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Van Riemsdyk recorded an assist in Monday's 2-1 loss to the Sharks.
Van Riemsdyk has picked up three helpers and a plus-2 rating over four games since returning from a lower-body injury that sidelined him for four contests. The 32-year-old blueliner was listed on the third pairing but maintained top-four minutes with Martin Fehervary easing back into action. Van Riemsdyk is up to four helpers, 15 shots on net, 23 blocked shots and a plus-1 rating through 14 outings overall.
Fehervary notched an assist, two hits and two PIM in Monday's 2-1 loss to the Sharks.
Fehervary missed five games with a lower-body injury and was eased back into action with 15:08 of ice time Monday. He helped out on Evgeny Kuznetsov's second-period tally, which tied the game at 1-1. Fehervary is up to three helpers, 18 shots on net, 31 hits, 21 blocked shots, eight PIM and a plus-1 rating through 13 contests overall. He'll likely see his workload increase gradually as he gets back up to speed.
Kuznetsov scored a goal on two shots in Monday's 2-1 loss to the Sharks.
Kuznetsov was held off the scoresheet Friday in his return from a two-game absence due to an illness. He was able to get on the board Monday, but he was the only Capital to find the twine behind Mackenzie Blackwood in this contest. Kuznetsov is up to four goals, nine points, 41 shots on net and a minus-2 rating through 16 contests in a rather slow start to the campaign.
Kuemper stopped 21 of 23 shots in Monday's 2-1 loss to the Sharks.
Kuemper wasn't able to capitalize on a matchup with the only offense in the league weaker than the one he plays behind. The 33-year-old has allowed five goals on 50 shots over two games since returning from an undisclosed injury. He's now at a 4-4-2 record with a 2.95 GAA and an .894 save percentage through 10 contests. If Kuemper can't right the ship soon, Charlie Lindgren could carve out a larger share of the starts in goal. Both of them will likely start within the next two games, as the Capitals visit the Kings on Wednesday and the Ducks on Thursday in a back-to-back set.
Bailey notched a power-play assist in Monday's 2-1 win over the Capitals.
Bailey did solid work to set up Luke Kunin for the game-winning goal in the third period. In his Sharks debut, Bailey logged 11:39 of ice time while playing on the fourth line. The assist was his first NHL point since the 2018-19 campaign when he was with the Flyers. It's unclear how long the 28-year-old will stick around with the big club after signing an NHL deal Monday -- he began the year on an AHL-only contract with the Barracuda.
Okhotyuk notched an assist, two shots on goal, three hits, three blocked shots and two PIM in Monday's 2-1 win over the Capitals.
Okhotyuk was scratched Saturday versus the Canucks, but it appears to just be standard rest for the 22-year-old as he adjusts to the rigors of a full NHL campaign. He's logged four assists over his last five games, growing into a top-four role on the Sharks' blue line. Okhotyuk is up to five assists, 27 blocked shots, 20 hits, 16 PIM, nine shots on net and a minus-5 rating through a career-high 12 appearances.
Emberson notched a power-play assist and five hits in Monday's 2-1 win over the Capitals.
Emberson has a goal and an assist over his last two games after going seven contests without a point to begin November. The 23-year-old defenseman is still finding his footing in the NHL, and that hasn't often included power-play time. Overall, he's earned three points with 14 shots on net, 26 hits, 17 blocked shots and a minus-4 rating through 14 appearances.
Granlund recorded an assist and two shots on goal in Monday's 2-1 win over the Capitals.
Granlund has a goal and five helpers over his last seven contests, with three of his assists in that span coming on the power play. The 31-year-old led the Sharks' forwards with 21:38 of ice time in this game with Tomas Hertl (middle body) out. Granlund is up to seven points, 25 shots on net, 20 hits, six PIM and a minus-7 raitng through 15 appearances. He could maintain his recent productivity with a short-term boost in playing time given Hertl's injury, which is not expected to be serious.
Kunin scored a power-play goal on three shots in Monday's 2-1 win over the Capitals.
Kunin snapped his four-game point drought with his third-period tally, which was the game-winner. The 25-year-old got a turn as a top-six center with Tomas Hertl (middle body) out of the lineup. Kunin has done alright while floating around the lineup this year, racking up five goals, two assists, 40 shots on net, 27 hits, 18 blocked shots, 27 PIM and a minus-11 rating through 22 appearances. Two of his seven points have come with the man advantage.
Zetterlund scored a goal on six shots in Monday's 2-1 win over the Capitals.
Zetterlund has bounced back from a four-game slump to score in each of the last two contest. His tally Monday opened the scoring at 10:23 of the first period. Zetterlund is up to six goals, three assists, 51 shots on net, 23 hits, 23 blocked shots and a minus-14 rating through 22 appearances this season. While he's not exactly consistent on offense, he's done more than enough to maintain a top-six position.