Matt Niskanen
POSITION: Defenseman
HEIGHT: 6' 0"
BIRTHDATE: 12/06/1986
AGE: 29
DRAFTED: DAL: 2005-28 overall
CAREER VS. ANA: 12 GP, 1-3-4, 2 PIM
HOME: 40 GP, 5-16-21, 8 PIM, -2
ROAD: 39 GP, 1-12-13, 44 PIM, -9
* Has points in five of his last nine games (1-5-6).
* Leads Dallas in defensemen scoring (7th on the team overall).
* Recorded two assists Mar. 30 at Phoenix for his fifth multiple-point game of the season.
* Has set a new career high in points this season (34).
* Recorded a career-high five-game assist streak Jan. 31-Feb. 8 (0-8-8) breaking his previous career-high assist and point streak of four games (Dec. 16-23, 1-4-5).
* Earned a career-high three assists on Feb. 6 vs. NYR with a +3 rating.
* Appeared in his 100th NHL game Dec. 2 @ Calgary.

MULTIPLE POINT GAMES (5): Dec. 20 @ OTT (1-1-2), Jan. 12 vs. DET (0-2-2), Feb. 5 @ COL (0-2-2), Feb. 6 vs. NYR (0-3-3), Mar. 30 @ PHX (0-2-2).
Matt Niskanen enters his fourth NHL season, all with Dallas…Played on the 2008 Western Conference YoungStars team on Jan. 26 at the NHL All-Star Weekend in Atlanta…Ranked first among NHL rookie defensemen in plus/minus (+22) in 2007-08…Led all Dallas defensemen in scoring (6-29-35) and ranked seventh overall in 2008-09…Dressed in over 73 games in each of the past three seasons…Skated in 232 NHL games, collecting 16 goals and 60 assists…Has appeared in 16 playoff games for Dallas, recording three assists...Was Dallas’ first-round selection (28th overall) at the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

A solid athlete, also captained his high school football and baseball teams… A fan of the Minnesota Twins (big fan of Kent Hrbek growing up)… Lists Dumb and Dumber as his favorite movie… Brooks and Dunn are his favorite musical artist… Likes to hunt and fish…Looked up to Mario Lemieux as a young hockey player… His first job was as a youth hockey referee… Lists St. Paul as his favorite NHL city… Says shore lunch walleye is his favorite meal… His most memorable moments in hockey were making the Minnesota State Hockey Tournament and also his first NHL game.