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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 (hip) isn't sure if he'll be ready for the start of the regular season.
"It is very difficult to answer," he told Swedish newspaper Arbetarbladet on Tuesday. "We will see here now (after evaluating) with the coach and fitness coach. There has been considerable focus on enhancing mobility in the hip again. From the beginning I could not run or anything." The good news is Backstrom has been skating and working out with trainer Andreas Ohgren. He is slated to take part in training camp, but it could be in a limited capacity. However, we won't know that until he gets back to North America and he's examined by the Capitals. If he does miss the start of the regular season then it doesn't appear as though he will be sidelined for very long. Aug 26 - 4:01 PM

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Nicklas Backstrom is making some progress following off-season hip surgery.

GM Brian MacLellan said that Backstrom resumed skating recently. He's projected to participate in training camp, but his availability for the start of the season is still cloudy.
Aug 3 - 12:06 PM

Nicklas Backstrom (hip) is still aims to play in the season opener.

Backstrom is making any promises though as he'll have to wait and see how his recovery goes. Capitals coach Barry Trotz recently expressed uncertainty about Backstrom's availability for the start of the regular season. Backstrom spent most of the 2014-15 campaign playing through his hip injury.
Jul 21 - 11:07 AM

Capitals coach Barry Trotz isn't sure if Nicklas Backstrom (hip) will be ready for the start of the season.

The Capitals initially seemed confident that Backstrom would be ready for the 2015-16 campaign, but a report out of Sweden in June indicated that might not be the case. Based on that report, it might take Backstrom up to five months to recover from his arthroscopic surgery, which would put his return date at late October. It's worth noting that the injury will also hurt Backstrom from a conditioning perspective, so he might have a difficult time initially even if he does play in the season opener.
Jul 8 - 11:14 AM

Nicklas Backstrom may be facing a rehab of five months after having hip surgery, according to a report from a Swedish newspaper.

He underwent arthroscopic surgery less than three weeks ago. "I have been in pain since November sometime so we had to correct it," Backstrom told Gefle Dagblad. "It is difficult to say how long it will take to get back, it's a little different from individual to individual, but five months is something I heard. Right now I'm working mainly with getting up movement in the hip again." The Capitals initially said that Backstrom would probably be ready for training camp.
Jun 15 - 2:36 PM

Nicklas Backstrom had arthroscopic hip surgery on Wednesday afternoon.

"Based on the nature of this procedure we are confident that Nick will be completely healthy prior to the start of the 2015-16 regular season," said a statement by the Washington Capitals. He suited up in all 82 games during the regular season for the fifth time in his career and he has played six years without missing a game. Backstrom didn't reveal an injury after the Capitals were eliminated from the playoffs and an exact timetable for his recovery could be announced after he begins rehabilitating his hip several weeks from now.
May 28 - 11:53 AM

Nicklas Backstrom earned an assist on Washington's only goal in Wednesday's Game 7 overtime loss to the New York Rangers.

He had the secondary helper on Alex Ovechkin's fifth goal of the postseason. Backstrom didn't have a point in his previous five playoff games and he had one assist in his past nine contests. Backstrom went cold offensively after he started with three goals and three assists in the first four matches.
May 14 - 10:33 AM

Nicklas Backstrom led the NHL playoffs in Round 1 with 151 faceoffs taken.

He won 58.9 percent of them after finishing the regular season with a 53.6 percent efficiency rating. "It's such an important part of hockey these days," said Backstrom. "You can make plays off faceoffs and you've got to be good. Now we're going to face a really good team in the circle. You've got to be ready at the dots. It's going to be important in this series." The Capitals won a league-leading 56 percent of their draws in the quarterfinal round. Backstrom had six points in seven games against the New York Islanders, but he didn't pick up a point after Game 4.
Apr 30 - 4:42 PM

Nicklas Backstrom lifted the Capitals to a 2-1 overtime victory against the Islanders Tuesday by netting the winning goal midway through the extra frame.

