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Nicklas Backstrom | Center | #19

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (29) / 11/23/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 210
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 1 (4) / WAS
Contract: view contract details

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Nicklas Backstrom's point drought has reached seven games.
That's the longest cold streak of Backstrom's career. Capitals coach Barry Trotz remains confident in Backstrom though. "Backy has done a really good job," Trotz said. "I know there's a lot been said about not scoring or whatever, to me it's about winning and he's had all the tough matchups while still creating good offense, hasn't got the numbers." Nov 10 - 5:15 AM

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Nicklas Backstrom was held pointless for his fifth straight game on Saturday.

The center got off to a hot start with 11 points in his first six games but has only one helper in his last seven contests. Try and get him in a trade from a disgruntled owner as Backstrom will snap out of it soon and finish in the top-15 as far as the Art Ross Trophy is concerned.
Nov 5 - 9:54 AM

Nicklas Backstrom (illness) is expected to return to the lineup tonight against the Edmonton Oilers.

Backstrom missed Thursday's 6-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks. Expect head coach Barry Trotz to mix up the lines tonight after a terrible showing in Vancouver.
Oct 28 - 1:30 PM

Although it may come down to a game-time decision, Nicklas Backstrom is probable to play against the Oilers Saturday night.

He missed Thursday's game with an illness. Check back with us later for updates on whether Backstrom will suit up.
Oct 28 - 12:38 PM

Nicklas Backstrom (illness) won't play Thursday night.

Backstrom is listed as day-to-day with an illness. Chandler Stephenson will fill in and make his season debut.
Oct 26 - 9:37 PM

Nicklas Backstrom is battling an illness.

Backstrom is a game-time decision on Thursday as a result. He's off to a fantastic start with three goals and 12 points in nine games, so it would be particularly unfortunate if he's not available. Chandler Stephenson, who was called up on Tuesday, is expected to draw into the lineup if Backstrom can't play.
Oct 26 - 2:47 PM

Nicklas Backstrom has been named the NHL's third star of the week.

Backstrom registered three goals and six assists for nine points in four games during the week ending Oct. 15. He is currently riding a five-game point streak with 11 points over that span.
Oct 16 - 5:17 PM

Nicklas Backstrom scored a goal in Saturday's 8-2 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.

Even though the Capitals lost the game, Backstrom has put together a pretty nice weekend. He had four points in last night's win against New Jersey and another goal tonight. He cut Philadelphia's lead to 4-2 in the middle frame, but that's as close as the Caps would come to making it a game. Backstrom is now riding a five-game point streak. He has three goals and 11 points in six games this season. He's a must-start every time the Capitals are on the ice.
Oct 14 - 11:40 PM

Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and three assists in Friday's 5-2 win over the New Jersey Devils.

Backstrom picked up the primary assists on goals by T.J. Oshie (twice) and Alex Ovechkin. Backstrom then added a goal of his own in the third period to extend Washington's lead to 5-2. Three of his four points were scored on the man-advantage. Backstrom finished the game with three shots on goal and one hit in 18:19 of ice time. The Swedish center is up to two goals and 10 points in five games this season. He's currently riding a four-game point streak.
Oct 13 - 10:01 PM

Updating a previous item, Nicklas Backstrom will play against the New Jersey Devils on Friday night.

Backstrom left the pre-game warmup prematurely and he was listed as a scratch on's roster report, but the Capitals have confirmed that he's in tonight. He continues to be a fantastic fantasy option going forward.
Oct 13 - 7:05 PM

Nicklas Backstrom (undisclosed) won't play in Friday's game against New Jersey.

Backstrom came out for the warmup, but he quickly got off the ice. He's now listed as a scratch on the roster report. It's unclear what the issue is at this time, but we'll keep you up to date on this situation.
Oct 13 - 6:52 PM

Nicklas Backstrom scored a goal and registered two assists in a 4-3 overtime loss to Tampa Bay Monday night.

Backstrom now has five points in three games this season. His goal was the 189th of his career, which is good for eighth place on the Capitals' all-time leaderboard, ahead of Bob Carpenter.
Oct 10 - 6:39 AM

Nicklas Backstrom made roughly a $10,000 donation to the youth hockey organization Valbo HC.

Backstrom's donation was the bonus that he received for helping Team Sweden win gold at the 2017 World Championships. Backstrom is a former member of the organization and their arena is named after him.
Sep 4 - 9:37 AM

Nicklas Backstrom still hasn't gotten over Washington's Game 7 loss to Pittsburgh in the second round of the playoffs.

The Caps found themselves down 3-1 in the best-of-seven series against the rivals, but they managed to fight back to tie the series at three. Unfortunately, things didn't end well for them in that do-or-die game. "I think that when it comes to the playoffs it shouldn't be about individuals," Backstrom said. "It should be about the team and how we lose as a team. How we acted in Game 7, I think that's telling everything. They absolutely outplayed us in Game 7 at home. That shouldn't be the case."
Aug 14 - 5:12 PM

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

Depth Charts

All Positions
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Lars Eller
4Jay Beagle
5Chandler Stephenson
LW1Alex Ovechkin
2Brett Connolly
3Jakub Vrana
4Nathan Walker
RW1T.J. Oshie
2Andre Burakovsky
3Tom Wilson
4Alex Chiasson
5Anthony Peluso
6Devante Smith-Pelly
D1John Carlson
2Matt Niskanen
3Dmitry Orlov
4Brooks Orpik
5Taylor Chorney
6Christian Djoos
7Madison Bowey
8Aaron Ness
G1Braden Holtby
2Philipp Grubauer