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Nicklas Backstrom | Center | #19

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 11/23/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 213
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (4) / WAS
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Nicklas Backstrom has become the leader of the Washington Capitals.
While most would figure it would be Alex Ovechkin, Ovie is not the one in the dressing room to say a lot and Backstrom has become quite vocal when needed. "He's a fairly quiet guy," T.J. Oshie said. "He's reserved, he's extremely poised with his emotions and with his hockey game, how he carries himself on the ice. When things need to be said and Nick speaks and he stands up and he says something, you listen because he cares, he thinks about what he says and he says the right things and a lot of the right moments." Backstrom is the Capitals top point-getter as he finished with 86 points in the regular season and 13 points in 13 playoffs games. He should be taken in the top-two rounds of most pools next season. May 21 - 7:27 AM

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Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and an assist Monday night in a 5-2 win against Pittsburgh.

He picked up his seventh assist and sixth goal of the postseason to help the Capitals force Game 7 versus the Pittsburgh Penguins. Backstrom has accounted for three multi-point outings in Washington's second-round series.
May 9 - 10:34 AM

Nicklas Backstrom scored a goal in Saturday's 4-2 win over Pittsburgh in Game 5.

The Capitals went into the third period of an elimination game trailing 2-1, but that's when their top forwards came out to play. Washington got three unanswered goals from Backstrom (2-2), Evgeny Kuznetsov (3-2) and Alex Ovechkin (4-2). Backstrom has now found the back of the net in three of his last four contests. He's up to five goals and six assists in 11 postseason games in 2017. The Caps will look to even the series, 3-3, in Pittsburgh on Monday night.
May 6 - 10:28 PM

Nicklas Backstrom scored a goal and registered an assist in Washington's 5-2 loss to Pittsburgh in Game 2 on Saturday.

Backstrom has three goals and eight points in eight playoff games. Matt Niskanen also found the back of the net for Washington. Alex Ovechkin assisted on both goals.
Apr 29 - 11:23 PM

Nicklas Backstrom is on a three-game point streak.

Backstrom registered two assists in Washington's 5-4 win over Toronto in Game 4 Wednesday night. He has two goals and five points in four contests in the first round.
Apr 20 - 10:11 AM

Nicklas Backstrom scored a goal and registered an assist in Washington's 4-3 overtime loss to Toronto in Game 3 on Monday.

Backstrom got both of his points in the first 4:49 minutes of play as the Capitals jumped to an early lead that they ultimately couldn't hold onto. Alex Ovechkin netted the goal that Backstrom assisted on, giving Ovechkin two markers in three playoff games. Evgeny Kuznetsov also found the back of the net for Washington.
Apr 17 - 10:33 PM

Don't be surprised if coach Barry Trotz switches his first two centers on Monday.

Trotz may want to give the Maple Leafs a different look and kick-start his Capitals who are not scoring so Evgeny Kuznetsov could center Alex Ovechkin with Nicklas Backstrom, the club's leading scorer in the regular season, moving down to the second unit. Stay tuned.
Apr 17 - 11:31 AM

Nicklas Backstrom found the back of the net in Washington's 4-3 2OT loss to Toronto in Game 2 on Saturday.

Backstrom's third period marker is what forced overtime. John Carlson and Alex Ovechkin each scored a goal for Washington in the losing effort. Justin Williams, Andre Burakovsky, T.J. Oshie, Dmitry Orlov, and Marcus Johansson each registered an assist.
Apr 15 - 11:57 PM

Nicklas Backstrom and the Caps were shut out by Florida on Sunday night.

Backstrom, who finished the season with 23 goals and 86 points in 82 games, will be a hot commodity in playoff pools. The Capitals will draw the Toronto Maple Leafs in the first round.
Apr 9 - 11:17 PM

Thanks to the helper he picked up, Nicklas Backstrom is now up to 85 points this season.

Backstrom now has 62 assists in 81 games this season. Through 10 career campaigns, he's collected at least a point-per-game five times. The Capitals beat the Bruins 3-1 thanks to his help on Saturday.
Apr 8 - 6:33 PM

Nicklas Backstrom is on a three-game point streak.

Backstrom registered an assist in the Capitals' 4-1 win over Toronto. He has 23 goals and 85 points in 79 contests this season. That puts him in a tie with Brad Marchand for fourth place in the scoring race.
Apr 5 - 10:53 AM

Nicklas Backstrom registered three assists in Washington's 5-4 overtime win against Minnesota.

The last of Backstrom's assists was his 60th this season. He also has 22 goals and 82 points in 75 contests. This is the most points he's recorded in a single season since 2009-10 when he finished with 101. Right now he's tied for second in the NHL's scoring race.
Mar 29 - 10:49 AM

Nicklas Backstrom has been credited with his 22nd goal of the season.

The marker was initially given to Kevin Shattenkirk on Tuesday night, but changed to Backstrom after the NHL reviewed it. The Capitals center notched one goal and two assists in the contest, while Shattenkirk recorded a pair of helpers. T.J. Oshie got the other assist on the play and Alex Ovechkin lost an assist because of the goal change.

Nicklas Backstrom had four assists Saturday in a 5-3 win over Tampa Bay.

Backstrom had 54 assists on the season as well as 21 goals and has moved into fifth place in NHL scoring as well as second to only Connor McDavid in assists this season. Backstrom had helpers on all three of T.J. Oshie's goals as well as one from John Carlson. He is having a fabulous season and is a must start.
Mar 19 - 6:42 AM

Nicklas Backstrom was in on both Washington goals in the Capitals' 4-2 loss to the visiting Dallas Stars Monday night.

It was Washington's first loss in 16 home games, dating back to Dec. 29. Backstrom scored his 21st goal of the season to reduce the Stars' lead to 3-1 at 15:52 of the first period. He assisted for the 46th time this season on an T.J. Oshie goal (25th) in the third period. That goal cut the Dallas advantage to 3-2 at 12:26.
Mar 6 - 11:09 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Lars Eller
4Jay Beagle
5Chandler Stephenson
LW1Alex Ovechkin
2Marcus Johansson
3Andre Burakovsky
4Daniel Winnik
RW1T.J. Oshie
2Justin Williams
3Tom Wilson
4Brett Connolly
D1John Carlson
2Kevin Shattenkirk
3Matt Niskanen
4Karl Alzner
5Brooks Orpik
6Dmitry Orlov
7Nate Schmidt
8Taylor Chorney
G1Braden Holtby
2Philipp Grubauer