Backstrom registered a goal and an assist in the pivotal Game Four effort, as did his linemate Alex Ovechkin. The clutch performance evens the series at 2-2 with Game Five scheduled for Thursday night.
Apr 21 - 11:15 PM

Nicklas Backstrom scored a goal in Washington's 2-1 overtime loss to the Islanders.

Islanders forward Kyle Okposo opened the scoring the first goal of the game in the second period, but Backstrom tied the game at the 13:54 mark of the third period. The game went to overtime and John Tavares ended the game just 15 seconds into the extra frame. Backstrom has been very good in the post-season so far, but the Caps still find themselves down 2-1 heading into game four on Tuesday night. The 27-yearold now has two goals and four points in his first three playoff games in 2015.
Apr 19 - 3:40 PM

Nicklas Backstrom found himself back on the first line in practice Saturday.

Backstrom replaced Evgeni Kuznetsov between Alex Ovechkin and Joel Ward while Kuznetsov moved down to the second unit between Marcus Johansson and Troy Brouwer. Just an FYI as Backstrom is coming off a three point effort in Game 2.
Apr 19 - 9:24 AM

Nicklas Backstrom had one goal and two assists in Washington's 4-3 game two win over the New York Islanders.

The Capitals found themselves down 2-0 and 3-1 in the game, but they managed to claw their way back into the series with a big win on home ice. Backstrom picked up assists on second period goals by Karl Alzner and Alex Ovechkin. He scored the game-tying goal at the 3:44 mark of the third period before Jason Chimera completed the comeback later on in the final frame. The series now heads to Long Island tied 1-1. Game three will be played at 12:00 PM EST on Sunday afternoon.
Apr 17 - 9:52 PM

Nicklas Backstrom picked up two more assists in the Washington Capitals' 3-0 shutout of the visiting Boston Bruins Wednesday night.

That's 59 assists on the season for the crafty center. He has 77 points altogether. Troy Brouwer also produced two assists Wednesday to give him 22 for the season. Marcus Johansson had one assist, his 27th of the season, and a goal, his 20th of the season. Also notching goals for the Caps were John Carlson (12th) and Matt Niskanen (fourth). Washington outscored Boston 9-0 in the teams' three games this season. The Capitals have already clinched a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs, but they are still playing for second place in the Metropolitan Division and home-ice advantage in the Eastern Conference First Round. Washington has 101 points, three more than the New York Islanders, who are in third place.
Apr 8 - 10:45 PM

Nicklas Backstrom collected two more helpers in Sunday's 2-0 win over the Bruins.

Oddly enough, neither assist was all that remarkable as the chain of possession simply wasn't broken after his passes. Still, they count just the same. Backstrom now has 53 assists and is tied with Alex Ovechkin for the team lead in points with 71.
Mar 15 - 10:58 PM

Nicklas Backstrom (illness) is ok to suit up Wednesday night versus the Rangers.

Backstrom missed the Capitals practice Tuesday morning but deemed himself ok to play in Wednesday’s game versus the rival Rangers. It’s been another superb year for Backstrom who is tied with his teammate, Alex Ovechkin, for second in the league in scoring with 69 points. He also ranks first in the NHL with 51 assists and first in power play assists with 26. He is one of the best fantasy players out there right now so make sure to get him back in your lineup if you had him on your bench due to the illness.
Mar 11 - 7:52 PM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Andre Burakovsky
4Michael Latta
5Liam O'Brien
LW1Alex Ovechkin
2Marcus Johansson
3Jason Chimera
4Brooks Laich
RW1T.J. Oshie
2Justin Williams
3Tom Wilson
4Jay Beagle
D1John Carlson
2Matt Niskanen
3Karl Alzner
4Brooks Orpik
5Dmitry Orlov
6Nate Schmidt
7Taylor Chorney
G1Braden Holtby
2Philipp Grubauer
3Justin Peters