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Washington Capitals Player News: Last 24 hours, All Positions

News: Ovechkin generated a pair of goals -- including a power-play marker -- in Monday's 5-4 overtime road win over the Canadiens.
Impact: Ovechkin's 5-on-5 goal was a simple tip-in, but the man-advantage tally -- one that sent the game to overtime -- was an absolute cannon blast from the point. If the Great Eight continues this pace, he'll finish with 95 points over a full season, and that would be Ovi's highest total since his 109 combined goals and assists from the 2009-10 campaign.
News: Eller potted the game-winning goal in overtime Monday, with the Capitals eking out a 5-4 road win over the Canadiens. He also recorded two takeaways and hits apiece, three blocked shots and four penalty minutes.
Impact: The goal must have been extra sweet for Eller since it came against his old team. He's up to four goals and seven assists through 20 games while averaging a career-high 16:45 of ice time in his 10th NHL season.
News: Holtby saved all 22 shots in Monday's 5-4 relief win over host Montreal.
Impact: Holtby stepped in for Pheonix Copley after the rookie permitted three unanswered goals early in the second period. Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reported early Monday morning that Holtby would start against the Blackhawks on Wednesday, so it will be interesting to see if those plans will change since he was put to work for 41:59 in the latest contest.
News: Copley didn't factor into the decision Monday, as he was pulled in favor of Braden Holtby after yielding four goals on 22 shots in a 5-4 overtime road win over the Canadiens.
Impact: Capitals coach Todd Reirden pulled Copely after the traditional backup netminder surrendered three goals 1:25 into the second period, and that was after defenseman Mike Reilly beat him with a short-side wrister. This turned out to be an excellent decision by the bench boss, as Holtby saved all 18 shots that came his way and ended up winning in overtime.
News: Holtby will man the crease for Wednesday's home start against the Blackhawks, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.
Impact: Holtby has missed the last three games with an upper-body injury and will serve as the backup for Monday's road tilt against the Canadiens, but head coach Todd Reirden has confirmed he won't start until just before Thanksgiving. The 29-year-old should be reactivated for that favorable home matchup against Chicago.
News: Samsonov was reassigned to AHL Hershey on Monday.
Impact: Samsonov will likely only find his way back to the NHL this season if Braden Holtby or Pheonix Copley picks up another injury. The 21-year-old Russian figures to spend his time developing in the minors, where he is currently 3-5-0 with a disappointing .875 save percentage. Still, Samsonov -- who was drafted with the 22nd overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft -- is considered a long-term development prospect for the organization and could be worth stashing in deeper dynasty formats.
News: Siegenthaler was promoted from AHL Hershey on Monday.
Impact: With Braden Holtby (upper body) healthy, the Caps decided to add some defensive depth by recalling Siegenthaler and shipping Ilya Samsonov back down. The 21-year-old Siegenthaler is unlikely to crack the lineup any time soon (barring injury), but should at least benefit from practicing with the team on a daily basis.
News: Kuznetsov (upper body) will miss his second straight contest versus Montreal on Monday, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Impact: Kuznetsov is officially listed as having an upper-body issue, but there is some speculation he is dealing with a concussion, per Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post. If that is indeed that case, then it will be hard to determine when the center might be ready to return to the lineup. Prior to his injury, the Russian was bogged down in a six-game goal drought, but had managed to garner four helpers during that stretch.
News: Oshie (head) will not be in the lineup versus the Habs on Monday, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
Impact: While the team hasn't made any official announcement, if Oshie is in fact dealing with a concussion, it could be a significant absence given his history. It will be the second game on the sidelines for the winger, who figures to continue being replaced by Andre Burakovsky on the Caps' second line.
News: Holtby (upper body) will dress for Monday's matchup with Montreal, but will stay on the bench in favor of Pheonix Copley, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.
Impact: Given Holtby is healthy enough to serve as the relief netminder Monday, it's a pretty safe bet he will be in goal versus the Blackhawks on Wednesday, ending a four-game absence due to his upper-body issue. Prior to getting hurt, the 29-year-old was stuck in a rut with just one win in his previous six appearances, along with a 3.01 GAA.
News: Copley will be between the pipes for Monday's road clash with Montreal, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.
Impact: Copley will be making his fourth consecutive appearance in net while filling in for Braden Holtby (upper body), who will serve as the backup. With Holtby's return on the horizon, the 26-year-old Copley will return to his spot on the bench; however, his 4-2-1 record with a .908 save percentage prior to Monday's tilt could earn him some additional starts down the road.