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Ilya Samsonov only allowed one goal on 18 shots in a 3-1 win over Columbus.

Fantasy Impact: Fantasy managers will be happy to see Samsonov bounce back after allowing five goals in his last start. Although he faced little resistance tonight, he remains a top five goalie option.

Category: Game Recaps

John Carlson tallied his 18th assist of the season in a 3-1 win over Columbus. He also logged a +2 rating, two SOG, one hit, and two blocks.

Fantasy Impact: Carlson was a question mark coming into the game after taking a maintenance day yesterday. As long as he is healthy, he remains a must-start.

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Garnet Hathaway found the back of the net for the seventh time this season in a 3-1 Capitals win. He also logged four SOG and seven hits on the night.

Fantasy Impact: Hathaway remains a hits machine and should be rostered in leagues the reward categories.

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Alex Ovechkin scored his 20th goal of the season in a 3-1 win over the Blue Jackets. He finished with a +2 rating, two SOG, one hit, and one block in 22:38 of ice time.

Fantasy Impact: Ovechkin collected a point for the fourth time in his last five games. With 39 points on the season, he remains an elite must-start fantasy option.

Category: Game Recaps

T.J. Oshie activated off IR

Sat, Dec 4th 5:07pm EST
By Jesse Garcia

Per Samantha Pell on Twitter, the Capitals have activated T.J. Oshie off injured reserve.

Fantasy Impact: Oshie is expected to make his return tonight against the Blue Jackets.

Vitek Vanecek stopped 25 of 28 shots in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Blackhawks.

Fantasy Impact: Vanecek has had a rough go of it in his last two contests. He has suffered back to back losses with at least three goals allowed. Vanecek seems to clearly be behind Ilya Samsonov in Washington.

Category: Game Recaps

Evgeny Kuznetsov found the back of the net for the eighth time this season in a 4-3 shootout loss to the Blackhawks.

Fantasy Impact: Kuznetsov remains a must-start for fantasy managers. He is up to 28 points in 24 games this season and plays a key role in the Capitals offense.

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Nic Dowd has a two point night

Thu, Dec 2nd 10:00pm EST
By Jesse Garcia

Nic Dowd tallied his fourth assist and third goal of the season in a loss to Chicago. Dowd had two SOG and six hits in 15:20 of ice time.

Fantasy Impact: Dowd has been a productive member for the Capitals’ fourth line. However, with just seven points on the season, he currently is not a productive player for fantasy.

Category: Game Recaps

Nick Jensen records two points

Wed, Dec 1st 12:38pm EST
By Fox Wihlborg

Jensen scored a goal and an assist in Tuesday's thrilling loss to Florida.

Fantasy Impact: Jensen is on pace for his career best season in points. However he moves the needle more in fantasy formats for blocks, shots, hits and plus/minus.

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Tom Wilson grabs an assist

Tue, Nov 30th 10:02pm EST
By Jesse Garcia

Tom Wilson tallied his 15th assist of the season in the second period of a 5-4 loss to Florida.

Fantasy Impact: Wilson continues to produce at a point-per-game average for the Capitals. He should remain a starter in all fantasy lineups.

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Dmitry Orlov tallied two assists in the Capitals 5-4 loss to the Panthers.

Fantasy Impact: Orlov’s two assists tonight move him to 14 total points on the season. He has points in four out of his last five games and is a solid bench option.

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Connor McMichael tallied his fifth assist of the season in the Capitals win over Montreal.

Fantasy Impact: McMichael has seven points in 18 games this season. Although he is playing more than the Capitals expected, he is best left on the waiver wire right now.

Category: Game Recaps

Nicklas Backstrom skating again

Wed, Nov 24th 12:22pm EST
By Fox Wihlborg

Backstrom was in a non-contact jersey for Wednesday's skate with the team. (Source: John Walton on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: While there is no timetable for return, Backstrom is trending in the right direction to eventually making his 2021-22 debut.

Category: Injury Updates

Garrett Pilon scored his first career NHL goal in last night's 3-2 overtime loss to the Ducks.

Fantasy Impact: Pilon is currently filling in for Lars Eller who is in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol. While Pilon figures to be a factor over the Capitals next few games, he should remain on waivers.

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Martin Fehervary tallied two assists in a losing effort against the Anaheim Ducks. He finished with one SOG, two hits, and a + in the loss.

Fantasy Impact: Fehervary now has five points in 16 games this season. He has been a consistent defender for the Capitals, but is not currently consistent on the stat sheet. He is better left on the waiver wire for now.

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Per the Washington Capitals on Twitter, left wing Anthony Mantha has been placed on injured reserve after undergoing shoulder surgery. (Source: @Capitals)

Fantasy Impact: Mantha left last night’s game against the Florida Panthers and did not return. He now joins Nicklas Backstrom and T.J. Oshie on injured reserve. This could mean more minutes for the first line until these three can get healthy and return to fortify the second line.

Category: Injury Updates

Sprong scored early in the second period to get the Capitals on the board in their overtime loss.

Fantasy Impact: It was his second goal on the season. He is a +6 so far in his first season in Washington playing on the second line.

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Conor Sheary added a Power Play goal in the Capitals 2-3 loss to the Lightning on Tuesday night.

Fantasy Impact: The first goal of the season for Sheary contributes to his four points so far this year. Sheary does not belong on fantasy rosters yet with his current points output.

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Lars Eller scores huge goal

Wed, Mar 3rd 10:57pm EST
By Douglas Roth

Lars Eller scored the lone Capitals goal in their 2-1 shootout win over the Bruins on Wednesday. He was a plus one goal, four SOG and to hits in 16:18 of ice-time.

Fantasy Impact: Eller scored his fifth of the year and not many bigger than this one. He does not play on the power-play and does not warrant an add.

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Jakub Vrana registered two points in the Capitals 3-2 win over the Devils on Sunday. He was a plus 2 with one goal, one assist, two SOG and one hit in 12:07 of ice-time.

Fantasy Impact: Vrana is a borderline fantasy player. He has now scored in back-to-back games while seeing a decrease in ice-time.

Category: Game Recaps