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Nicklas Backstrom | Center | #19

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (28) / 11/23/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 213
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (4) / WAS
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Nicklas Backstrom had a huge reversal in his efficiency at the faceoff dot Saturday.
Backstrom was dominated in Game 1 as he won only seven of 27 draws but was exceptional in Game 2, winning 18 of 20. The weird thing is that the Capitals won Game 1 and lost in Game 2. Game 3 is in Pittsburgh Monday. May 1 - 8:32 AM

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Nicklas Backstrom was dominated by Sidney Crosby at the faceoff dot Thursday.

Backstrom won only seven of 27 faceoffs while Sid the Kid won 19 of 28 on the night. Fortunately for the Capitals, Backstrom was strong in every other phase of the game as he was a plus-two on the night while Crosby was a minus-three. Don't be surprised if Pittsburgh coach Mike Sullivan tries to get Crosby away from the Capitals top unit.
Apr 30 - 8:57 AM

Nicklas Backstrom scored the only goal in Washington's 1-0 win over Philadelphia in Game 6.

And with that, the Flyers are knocked out of the 2016 playoffs. Backstrom was finally able to figure out Flyers goalie Michal Neuvirth at the 8:59 mark of the second period. Marcus Johansson and Alex Ovechkin picked up the assists on the game's only goal. Backstrom finishes the series with two goals and seven points in six games. The Capitals will now face the Pittsburgh Penguins in round 2.
Apr 24 - 3:01 PM

Nicklas Backstrom led the Capitals with three points in their 4-1 Game 2 victory against the Flyers on Saturday night.

Backstrom, normally a past-first player, fooled Steve Mason with his goal late in the third period as he opened up down the wing like he was going to pass it across. Backstrom also had two assists in the contest — one on John Carlson’s first-period power-play goal, and the next on Alex Ovechkin’s power-play goal in the second period. Jason Chimera got the other goal, while Marcus Johansson had two assists. Carlson also had a helper. The Capitals lead the series 2-0.
Apr 16 - 10:13 PM

Nicklas Backstrom registered an assist in Washington's 2-0 victory over Philadelphia in Game 1 Thursday night.

Backstrom was limited to eight points in 14 playoff contests in 2015, so hopefully for Washington's sake he'll be more offensively prolific this year. He had 20 goals and 70 points in 75 regular season contests.
Apr 15 - 11:23 AM

Nicklas Backstrom will be a healthy scratch for Sunday's season finale against the Ducks.

Backstrom finishes yet another sterling season with 50 assists and 70 points over 75 games. For his career, across 652 career games perhaps the top center in the East has 477 assists and 642 points. Wow.
Apr 10 - 7:10 PM

Nicklas Backstrom collected another trio of helpers during Saturday's 5-1 win over St. Louis.

Backstrom has reached the 50-assist mark for the sixth time in his amazing career. He has 70 points in 75 games this season, with a chance for a few more on Sunday.
Apr 10 - 1:40 AM

Nicklas Backstrom (upper body) is good to return on Thursday.

Backstrom missed three games due to the ailment. Ultimately his time off might serve as a good rest ahead of the playoffs, but at the same time returning now means that there's not a risk of him being rusty by the time Game 1 of the first round starts. He has 20 goals and 67 points in 73 games this season.
Apr 7 - 11:52 AM

Nicklas Backstrom (upper body) will not return to the fold on Tuesday night.

He was the on the ice in the morning session and he received some extra work afterward. This will be the third straight game that Backstrom has sat due to an upper-body injury. The Capitals are being cautious with his return.
Apr 5 - 1:13 PM

Nicklas Backstrom (upper body) took part in Monday's practice.

He said he felt good after the session, but his return is up to the coaches and trainers. Backstrom won't be rushed back into the fold until he is 100 percent, so he may not be ready to play on Tuesday.
Apr 4 - 3:13 PM

The Washington Capitals are expecting to have Nicklas Backstrom back in the lineup this week after he missed the last two games with an upper-body injury.

Backstrom could have played if the games were important but the Capitals have already clinched the Presidents' Trophy and will get home ice advantage throughout the postseason. Backstrom has 20 goals and 67 points thus far this season in a strong offensive year and should be a must start in all fantasy leagues when healthy.
Apr 3 - 8:52 AM

Nicklas Backstrom (upper body) will not play Saturday night against the Coyotes on Saturday night.

The talented center didn’t play Friday night, and he’ll sit again Saturday. He has 20 goals and 67 points this season. There is nothing wrong with being cautious at this time of the year for the Presidents’ Trophy winners.
Apr 2 - 8:17 PM

Nicklas Backstrom is unavailable for Friday's game because of an upper-body injury.

Backstrom skated Friday morning, but skipped the team's line rushes. "Just got banged up a little bit the last game," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. "We’re just going to keep him out just for precautionary reasons." It makes sense given that the Capitals have nothing left to play for until the postseason. If there's any reason to rest one of their top players, they may as well take it. Marcus Johansson will center the top line as a result of Backstrom's absence.
Apr 1 - 3:59 PM

Nicklas Backstrom scored a goal and added an assist Monday as the Washington Capitals recorded a 4-1 triumph over the visiting Columbus Blue Jackets.

With the win, the Capitals clinched the Presidents' Trophy. Washington is atop the NHL standings with 113 points and is guaranteed home-ice advantage throughout Stanley Cup Playoffs. Backstrom's goal was his 20th this season. His assist on T.J. Oshie's goal was his 47th of the season. Oshie's goal was his 24th. Also scoring for the Caps were Justin Williams (22nd) and Tom Wilson (seventh). Defenseman Matt Niskanen had two assists (for 26 on the season) and had five shots on goal.
Mar 28 - 10:59 PM

Nicklas Backstrom scored a goal and an assist in Tuesday's 4-2 win over the Ottawa Senators.

He snapped a three-game pointless streak in the process. Backstrom did all of his damage in the opening period. He set up Alex Ovechkin's power play goal to give the Caps a 2-0 lead. He made it 3-0 with a goal of his own at the 14:37 mark of the period. The 28-year-old has 19 goals and 65 points in 69 games in 2015-16. The win allowed the Caps to clinch top spot in the Eastern Conference.
Mar 22 - 10:58 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Marcus Johansson
4Mike Richards
5Michael Latta
6Jay Beagle
LW1Alex Ovechkin
2Andre Burakovsky
3Jason Chimera
4Daniel Winnik
5Zach Sill
RW1T.J. Oshie
2Justin Williams
3Tom Wilson
4Stanislav Galiev
D1John Carlson
2Matt Niskanen
3Karl Alzner
4Brooks Orpik
5Dmitry Orlov
6Nate Schmidt
7Taylor Chorney
8Mike Weber
G1Braden Holtby
2Philipp Grubauer
3Dan Ellis