Washington Capitals Player News: Last 24 hours, All Positions

News: Oshie picked up two assists in Wednesday's 6-3 loss to the Maple Leafs.
Impact: That's now three straight multi-point games and five in his last nine for Oshie, giving him four goals and 12 points over that stretch. As long as he stays on the Caps' top line with Alex Ovechin and Nicklas Backstrom in the second half, the veteran winger should remain a strong fantasy asset, although expecting him to maintain a point-a-game pace might be asking a little too much.
News: Backstrom scored a power-play goal and added an assist at even strength in Wednesday's 6-3 loss to the Maple Leafs.
Impact: While the Caps have now lost seven straight, Backstrom's actually been on a bit of a roll, scoring two goals and six points in his last five games. The 31-year-old is now one power-play point shy of 20 for the sixth consecutive season, and he's on a point-a-game pace with 51 points (13 goals, 38 helpers) through 49 contests heading into the All-Star break.
News: Holtby turned aside 31 of 36 shots in Wednesday's 6-3 loss to the Maple Leafs.
Impact: Toronto's final goal was scored into an empty net. Holtby's been awful lately, coughing up 16 goals in his last three outings, and he'll head into the All-Star break with a 3.11 GAA and .905 save percentage, the worsts marks of his NHL career.
News: Orpik will take a planned rest night Wednesday against the Maple Leafs, Mike Vogel of the Capitals' official site reports.
Impact: Fortunately, it appears Orpik has avoided setbacks related to his maintenance day Monday, but the veteran will get an extra day of rest heading into the All-Star break. He should rejoin the defensive pairings when the Capitals return to play Feb. 1 against the Flames.
News: Holtby will start in goal Wednesday evening, facing the Maple Leafs in Toronto.
Impact: Holtby and the Capitals came up short in a thrilling 7-6 overtime loss to the Sharks on Tuesday, so it may come as a surprise that he's getting a chance to complete the back-to-back set. "It's an important game right here, last chance before the break," said head coach Todd Reirden in a report by Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post. "We wanted to get our best guy in there again. I think it'll be a signal to our team that we're doing everything we can to win this hockey game." Next up is a team that reportedly will counter with its own No. 1 netminder in Frederik Andersen. Toronto ranks fifth in the league in scoring at 3.50 goals per game.