News: Ovechkin netted two goals in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Rangers.
Impact: Ovechkin had actually gone three straight contests off the scoresheet -- one of his longest stretches of the season -- but he's now just one goal away from the sixth 50-goal season of his career. He holds a commanding nine goal lead on the next best in the league, and is back up to a point-per-game pace on the season.
News: Laich assisted on two goals in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Rangers.
Impact: Laich has been enduring a down season almost entirely across the board, but he's increased his production of late as he's now chipped in four assists in the team's last six contests. The 31-year-old's ice time has been consistently decreasing since February as his season average now hovers under 15 minutes per game, so even if he can get on the scoresheet more regularly it may not be enough to warrant attention in most formats.
News: Fehr dished out a pair of assists in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Rangers.
Impact: Fehr also finished with a plus-2 rating, improving his season total to plus-9. The pair of points pushed the 29-year-old past his 31-point output from last season though he's still seven back of his career-high 39 points from the 2009-10 season. Fehr has provided valuable contributions from a bottom six forward role, but that sort of production often doesn't translate to fantasy success.
News: Chimera tallied a pair of goals in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Rangers.
Impact: It was the first multi-goal contest of the season for Chimera as he ended a 20-game goalless streak dating back to Feb. 6. The 35-year-old was never an especially high point scorer, but he's produced just 18 points this year so his contributions tend to be more valuable to the Capitals than to potential fantasy owners.
News: Holtby saved 23 of 25 shots in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Rangers.
Impact: It was a nice bounce back performance for Holtby following being pulled in Saturday's loss after surrendering three first-period goals. The 25-year-old has been having a great season and has been particularly strong of late as Sunday's win was his fifth in his last seven outings. Holtby figures to get most, if not all, of the team's final six starts so fantasy owners should continue to roll him when he does.
News: Holtby will start between the pipes for Washington against the Rangers on Sunday, Alex Prewitt of The Washington Post reports.
Impact: Holtby was pulled early in Saturday's 4-3 loss to Nashville after allowing three goals in the first period, presumably so he would be fresh for Sunday's crucial showdown with the Rangers. Although the matchup is difficult, Holtby has been a strong performer this year and must be trusted to have a bounce-back game as the Capitals try to hold on to a playoff berth amid a late-season slide.
News: Peters entered Saturday's game against the Predators late in the third period, stopping 13 of 14 shots but ultimately taking the loss.
Impact: After starter Braden Holtby surrendered three goals in the game's first 15 minutes to put the Capitals in a large hole, Peters came on for what was just expected to be cleanup duties. Instead, he very narrowly missed out on picking up a point when the Capitals rallied for three goals over a 20-minute stretch. Unfortunately, Peters also yielded a goal to the Preds' Mike Ribeiro during that span, which would ultimately go down as the game winner. Peters might have been in line to get the nod Sunday against the Rangers, but that start now figures to go to Holtby after he was able to take off for most of Saturday's contest.