News: Kuznetsov bagged his second goal of the season and added an assist in Friday's win over the Islanders.
Impact: A much needed two-point effort for Kuznetsov, who had been held off the scoresheet in his last nine games. While the 22-year-old has gushing fantasy potential, he is currently playing on the fourth line, averaging only 11:16 of ice time per game. While Kuznetsov is valuable in some deep leagues right now, he will need to play in the Caps' top-six to warrant a look in most formats.
News: Johansson's point streak sits at three games after he scored his ninth goal of the season and added an assist in Friday's win over the Islanders.
Impact: Aside from a recent four-game pointless drought, Johansson has been very consistent this season, delivering nine goals and 16 points in 22 games. The second-liner, who plays on the top power-play unit, could hit the 30-goal and 60-point mark for the first time in his career.
News: Niskanen picked up three assists in Friday's win over the Islanders.
Impact: Niskanen has heated up lately, tallying a goal and five points in his last three games. The 27-year-old now has 10 points (one goal) in 22 games this season, to go with a minus-2 rating. Niskanen has been very streaky this season, but considering he is playing alongside Alex Ovechkin on the top power-play unit, it's possible the former Penguin hits 40 points in his first campaign with Washington.
News: Holtby led the Capitals on to the ice for pregame warmups and will make the start in goal Friday against the Islanders.
Impact: Holtby was on the losing end of the matchup with the Islanders on Wednesday, stopping 32 shots but surrendering the winning goal in overtime. He should have a better chance at coming away with the victory Friday, as the Isles will start their backup goalie (Chad Johnson) and will be missing a key defenseman in Johnny Boychuk.
News: Green (upper body) will not play Friday against the Islanders, Alex Prewitt of the Washington Post reports.
Impact: Jack Hillen will spell him in the Capitals' lineup for the second straight game. It hasn't been reported that Green has resumed skating since suffering the injury, so it's not clear when he might rejoin the lineup.
News: Laich (shoulder) was activated from injured reserve Friday, NHL.com's Adam Vingan reports.
Impact: Laich has been battling the shoulder injury since mid-October, returning for one game in November before suffering a setback. It appears he's now finally past the injury, but the forward's checkered health history always makes him liable to miss time again. He'll presumably be good to go for Friday's game against the Islanders, though it's not immediately clear where he'll fit in.