assists over the season's first three games, but now he's joined the goal-scoring party too. It's quite reasonable to expect Backstrom to hover around a point per game this season, as he has throughout his career -- he's got 499 points in 499 NHL games.
News: Brouwer picked up a pair of assists in Thursday's 6-2 triumph over the Devils.
Impact: He assisted on goals by new linemates Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, and he could provide a nice boost for fantasy purposes as long as he's able to hold that position. He's got four points in as many games to start the year.
Brooks Orpik - #44 - Defense - 6'2" - 219lbs
News: Orpik notched two assists Thursday in a win over the Devils -- his first points in a Capitals sweater.
Impact: After spending the entirety of his career with the rival Penguins, Orpik brought his gritty, stay-at-home defensive style to Washington in the offseason. He won't rack up too many points, though, so he's best utilized in leagues that count hits and blocked shots.
Matt Niskanen - #2 - Defense - 6'0" - 209lbs
News: Niskanen picked up his first points of the year Thursday against the Devils, notching a pair of assists.
Impact: After a career year of 10 goals and 46 points for the rival Penguins last year, Niskanen signed with Washington and delivered a quiet first three games, so it's good to see him get in on the action a little more.
News: Green picked up a pair of assists in Thursday's win over the Devils.
Impact: Though he's already missed a game to injury, Green's been terrifically productive when on the ice, having racked up five points and a plus-3 rating through three games. The sledding's been tough for the injury-prone blueliner over the last few years, but it's clear that his skills haven't faded -- at least, when he's healthy.
News: Holtby turned away 26 of 28 shots in Thursday's victory over the Devils.
Impact: After an awful game against the Sharks on Tuesday, when Holtby gave up three goals on seven shots before being yanked, it's nice for him to bounce back with another strong performance. Even with that rough outing, he's only given up six goals so far this year.
News: Beagle (upper body) could return to action Saturday, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Impact: Beagle will miss at least one more game Thursday night, but he could be activated from injured reserve before the game that follows. If Beagle does not play Saturday, he should be able to sometime next week, as head coach Barry Trotz expects him to play sometime during the Capitals' upcoming road trip that begins next Wednesday.
News: Holtby will be in goal for Thursday's game against the Devils.
Impact: Holtby will look to get back on track after being pulled in the first period of Tuesday's start. He will take on a Devils squad that sits at 3-0-0 and has scored 13 times through three games.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Backstrom notched a pair of assists in Tuesday's 6-5 shootout loss to San Jose.
Impact: Backstrom has two assists in each of the last two games.
Wed. Oct 15, 2014 | STATS
News: Ovechkin had two goals and an assist in Tuesday's 6-5 shootout loss to San Jose.
Impact: Fantasy owners couldn't have asked for a better start for Ovechkin, who has two goals in each of the last two games.
News: Brouwer skated on the team's top line with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom during Wednesday's practice, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports.
Impact: The move comes after Washington's 6-5 shootout loss to San Jose on Tuesday night, so it's reasonable to expect the lines to be shuffled after such a game. However, given that Brouwer's face-off prowess is crucial to the productivity of the second line, it's hard to see him being separated from Marcus Johansson and Andre Burakovsky for very long given that neither player is adept at handling faceoffs. In any case, Brouwer's blend of goal-scoring and physical play makes him a worthwhile winger in all formats, and this move should do nothing to decrease his value.
Eric Fehr - #16 - Right Wing - 6'4" - 212lbs
News: Fehr centered a line with Jason Chimera and Joel Ward during Wednesday's practice, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports.
Impact: Fehr had been playing on the top line alongside Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, sporting an assist and five shots in three games. But in the wake of Tuesday's 6-5 shootout loss to San Jose, head coach Barry Trotz is trying new lines at practice today. Fehr spent much of last season centering Chimera and Ward on what was, on some nights, Washington's best line, so it shouldn't be a difficult transition for Fehr. However, his fantasy value takes a significant hit not playing with Ovechkin and Backstrom.
News: Burakovsky had an assist in Washington's 6-5 shootout loss to San Jose on Tuesday.
Impact: Burakovsky is off to a hot start, especially for a player thought to begin the year in AHL Hershey. Though assignment to the minors still remains a possibility, the 19-year-old Swede is making his case to stick at the NHL level. Consistency and faceoff troubles could pose a problem for Burakovsky in the future, as could a challenge by Evgeny Kuznetsov for the Capitals' second-line center job. But for now, the former Eerie Otter is looking the part of an NHL regular.
