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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 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. Dec 22 - 10:41 PM

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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.
Dec 20 - 10:35 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.
Dec 17 - 9:44 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.
Dec 13 - 10:43 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.
Dec 10 - 9:41 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.
Nov 27 - 9:54 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.
Nov 21 - 11:39 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.
Nov 12 - 10:24 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.
Nov 8 - 11:49 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.
Nov 4 - 11:14 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.
Nov 2 - 10:21 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.
Oct 28 - 4:18 PM

Nicklas Backstrom picked up his 500th career NHL point on an assist Wednesday night but the Capitals needed more in a 3-2 loss to Edmonton.

It was a vintage Nick Backstrom backhand setup on the power-play to John Carlson that got the scoring started for the Capitals. Interestingly enough, Backstrom is the first player from the 2006 draft to get to the 500 point mark. That draft included names like Claude Giroux, Jonathan Toews and Phil Kessel. Backstrom now has six points in six games this season.
Oct 23 - 12:32 AM

It seems that everyone in the Washington Capitals organization is impressed with center Nicklas Backstrom.

Backstrom is seen in the dressing room as the player who sets the tone for the team and makes it run. Coach Barry Trotz has been so impressed with his play and wonders how he doesn't have more awards in his NHL career. "I’ll tell you," Trotz said, "both ends of the ice, he’s as good as anybody I’ve seen." Look for Backstrom to get a ton of points on the power play again this season as he led the NHL last year with 44 and flirt with a point-per-game, if not a touch more.
Oct 11 - 10:14 AM

Nicklas Backstrom pitched in an assist and sniped the shootout winner in Washington's 3-2 preseason victory over Philadelphia on Thursday night.

Eric Fehr and Andre Burakovsky also scored for the Caps, who received a shootout insurance marker from flashy rookie Evgeny Kuznetsov. Steve Mason made 18 saves in the loss while Justin Peters took home the win with 25 saves on 27 shots.
Oct 2 - 9:55 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
7Nate Schmidt
8John Erskine
9Jack Hillen
G1Braden Holtby
2Justin Peters