WASHINGTON — The National Hockey League announced today that five players from the Los Angeles Kings, Arizona Coyotes, Nashville Predators, St. Louis Blues and Vancouver Canucks will play on the holiday weekend, including former Washington Capitals forward Matt Niskanen.
Niskananen, a former second-round pick by the Capitals in the 2016 NHL Draft, will be a part of a special night at Verizon Center, with the Capitals hosting the Nashville Predators.
Nakano will be playing on the same night as the Washington Capitals at the Wells Fargo Center, a nationally televised game featuring the defending Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks and the defending Presidents Cup champions Chicago Blackhawks.
Niskam is one of four NHL players who will be on the NHL’s National Holiday weekend, joining forward Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, who is on the National Hockey Association’s All-Star Weekend.
The other players participating in the special evening are goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, defenseman Aaron Ekblad, defenseman Matt Nissen, goaltender Jhonas Enroth, and forward Travis Zajac.
Players who do not play on National Hockey Holiday weekend include center Ryan Getzlaf, defenseman Corey Perry, defenseman Jakub Voracek, defenseman Nikita Nesterov, forward Chris Kunitz, forward Max Pacioretty, defenseman Erik Karlsson, defenseman Drew Doughty, forward Nicklas Backstrom, and goaltender Jonas Hiller.
Tickets for the NHL All-Stars Game, the NHL World Championship and the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs are on sale now at www.nhl.com/events.