News: Brouwer's goal with less than five minutes remaining in the third period sent Tuesday's game against the Sharks into overtime.
Impact: The Sharks would ultimately prevail in the shootout, but Brouwer's heroics briefly delighted a packed Verizon Center crowd that likely thought the game's outcome had already been decided when the Sharks raced to a two-goal lead earlier in the period. With two points in three games, Brouwer looks set to reprise his role as a reliable secondary scorer for the Capitals. He's mostly of interest to those in mid-sized or deeper formats, particularly those in which penalty minutes and hit totals are counted.
Marcus Johansson - #90 - Center - 6'1" - 205lbs
News: Johansson finished with three shot attempts and his first goal of the season in Tuesday's loss to the Sharks.
Impact: Johansson was one of the three Capitals to find the net during a four-and-a-half minute stretch of the second period. The 24-year-old was pushed out to left wing in training camp after coach Barry Trotz settled on Andre Burakovsky as his second-line center, but Johansson's output doesn't figure to diminish significantly with the transition.
John Carlson - #74 - Defense - 6'3" - 212lbs
News: Carlson dished out two assists but finished with a minus-4 rating in Tuesday's shootout loss to the Sharks.
Impact: Carlson has now delivered back-to-back two-assist games for the Capitals, doing well to build off the second-half surge he set in motion last season. Carlson's plus/minus rating shouldn't normally see the wide fluctuation it noticed Tuesday, making him a fairly dependable fantasy option overall from the blue line.
News: Green notched a goal, an assist, and attempted three shots in Tuesday's 6-5 shootout loss to San Jose.
Impact: The former Norris Trophy candidate is off to a solid start to the season despite playing slightly reduced minutes after the arrival of Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik in free agency this summer. Given his inconsistency, and perhaps more importantly his injury history, Green is a boom or bust type of fantasy defenseman. As long as he's healthy and getting power-play time with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, he's worth playing every night.
News: Backstrom recorded two assists in Tuesday's 6-5 shootout loss to San Jose.
Impact: Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin are clicking right off the bat, and with four assists in the first three games, Backstrom looks like he will be a solid pivot in all fantasy formats once again. Depending on where he was drafted, Backstrom's owners may have a steal on their hands this season.
News: Ovechkin had two goals, an assist, and eight shots in Washington's 6-5 shootout loss to San Jose.
Impact: The reigning Rocket Richard Trophy winner is picking up where he left off last season, racking up four goals in his first three games of 2014-15. Tied for third in the league in goals and fourth in the league for shots, Ovechkin is a multi-category monster that looks to be in line for another great fantasy season.
News: Peters came into Tuesday's game against the Sharks during the first period and allowed two goals on 16 shots in the 6-5 shootout loss.
Impact: Braden Holtby was pulled less than 10 minutes into the first period with the Caps already down 3-0, so Peters at least kept them in the game well enough for the offense to send the game to overtime and at least pick up a point. It was his season debut, as Holtby's drawn the first three starts this year. It wouldn't be surprising if the Caps were to go right back to Holtby on Thursday against the Devils.
News: Holtby was pulled in the first period Tuesday against the Sharks after yielding three goals on seven shots.
Impact: Holtby had been excellent in his first two outings, as he came into the night sporting a 0.48 GAA and .981 save percentage. He'll look to write off Tuesday's poor showing as an aberration, and turn his focus to getting back on track when the Capitals play New Jersey on Thursday.
News: Holtby will be the starting goaltender in Tuesday's game against the Sharks.
Impact: Holtby has been stellar to start the season, giving up just on goal in 125:00 TOI. He will be tested Tuesday by a Sharks team that won its first two games of the season by a combined score of 7-0.
News: Holtby will likely start Tuesday's game against San Jose, the Washington Post reports.
Impact: A night off may be coming in the near future, however, as the Caps want to ensure that Justin Peters doesn't sit on the bench too long between starts. Peters may get a look Thursday against the Devils or Saturday against the Panthers before the Caps embark on a road trip. Holtby has allowed just one goal in his first two starts this season.
Mon. Oct 13, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Beagle (upper body) is expected to return sometime this week, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Impact: The Caps play at home Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday against the Sharks, Devils, and Panthers, and Beagle is aiming for one of those games to return to the lineup. Beagle will serve as a depth center upon his return.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Holtby stopped 29 shots in a 4-0 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.
