News: Chimera tallied two assists, went plus-2 and gathered seven penalty minutes Tuesday in a win over Columbus.
Impact: A finely rounded fantasy performance from the veteran wing, who's managed a pair of two-assist efforts in his last four games, but otherwise hasn't found the scoresheet since Feb. 6 (and Jan. 14 before that). Even if hits play in your format, he's got marginal value in fantasy purposes; if they don't, he's bordering on useless.
News: Backstrom collected two assists -- one at even strength, the other on a power play -- on Alex Ovechkin goals Tuesday in a win over Columbus.
Impact: After uncharacteristically going three straight off the scoresheet, Backstrom's bounced back with three helpers and a plus-3 rating in his last two. He's still operating at better than a point-per-game pace on the year, and he'll eventually get around to finding the net again -- he's just short of his third career 20-goal season.
News: Holtby stopped 27 of 30 shots Tuesday in a 5-3 victory over Columbus.
Impact: Not his most impressive outing, but a win's a win, and Holtby continues to be a reliable netminding presence for fantasy owners and the Capitals alike. A tougher matchup is on the docket, though, as the Caps host Minnesota on Thursday.
News: Ovechkin scored a pair of goals on eight shots -- his second consecutive two-goal game -- in Tuesday's win over Columbus.
Impact: That's five points in the last two contests for Ovi, boosting his NHL-leading goal total to 43 and his point total to 67 in 65 games. To boot, he's lifted his rating to plus-12, and he's on pace to set a new career high in hits. This is shaping up to be his second consecutive 50-goal campaign and the sixth of his career.
News: Latta suffered an upper-body injury in the second period of Tuesday's game against the Blue Jackets and will not return, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Impact: Latta saw only six shifts on the night before exiting with the injury. The fourth-line center has no goals and five assists over his 42 games this season, so the injury should only impact those in the very deepest of leagues.
News: Laich will be a healthy scratch for Tuesday's game against the Blue Jackets, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Impact: It appears the recent acquisition of Curtis Glencross from the Flames will bump Laich from the lineup. The 31-year-old hasn't provided much offense from his third-line role this season, recording five goals and 14 points in 49 games.