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Nicklas Backstrom | Center | #19

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 11/23/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 210
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (4) / WAS
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Nicklas Backstrom had two fractures in his right index finger.
Backstrom missed four playoff games due to a hand injury and now we have the specifics. He won't need to have off-season surgery, which is good news. He played in every game of the Stanley Cup Final, though, and collected seven points (one goal, six assists) in five outings. Backstrom was a major contributor in the Capitals' championship run with five goals and 23 points in 20 postseason games. Jun 13 - 12:52 PM

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Nicklas Backstrom picked up three assists in Monday's 6-2 win over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.

Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov combined for seven assists on Monday night. The Swedish center helped set up T.J. Oshie's power-play goal in the first period and he also registered the primary assists on third-period tallies by Michal Kempny and Brett Connolly (power play). Backstrom finished the game with one shot on goal and one hit in 19:01 of ice time. The 30-year-old has five goals and 17 assists in 19 games this postseason. The Capitals are just one win away from winning their first Stanley Cup title in franchise history. They'll have an opportunity to do that in Vegas on Thursday night.
Jun 4 - 11:11 PM

Nicklas Backstrom is on a four-game point streak.

Backstrom kept that run going with an assist in Washington's 3-2 win over Vegas on Wednesday. He has five goals and 19 points in 17 postseason games.
May 31 - 11:08 AM

Nicklas Backstrom scored a goal and an assist in Monday's 6-4 loss to the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final.

The Capitals found themselves down 1-0 in the first period after getting off to a slow start, but two quick goals by Brett Connolly and Backstrom gave them a 2-1 lead with less than five minutes left in the frame. Backstrom also added an assist on John Carlson's game-tying tally (3-3) in the second. The Caps forward finished the game with a plus-1 rating, one shot on goal and two hits in 19:39 of ice time. The 30-year-old has five goals and 18 points in 16 games this postseason. The Capitals find themselves down 1-0 in this best-of-seven series. Game 2 will be played in Vegas on Wednesday night.
May 28 - 11:19 PM

Nicklas Backstrom scored a goal in Wednesday's 4-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.

After Alex Ovechkin and Andre Burakovsky (twice) found the back of the net, it was Backstrom that finished off the game with an empty-netter in the final minutes of regulation. With the Caps facing elimination in Games 6 and 7, the Swedish center managed to put up three points. He finished the night with a plus-1 rating, one shot on goal and one hit in 17:27 of ice time. The 30-year-old is up to four goals and 16 points in 15 games during the postseason. The Capitals will now face the Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final. Game 1 will be played in Las Vegas on Monday night.
May 23 - 11:07 PM

Nicklas Backstrom registered a pair of assists in Monday's 3-0 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Final.

Backstrom picked up the primary assists on both of T.J. Oshie's goals. Oshie's first tally (power play) gave the Capitals a 1-0 lead at the 15:12 of the mark of the second period, while his empty-netter late in regulation put the score out of reach. Backstrom finished the night with a plus-1 rating, two penalty minutes and four hits in 18:22 of ice time. He's up to three goals and 12 assists in 14 games this postseason. This best-of-seven series is all tied up at three. Game 7 will be played in Tampa Bay on Wednesday night. The winner of that game will face the Vegas Golden Knights in the Stanley Cup Final.
May 21 - 11:11 PM

Nicklas Backstrom looked strong in his return to the lineup Thursday night after missing the Capitals' previous four games with a hand injury.

Despite not hitting the scoresheet in the Caps' 4-2 loss to the Lightning Thursday night, Backstrom was a solid contributor with four shots on goal and a 67% face-off winning percentage in 18:51 of playing time. With a game now under his belt, look for Backstrom to be more of a factor in Game 5 Saturday night.
May 19 - 10:10 AM

Nicklas Backstrom is looking forward to Game 5 against Tampa Bay even though the Capitals have lost two straight matches.

Washington won the first two games of the series on the road prior to dropping the next two games at home. "If you keep thinking about what happened in the past, maybe you get stuck in your head," center Nicklas Backstrom said. "It's a new day (Saturday) and a new game. We're all excited about that." He had four shots and logged 18:51 of ice time in his return to the lineup on Thursday.
May 19 - 10:08 AM

The Washington Capitals have confirmed that Nicklas Backstrom will suit up in Game 4 against Tampa Bay on Thursday night.

Backstrom has missed the last four games due to a hand injury. The 30-year-old Swede has three goals and 13 points in 11 postseason games. He is projected to start the game alongside Chandler Stephenson and Brett Connolly.
May 17 - 7:46 PM

Nicklas Backstrom is out for warmups ahead of Thursday's Game 4 matchup with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Backstrom has missed Washington's last four playoff games due to a hand injury and he would be a big boost to a Capitals team that is looking to take a 3-1 series lead. Stay tuned for any more info. The 30-year-old center has three goals and 13 points in 11 post-season games so far.
May 17 - 7:40 PM

Nicklas Backstrom (hand) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.

Backstrom skated on the Capitals' top power-play unit and left the ice with the regulars as opposed to getting in extra work with the projected scratches. The Capitals did say that Backstrom hasn't been medically cleared yet and coach Barry Trotz termed him as a game-time decision. That being said, it wouldn't be surprising to see Backstrom get cleared before Game 4 Thursday night.
May 17 - 12:15 PM

Nicklas Backstrom (hand) took part in Wednesday's practice.

Backstrom appeared to be shooting more and he had more zip with the puck, so progress is being made. Coach Barry Trotz said he wouldn't have a problem if Backstrom played and couldn't take many faceoffs. However, he wouldn't say if Backstrom would be ready to play in Game 4 on Thursday night.
May 16 - 1:08 PM

Nicklas Backstrom (hand) won't play in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning.

This isn't surprising at all. The Capitals have a 2-0 lead in this best-of-seven series, so there's no point in rushing him back to the lineup. The 30-year-old has three goals and 10 assists in 11 playoff games. He's now missed four consecutive games.
May 15 - 7:39 PM

Nicklas Backstrom (hand) hasn't been ruled out for Game 3 against Tampa Bay by coach Barry Trotz, but he appears to be doubtful to play.

Backstrom didn't take part in line rushes again at Tuesday's morning skate and he stayed out late with the team's scratches. That probably means that he will miss a fourth straight game due to a hand injury. Trotz reiterated that Backstrom is day-to-day. There isn't a rush to get him back with the Capitals up 2-0 in the series, but the pregame warmup will provide confirmation on his status.
May 15 - 11:55 AM

Nicklas Backstrom (hand) is still considered day-to-day.

Coach Barry Trotz said it's up to Backstrom to decide when he feels ready to come back. He also said it help that the Capitals have a 2-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference Final because it "does give us some time if he needs." Backstrom has missed the last three contests due to a hand injury.
May 14 - 5:10 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Lars Eller
4Jay Beagle
5Chandler Stephenson
LW1Alex Ovechkin
2Brett Connolly
3Jakub Vrana
4Nathan Walker
RW1T.J. Oshie
2Andre Burakovsky
3Tom Wilson
4Alex Chiasson
5Anthony Peluso
6Devante Smith-Pelly
7Travis Boyd
D1John Carlson
2Matt Niskanen
3Dmitry Orlov
4Brooks Orpik
5Christian Djoos
6Michal Kempny
7Madison Bowey
8Jakub Jerabek
G1Braden Holtby
2Philipp Grubauer
3Pheonix Copley