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Nicklas Backstrom | Center

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (27) / 11/23/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 208
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Nicklas Backstrom may be facing a rehab of five months after having hip surgery, according to a report from a Swedish newspaper.
He underwent arthroscopic surgery less than three weeks ago. "I have been in pain since November sometime so we had to correct it," Backstrom told Gefle Dagblad. "It is difficult to say how long it will take to get back, it's a little different from individual to individual, but five months is something I heard. Right now I'm working mainly with getting up movement in the hip again." The Capitals initially said that Backstrom would probably be ready for training camp. Jun 15 - 2:36 PM

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Nicklas Backstrom had arthroscopic hip surgery on Wednesday afternoon.

"Based on the nature of this procedure we are confident that Nick will be completely healthy prior to the start of the 2015-16 regular season," said a statement by the Washington Capitals. He suited up in all 82 games during the regular season for the fifth time in his career and he has played six years without missing a game. Backstrom didn't reveal an injury after the Capitals were eliminated from the playoffs and an exact timetable for his recovery could be announced after he begins rehabilitating his hip several weeks from now.
May 28 - 11:53 AM

Nicklas Backstrom earned an assist on Washington's only goal in Wednesday's Game 7 overtime loss to the New York Rangers.

He had the secondary helper on Alex Ovechkin's fifth goal of the postseason. Backstrom didn't have a point in his previous five playoff games and he had one assist in his past nine contests. Backstrom went cold offensively after he started with three goals and three assists in the first four matches.
May 14 - 10:33 AM

Nicklas Backstrom led the NHL playoffs in Round 1 with 151 faceoffs taken.

He won 58.9 percent of them after finishing the regular season with a 53.6 percent efficiency rating. "It's such an important part of hockey these days," said Backstrom. "You can make plays off faceoffs and you've got to be good. Now we're going to face a really good team in the circle. You've got to be ready at the dots. It's going to be important in this series." The Capitals won a league-leading 56 percent of their draws in the quarterfinal round. Backstrom had six points in seven games against the New York Islanders, but he didn't pick up a point after Game 4.
Apr 30 - 4:42 PM

Nicklas Backstrom lifted the Capitals to a 2-1 overtime victory against the Islanders Tuesday by netting the winning goal midway through the extra frame.

Backstrom registered a goal and an assist in the pivotal Game Four effort, as did his linemate Alex Ovechkin. The clutch performance evens the series at 2-2 with Game Five scheduled for Thursday night.
Apr 21 - 11:15 PM

Nicklas Backstrom scored a goal in Washington's 2-1 overtime loss to the Islanders.

Islanders forward Kyle Okposo opened the scoring the first goal of the game in the second period, but Backstrom tied the game at the 13:54 mark of the third period. The game went to overtime and John Tavares ended the game just 15 seconds into the extra frame. Backstrom has been very good in the post-season so far, but the Caps still find themselves down 2-1 heading into game four on Tuesday night. The 27-yearold now has two goals and four points in his first three playoff games in 2015.
Apr 19 - 3:40 PM

Nicklas Backstrom found himself back on the first line in practice Saturday.

Backstrom replaced Evgeni Kuznetsov between Alex Ovechkin and Joel Ward while Kuznetsov moved down to the second unit between Marcus Johansson and Troy Brouwer. Just an FYI as Backstrom is coming off a three point effort in Game 2.
Apr 19 - 9:24 AM

Nicklas Backstrom had one goal and two assists in Washington's 4-3 game two win over the New York Islanders.

The Capitals found themselves down 2-0 and 3-1 in the game, but they managed to claw their way back into the series with a big win on home ice. Backstrom picked up assists on second period goals by Karl Alzner and Alex Ovechkin. He scored the game-tying goal at the 3:44 mark of the third period before Jason Chimera completed the comeback later on in the final frame. The series now heads to Long Island tied 1-1. Game three will be played at 12:00 PM EST on Sunday afternoon.
Apr 17 - 9:52 PM

Nicklas Backstrom picked up two more assists in the Washington Capitals' 3-0 shutout of the visiting Boston Bruins Wednesday night.

That's 59 assists on the season for the crafty center. He has 77 points altogether. Troy Brouwer also produced two assists Wednesday to give him 22 for the season. Marcus Johansson had one assist, his 27th of the season, and a goal, his 20th of the season. Also notching goals for the Caps were John Carlson (12th) and Matt Niskanen (fourth). Washington outscored Boston 9-0 in the teams' three games this season. The Capitals have already clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but they are still playing for second place in the Metropolitan Division and home-ice advantage in the Eastern Conference First Round. Washington has 101 points, three more than the New York Islanders, who are in third place.
Apr 8 - 10:45 PM

Nicklas Backstrom collected two more helpers in Sunday's 2-0 win over the Bruins.

Oddly enough, neither assist was all that remarkable as the chain of possession simply wasn't broken after his passes. Still, they count just the same. Backstrom now has 53 assists and is tied with Alex Ovechkin for the team lead in points with 71.
Mar 15 - 10:58 PM

Nicklas Backstrom (illness) is ok to suit up Wednesday night versus the Rangers.

Backstrom missed the Capitals practice Tuesday morning but deemed himself ok to play in Wednesday’s game versus the rival Rangers. It’s been another superb year for Backstrom who is tied with his teammate, Alex Ovechkin, for second in the league in scoring with 69 points. He also ranks first in the NHL with 51 assists and first in power play assists with 26. He is one of the best fantasy players out there right now so make sure to get him back in your lineup if you had him on your bench due to the illness.
Mar 11 - 7:52 PM

Nicklas Backstrom (illness) is expected to play Wednesday even though he skipped the morning skate.

He missed Tuesday's practice as well because of an illness. "I expect him to play tonight," coach Barry Trotz said. "Obviously he is battling a little bit of sickness. From all indications, he came down today. We're not going to recall anybody, so I expect him to play." Backstrom hasn't been on the ice since Saturday's game against Buffalo.
Mar 11 - 4:45 PM

Nicklas Backstrom skipped Tuesday's practice due to an illness.

Washington doesn't play until Wednesday, so it's possible that Backstrom won't end up missing a game due to this disease. He has 18 goals and 69 points in 67 contests in 2014-15.
Mar 10 - 12:08 PM

Nicklas Backstrom recorded two assists in a 5-3 win over Columbus Tuesday night.

Backstrom is leading the league with 49 assists this season. The next best player is Philadelphia's Jakub Voracek with 46. Backstrom also has 18 goals, which puts him in a tie with teammate Alex Ovechkin for the NHL's scoring lead.
Mar 4 - 9:41 AM

Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom took sole possession of first place in NHL scoring - at least for now - as his assist gives him 64 points.

Forty-six of those points are assists. Backstrom seemed like an All-Star all season even when he didn't make the team, but now that omission seems extra glaring as his red-hot run continues.
Feb 21 - 3:34 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Brooks Laich
4Michael Latta
5Liam O'Brien
LW1Alex Ovechkin
2Marcus Johansson
3Curtis Glencross
4Jason Chimera
RW1Eric Fehr
2T.J. Oshie
3Justin Williams
4Tom Wilson
5Jay Beagle
D1Matt Niskanen
2John Carlson
3Brooks Orpik
4Karl Alzner
5Tim Gleason
6Nate Schmidt
7Dmitry Orlov
8Taylor Chorney
9John Erskine
G1Braden Holtby
2Justin Peters
3Philipp Grubauer