Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen and forward Andre Burakovsky are both expected to be back in the lineup tomorrow to face the St.Louis Blues, as reported on Twitter by hockey insider Isabelle Khurshudyan earlier today. Niskanen missed the last game with an undisclosed upper-body injury, and Burakovsky was a healthy scratch for the last two games.
Drafted 28th overall by the Dallas Stars in 2005, Niskanen played 760 games in the NHL with the Capitals, the Stars and the Pittsburgh Penguins, registering 280 points. He added 29 points in 94 playoff games. He joined Washington as a free agent in 2014. Before his injury, the 31-year old defenseman had 11 points in 27 games played.
Burakovsky, 22, was drafted 23rd overall by Washington in 2013. He played 215 games in the NHL so far, registering 103 points, and added 10 points in 36 playoff games. In 19 games played this season, he has three goals and five assists for eight total points.
The Capitals are currently first in the Metropolitan division with a record of 25-13-3. The Blues are second in the Central division with a record of 26-16-2. Braden Holtby will get the start for Washington, and he will be facing Carter Hutton.