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Nicklas Backstrom | Center

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (26) / 11/23/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 208
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Nicklas Backstrom notched a goal and an assist in Friday's 4-0 blanking of Chicago.
The playmaking center has 18 goals on the year and he's scored five times in his past seven outings. Backstrom has 79 points in 81 games this season. Apr 12 - 1:24 PM

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Nicklas Backstrom scored twice in Washington's 4-1 win on Tuesday.

Backstrom is on a three-game point streak. He has 17 goals and 77 points in 79 games this season.
Apr 9 - 11:00 AM

Nicklas Backstrom set up Alexander Ovechkin for a goal in their first game playing on the same line in almost three weeks on Friday night.

The Capitals still lost with their two offensive wizards reunited, however, a 2-1 defeat to New Jersey. Fantasy owners have to be happy about Backstrom regaining the top scoring player in the NHL on his wing. The Swede now has 60 assists and 74 points in 77 games.
Apr 4 - 9:44 PM

Nicklas Backstrom doesn't expect to miss any more time after he was forced to leave Tuesday's game early with an upper-body injury.

He was hurt on a hard hit from Los Angeles' Drew Doughty, but he was back on ice the ice for Thursday's practice. Backstrom feels fine to play against Boston on Saturday. "I didn't feel that good after that hit, had a day off and I feel way better today," Backstrom said. "I was able to practice full practice and that's a good thing."
Mar 27 - 4:33 PM

Nicklas Backstrom left Washington's 5-4 shootout loss against Los Angeles and didn't return.

Backstrom sustained an upper-body injury when he was smashed into the glass by Los Angeles defenseman Drew Doughty. Capitals coach Adam Oates downplayed the decision to shutdown Backstrom as a "precautionary" move. Consider Backstrom day-to-day for now.
Mar 26 - 10:51 AM

Nicklas Backstrom recorded two assists in Washington's 3-2 win Tuesday.

Backstrom has recorded at least a point in three straight games and five of his last six contests. He now has 13 goals and 68 points in 70 games this season, making this his most productive campaign since 2009-10.
Mar 19 - 11:27 AM

The IOC has decided that Nicklas Backstrom, who was barred from playing in the gold medal between Sweden and Canada in the 2014 Winter Olympics, will still receive his silver medal.

Backstrom was punished for having an excess of pseudoephedrine in his system. That was due to the fact that he was taking the allergy medication Zyrtec-D, which the Swedish doctor had told him would be fine. He made no attempt to hide the fact that he was taking the medication (in fact, he declared it on his Doping Control Form) and the IOC ruled that there "no indication of any intent" on the part of Backstrom to use the medication for performance enhancing purposes. During the doctor's hearing, he took responsibility for giving Backstrom advice that led to him being removed from the gold medal game.
Source: Olympic.org
Mar 14 - 2:20 PM

Nicklas Backstrom scored a goal for Washington, but it wasn't enough as the Capitals dropped a 3-2 decision to Pittsburgh Monday.

The power-play goal was the 13th marker of the campaign for the center, who is better known for his playmaking ability. Eric Fehr also found the back of the net for Washington in the loss.
Mar 10 - 10:04 PM

Nicklas Backstrom is still waiting to find out if he'll get a silver medal for his time with Sweden.

Backstrom wasn't allowed to play in the gold medal game because he tested positive for a banned substance. That sounds worse than it is because the banned substance he took was the allergy medication Zyrtec-D. He's been taking that for around seven years to deal with his allergy problems and the medication was approved by the team doctor. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly said that the NHL has no plans on punishing Backstrom so long as the facts are as they understand them and further added that Zyrtec-D is not on the NHL's banned substances list.
Feb 25 - 12:32 PM

Washington head coach Adam Oates says he feels bad for his top center Nicklas Backstrom who was banished from the Olympics for taking a banned substance.

While the allergy medication was banned by the IOC, it's not by the NHL. "We feel so sorry for him, it's terrible," Oates said. "The circumstances, we don't know all the facts, but he took cold medicine that's allowed. 'I've got a cold or I've got an allergy.' They gave him the medicine, Zyrtec-D, that's OK at the time and then all of a sudden it's not OK. It kind of doesn't make sense to me." We think that Backstrom will not receive a silver medal as he was disqualified from the Games.
Feb 24 - 8:58 AM

Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom, a star with Team Sweden, said he was devastated that he was not allowed to play for the gold medal at the Sochi Olympics Sunday because he tested positive for a banned substance.

