Matt Niskanen Injury Update, Line Changes

The Capitals returned to practice on Wednesday morning, following a day off on Tuesday. One of the big questions surrounding the Capitals return is the health of Matt Niskanen. 

Niskanen skated with the team at practice Wednesday morning.  It looks like there is a strong possibility he will return to the lineup tomorrow night versus the Islanders.

Niskanen sustained a “lower body injury” at the end of the second period in Saturday night’s game against the Maple Leafs in Toronto. Niskanen would try to return at the start of the third period, gave it a go, but could go no further, missing the final 19 minutes of the game.

Niskanen did not skate Sunday or Monday, however CSN’s Tarik El-Bashir reported that Niskanen decided to test out the injury during a brief skate at the team’s practice facility Tuesday morning. He reported feeling encouraged afterward.

TJ Oshie also skated with the team again this morning, marking his second practice since sustaining an upper body injury on November 18th against the Red Wings.

Trotz has said not to expect Oshie this week. But Oshie seems to be doing more and more. He also took penalty-kill reps this morning.

Coach Trotz juggled the lines a bit for practice on Wednesday. Brett Connolly was moved into the top six. Justin Williams moved to the third line with Eller and Sanford. Ovechkin and Backstrom were reunited. The practice lines at Wednesdays morning skate:

by Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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