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Matt Niskanen out for 'precautionary reasons' after taking dangerous hit

Matt Niskanen out for 'precautionary reasons' after taking dangerous hit

Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen left Wednesday's game in the first period after a dangerous hit from Patrice Bergeron and would not return.

Late in the first, Niskanen was drilled head-first into the boards by Bergeron. While it appeared that Niskanen skated into Bergeron's path, the hit was made more egregious as Bergeron extended his arms to follow through on the hit.

You can see the play in the video above.

Bergeron was issued a minor penalty on the play.

The Capitals first reported Niskanen was probable to return. Then at the start of the third period, he was declared out.

Caps radio play-by-play announcer John Walton reported Niskanen was being held out for "precautionary reasons."

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Maryland center, Damonte Dodd out for three games with left knee injury

Maryland center, Damonte Dodd out for three games with left knee injury

Damonte Dodd, starting center for Maryland, will miss the three games due to a left knee injury.

Prior the Terrapins' game against Howard, it was announced that Dodd will miss the game with a sprained medial collateral ligament. The injury occured at a team practice on Monday.

The 6'11" senior has started in six of the team's nine games averaging 5.9 ppg and 5.3 rpg. He is the team leader in blocks with 17. Starting in his place was junior, Michal Cekovsky, making his first start of the season. 

Dodd is to be reevaluated after the three games he will miss, which will be after Maryland's home game against Jacksonville State on Dec. 12.