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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 is a prime candidate to be a replacement all-star after Thursday's news that Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin will miss the Jan. 25 classic in Columbus.
Backstrom has had a terrific season thus far with 15 goals and 47 points in 46 games. The 27-year-old has been an essential part of the Caps' season, helping the team build a 12-point cushion on the Metropolitan's final playoff spot. Backstrom has never been to the all-star game before. Jan 22 - 8:15 PM

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Nicklas Backstrom got a goal and an assist in Washington’s 5-4 loss to the Stars on Saturday night.

Backstrom made things interesting with a goal late in the third period to draw the Capitals to within one. He also had an assist — his 32nd — on Alexander Ovechkin’s goal earlier in the frame. Ovechkin also picked up an assist. Backstrom is putting together another sensational season, with 14 goals and 46 points. Andre Burakovsky and Eric Fehr netted the other goals.
Jan 17 - 11:13 PM

Nicklas Backstrom scored a goal in Washington's 3-2 overtime loss against Philadelphia on Thursday.

Backstrom has 13 goals and 40 points in 40 contests in 2014-15. At the age of 27, he's firmly established himself as someone capable of providing fantasy owners with roughly a point-per-game and we anticipate him maintaining his current pace for the rest of the season.
Jan 9 - 11:31 AM

Nicklas Backstrom scored his 11th goal of the season to give the Washington Capitals a 2-1 victory over the visiting Ottawa Senators Monday night.

Backstrom's goal, at 19:25 of the second period, broke a 1-1 tie and turned out to be the game winner. Jay Beagle, with his fifth goal of the season, gave the Caps a 1-0 lead at 13:59 of the second period.
Mon, Dec 22, 2014 10:41:00 PM

Nicklas Backstrom’s three points carried the Capitals to a 4-0 win over the Devils on Saturday night.

Backstrom potted two goals, and added a helper. The talented Swedish center appears to really enjoy playing on Saturdays as he now has seven goals and 14 points in 11 Saturday games. On the season, he has 10 goals and 34 points, which ranks 10th in the league as of this writing. Alex Ovechkin and Mike Green got the other goals. John Carlson and Jay Beagle recorded two assists.
Sat, Dec 20, 2014 10:35:00 PM

Nicklas Backstrom had an assist in a 2-1 shootout loss to Florida on Tuesday.

Backstrom has six points in his last four games, including Saturday's hat trick. That brings him up to eight goals and 31 points in 30 contests this season. He also went 0-for-2 in the longest shootout in NHL history.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 09:44:00 AM

Nicklas Backstrom’s hat trick powered the Capitals to a 4-2 win over the Lightning on Saturday night.

Per Chuck Gormely of CSN, Backstrom’s last hat trick came April 17, 2010, during a playoff series with the Canadiens. In the meantime, Backstrom has proven to be one of the game’s best playmakers, and not scorers. After 33 goals in the 2009-10 season, his high is 18, though he’s continued to set them up at a very high clip. This season, Backstrom has eight goals and 22 assists, good for fifth in the league. Eric Fehr scored the other goal. Alex Ovechkin and Tom Wilson had two assists apiece.
Sat, Dec 13, 2014 10:43:00 PM

Nicklas Backstrom had two assists in Washington's 5-3 victory Tuesday night.

Backstrom has five goals and 27 points in 27 games this season. He's capable of maintaining that pace throughout the 2014-15 campaign.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 09:41:00 AM

Nicklas Backstrom had two assists in a 3-2 overtime loss on Wednesday.

Backstrom is now on a three-game point streak. He has five goals and 21 points in 21 games in 2014-15.
Thu, Nov 27, 2014 09:54:00 AM

Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and an assist in Washington's 3-2 victory on Thursday.

Backstrom snapped his three-game point drought. He has five goals and 13 assists in 19 contests in 2014-15.
Fri, Nov 21, 2014 11:39:00 AM

Nicklas Backstrom might lose his Olympic silver medal after all.

Backstrom wasn't allowed to play in the 2014 gold medal game because he tested positive for pseudoephedrine due to the allergy medication he took. His medication was approved by Team Sweden and pseudoephedrine isn't a banned substance in the NHL. The IOC chief physician eventually ruled that Backstrom was "an innocent victim" and he was awarded a silver medal, but now the World Anti-Doping Agency is appealing that ruling.
Wed, Nov 12, 2014 10:24:00 AM

Nicklas Backstrom netted the overtime game-winning goal for the Capitals in their 4-3 victory against the Hurricanes on Saturday night.

While the Capitals (6-5-3) struggle to find their stride and Alex Ovechkin gets scrutinized on a nightly basis, Backstrom quietly continues to be among the game’s top centers. He has four goals and 14 points this season and is pretty much a lock for a point-per-game season. Troy Brouwer, Eric Fehr and Jay Beagle scored the other goals. John Carlson recorded two helpers.
Sat, Nov 8, 2014 11:49:00 PM

Nicklas Backstrom registered a goal and an assist for the Capitals on Tuesday, but the team was on the wrong end of a 4-3 overtime decision against Calgary.

With 13 points in 12 contests, the Caps number one center has been just fine in the early going, but his teammates have not played to the level many expected of them prior to the season. Joel Ward and Marcus Johansson also scored in the losing effort for Washington while Alex Ovechkin dished out two assists.
Tue, Nov 4, 2014 11:14:00 PM

Nicklas Backstrom registered three assists in Washington's 6-5 loss to Arizona.

Fantasy owners will be thrilled to see the boxscore of this game. All three of Backstrom's assists came in the first period. The 26-year-old now has two goals and 11 points in 11 games this season.
Sun, Nov 2, 2014 10:21:00 PM

Nicklas Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin have been split up.

Backstrom will instead play alongside Marcus Johansson and Troy Brouwer. This certainly isn't the first time that Backstrom and Ovechkin have been divided, but they'll probably end up on the same line again at some point this season. Backstrom has two goals and five assists in eight contests in 2014-15.
Tue, Oct 28, 2014 04:18:00 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Brooks Laich
4Michael Latta
5Liam O'Brien
LW1Marcus Johansson
2Joel Ward
3Jason Chimera
4Aaron Volpatti
RW1Alex Ovechkin
2Troy Brouwer
3Andre Burakovsky
4Jay Beagle
5Eric Fehr
6Tom Wilson
D1Matt Niskanen
2John Carlson
3Mike Green
4Brooks Orpik
5Karl Alzner
6Dmitry Orlov
7John Erskine
8Jack Hillen
G1Braden Holtby
2Justin Peters