Impact: Holtby stopped eight shots in the initial 8 1/2 minutes en route to his 12th career shutout, sending Boston to its second straight loss after a season-opening victory.
Sun. Oct 12, 2014 | STATS
News: Ovechkin scored his first two goals of the season in a 4-0 victory over the Boston Bruins on Saturday night.
Impact: Ovechkin needs no introductions to fantasy players. Bear in mind that new coach Barry Trotz wants the star to play more defense so that could curtail his fantasy production.
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Green (upper body) notched a goal in his return to the ice Saturday against the Bruins.
Impact: The puck-moving blueliner vaulted the Capitals to a 3-0 lead on a one-timer past goalie Tuukka Rask, while the team was riding the man-advantage. The upper-body injury sidelined Green for only one game, but health is an annual concern for the 29-year-old. He should still rank among the better fantasy producers at his position on a per-game basis.
John Carlson - #74 - Defense - 6'3" - 212lbs
Oct 12, 2014 | RotoWire
News: Carlson tallied two assists in Saturday's 4-0 win over the Bruins.
Impact: Power-play stalwart Alex Ovechkin finished off Carlson's pass from the point for the game's first goal, while Carlson also received credit for a secondary helper on Joel Ward's third-period tally that put the finishing touches on the shutout victory. Carlson has played superbly since joining Team USA for the Olympics in Sochi last February, and at age 24, could be primed for a career season.
News: Burakovsky's hot start continued Saturday with two assists in a 4-0 win over Boston.
Impact: Two games, three points. Get him onto your dynasty roster. And fast -- he looks like the hype is real.
News: Ovechkin scored his first two goals of the season in Saturday's 4-0 win over Boston.
Impact: The first came on a patented Ovie one-timer from the left circle while on the power play; the second was a blistering snipe off a nice feed from Nicklas Backstrom. He also laid three hits and fired seven shots. He delivers a classic goals/hits/shots trifecta every season and this one should be no different.
News: Holtby stopped all 29 shots he faced Saturday in a 4-0 win over the Bruins. He earned the game's first star for his efforts.
Impact: He was really busy in the first 8 1/2 minutes, facing eight shots and a couple saves were particularly sparkling on excellent chances in tight. The shutout was the 12th of his career.
News: Holtby will be in the crease Saturday against the Bruins, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Impact: Holtby was stellar for much of the preseason and performed admirably in Thursday's opener against the Canadiens, stopping 23 of 24 shots before falling in a shootout. It may be tough for Holtby to come away with his first win of the season with the Bruins starting the incomparable Tuukka Rask in the opposing goal, but the improved netminder should at least give the Caps a fighting chance at staying competitive on the road.
News: Green (upper body) was on the ice for morning skate and appears set to return to make his season debut Saturday vs. the Bruins, Alan May of CSN Washington reports.
Impact: Though Green was generally expected to play in Thursday's opener, his upper-body injury proved more problematic than initially thought, resulting in his being scratched. It appears he's since made progress in the last two days, which should allow him to slot back in on the team's third pairing next to Nate Schmidt. Green is expected to take a back seat in ice time this season following the July additions of Matt Niskanen and Brooks Orpik in free agency, but he should still offer above-average offense from the blue line when healthy.
Fri. Oct 10, 2014 | STATS
News: Burakovsky became the first Capitals player Thursday to score his first goal in his NHL debut since Alex Ovechkin on Oct. 5, 2005.
Impact: Though not a fantasy option right now, Burakovsky is worth keeping an eye on.
Thu. Oct 9, 2014 | STATS
News: Green has an upper-body injury for the Caps.
Impact: Green is out for the season opener.
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Wilson has been shipped to the minors.
Impact: Wilson broke his ankle over the summer and is still recovering.
Aaron Volpatti - #17 - Left Wing - 6'0" - 215lbs
Wed. Oct 8, 2014 | STATS
News: Volpatti will be out until at least the beginning of November.
Impact: Volpatti underwent offseason neck surgery.
Tue. Oct 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Beagle isn't expected to start the season due to an upper body injury.
Impact: He suffered the injury during the preseason and isn't a viable fantasy option at this point.
Dmitry Orlov - #9 - Defense - 6'0" - 210lbs
Tue. Oct 7, 2014 | STATS
News: Orlov will start the season on injured reserve.
Impact: Orlov is battling a wrist injury.