Canada beat Sweden 3-0 for the gold medal without Backstrom in the lineup. Backstrom was enjoying a first-rate tournament. He had four assists and led the team's centers in ice time before Sunday. He was getting ready for the game with his teammates when he learned he had to attend a hearing two hours before the game was scheduled to start. "I want to say I have absolutely nothing to hide," Backstrom said. "I have allergy problems. I've taken Zyrtec-D for many years. It was a little shocking to me, to be honest with you. . .I feel like I haven't done anything differently than the last seven years and I've been playing internationally for the last seven years and lots of games, and haven't seen this before. . .I've been here for two weeks now and [it is] probably the most fun I've ever had. I mean, great group of guys and I was ready to play probably the biggest game of my career and two-and-a-half hours before the game I got pulled aside. That is sad."
Source: NHL.com
Feb 23 - 5:32 PM

The coach of Team Sweden decided to remove Nicklas Backstrom's replacement on the first line during Sunday's 3-0 loss to Team Canada at the Sochi Olympics because he was losing too many faceoffs.

Backstrom was suspended for the game by the IOC for a doping-control violation. Swedish team doctor Bjorn Waldeback said the positive test was for an elevated level of pseudoephedrine, a substance found in the allergy medication Backstrom has been taking for years. Without injured Swedish centers Henrik Sedin and Henrik Zetterberg, Backstrom had assumed the role of No. 1 center, playing between Daniel Sedin and Loui Eriksson. When Backstrom suddenly wasn't available Sunday, Swedish coach Par Marts inserted Jimmie Ericsson, the only non-NHLer on the squad, onto the top line. Ericsson lost so many faceoffs to the Canadians that Marts replaced him first with Marcus Johansson and then Alexander Steen. "I think if we are going to compete with Canada we need all of our best players here and that didn't happen," Marts said. "We had some injuries, and of course Backstrom, that happened with him and of course that affected us. We are only human beings. . ."
Source: NHL.com
Feb 23 - 5:24 PM

Nicklas Backstrom will not be punished by the NHL for taking a banned substance during the Olympics.

Deputy commissioner Bill Daly put out the following: " We understand that Nicklas Backstrom tested positive for a substance banned 'in competition' by the International Olympic Committee. It is our further understanding that the positive test was the result of a common allergy medication taken by the player knowingly, with the approval of the team doctor and without the intention of gaining an illegal or improper performance-enhancing benefit. In addition, the specific substance that resulted in the positive test is not currently on the League's Prohibited Substances List.Subject to confirmation of the facts as we understand them, and given the fact that the substance is neither prohibited in the NHL nor was used in an improper manner here, we do not anticipate there being any consequences relative to Nicklas' eligibility to participate in games for the Washington Capitals."
Source: NHL.com
Feb 23 - 11:46 AM

Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Nicklas Backstrom was not allowed to play due to a positive test for a banned substance.

Yahoo! was apprised by the NHLPA that Backstrom was found with an illegal allergy medication in his system. He was apparently tested on Friday and was taken from the dressing room before warmups. Stay tuned.
Source: Yahoo!
Feb 23 - 9:04 AM

Nicklas Backstrom, who has a migraine headache, is still in the official lineup for Sweden.

The Swedes are likely hoping that Backstrom's migraine will subside and he will be able to play later in the game. Stay tuned.
Feb 23 - 7:12 AM

Depth Charts

All Positions
PosRoleName
C1Nicklas Backstrom
2Evgeny Kuznetsov
3Brooks Laich
4Jay Beagle
5Kris Newbury
LW1Marcus Johansson
2Joel Ward
3Jason Chimera
4Aaron Volpatti
RW1Alex Ovechkin
2Troy Brouwer
3Eric Fehr
4Ryan Stoa
5Tom Wilson
D1Matt Niskanen
2John Carlson
3Mike Green
4Karl Alzner
5Dmitry Orlov
6Brooks Orpik
7John Erskine
8Jack Hillen
G1Braden Holtby
2Justin Peters