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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 scored the game-tying goal against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the 6:24 mark of the third period before the Bolts eventually prevailed 2-1 in a shootout.
Backstrom has been a little uneven in recent games. He failed to score a point in two of his previous three attempts and had just two goals in his previous six efforts after he racked up five points versus Pittsburgh on Nov. 16. Still, this was his seventh goal of the season and his 21st point in 23 games. Dec 3 - 11:11 PM

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Nicklas Backstrom skated on a line with Alex Ovechkin during Wednesday's practice.

The duo has started games on different lines for nearly three weeks, but they were back together in the third period against Toronto. Backstrom and Ovechkin may not stay together, but it's a direction coach Barry Trotz is leaning to right now.
Nov 30 - 3:33 PM

Nicklas Backstrom has been named the third star of the week.

He racked up four goals and four assists in four games. Backstrom picked up two goals and five points in a 7-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins to highlight his productive week.
Source: NHL.com
Nov 21 - 6:28 PM

Nicklas Backstrom picked up a pair of points during Sunday's 3-2 loss to Columbus.

Backstrom potted his fifth goal of the season and also assisted on Alex Ovechkin's power play tally, giving the pivot 17 points in 18 games.
Nov 20 - 3:31 PM

Nicklas Backstrom scored two goals and three assists in Wednesday's 7-1 blowout win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.

What a night for Backstrom in the Caps. After dropping back-to-back games to Carolina and Columbus, Washington came out with a strong performance tonight. Backstrom gave the Capitals a 2-0 lead in the first period and he picked up a primary helper on T.J. Oshie's power play goal just minutes later. He also picked up assists on goals by Dmitry Orlov and Justin Williams before scoring his team's last game. He has four goals and 15 points in 16 games this season. This is the breakout performance we've been waiting for from Backstrom.
Nov 16 - 10:35 PM

Nicklas Backstrom found the back of the net in Tuesday's 2-1 overtime loss to Columbus.

Backstrom opened the scoring at the 15:43 mark of the second period. Unfortunately for the Caps, they allowed the Jackets to tie the game later on in the second period before watching as Cam Atkinson scored the game-winning goal in the extra frame. Backstrom has two goals and eight assists in 15 games this season. At some point, we'll see his production increase at a quicker rate than it is right now. It's a good time to buy-low on his fantasy stock.
Nov 15 - 9:52 PM

Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and two assists in Washington's 4-3 overtime victory on Thursday.

Backstrom has recorded at least a point in three of his last four games. He has a goal and eight points in 10 contests this season.
Nov 4 - 9:57 AM

Nicklas Backstrom skated alongside Alex Ovechkin and Justin Williams at Friday's practice.

Ovechkin and Backstrom are slated to start a game on the same line for the first time this season. Backstrom has contributed three assists in six games this year.
Oct 28 - 6:42 PM

Nicklas Backstrom registered two assists in Washington's 3-2 shootout loss to Pittsburgh on Thursday.

Backstrom is just 21 assists shy of reaching the 500 milestone. He should get there by the midpoint of the 2016-17 campaign as long as he stays healthy.
Oct 14 - 11:18 AM

Nicklas Backstrom picked up his second goal of the World Cup in Sunday's 3-2 overtime loss to Team Europe.

Backstrom opened the scoring with a pretty rebound-goal early in the second period. He went on to skate 21:35, winning 52% of his draws, and three shots on net. He has two goals and five points in the tournament.
Sep 25 - 4:13 PM

The Washington Capitals will have eight players in the World Cup and Nicklas Backstrom believes that is a good thing.

"I think it can only help," he said. "For all the players [in the World Cup], hopefully we'll get used to playing tough games and bring that into season and we can get a good start because of it." Only the Tampa Bay Lightning and Chicago Blackhawks, with 12, will have more players in the tournament. Backstrom is also back on the ice preparing for the World Cup about two weeks earlier than in previous summers.
Aug 13 - 1:10 PM

Nicklas Backstrom is projected to start Game 6 between Andre Burakovsky and Marcus Johansson.

Backstrom and Ovechkin were separated on Saturday and that change is expected to stick in five-on-five situations. However, they will be together during power plays. Backstrom had a helper on a power-play goal by Ovechkin in Game 5 to give him nine points in 11 postseason outings.
May 10 - 6:41 PM

Nicklas Backstrom recorded an assist in a 3-2 loss to Pittsburgh in Game 3 on Monday.

It was Backstrom's first point of the second round series. He has two goals and eight points in nine playoff games.
May 3 - 9:48 AM

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

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

Depth Charts

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