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Nicklas Backstrom | Center

Team: Washington Capitals
Age / DOB:  (28) / 11/23/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 213
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Nicklas Backstrom recorded an assist in Washington's 2-1 overtime win on Wednesday.
Backstrom has six goals and 13 points in 14 contests this season. His point pace is one he's capable of maintaining, although his goals to assists ratio is typically not nearly so even. Nov 19 - 11:31 AM

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Nicklas Backstrom will center the first line Wednesday night.

He will play between Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie, which drops Evgeny Kuznetsov to the second line with Marcus Johansson and Andre Burakovsky. Backstrom and Ovechkin have played on the power play together, but they haven't seen even-strength time as a duo this season.
Nov 18 - 5:57 PM

Nicklas Backstrom was on the same line as Alex Ovechkin during Monday's practice.

That put Evgeny Kuznetsov on the second line, but the change may not extend into Washington's next game. "I don't even know if that's how we'll be," coach Barry Trotz said. "I just wanted to change it up and change the thought process a little bit. I think we can be better in some areas, and I haven't put Backy and Osh and Ovi together to see how that looks. To me, Kuzy and him are both very talented." Backstrom has racked up six goals and six assists in 13 games this season.
Nov 16 - 2:26 PM

Nicklas Backstrom scored a goal and registered an assist in the Capitals' come-from-behind 3-2 overtime win over Toronto Saturday night.

Backstrom scored the tying goal with only .8 seconds left in regulation time knocking home a rebound at the side of the net to beat James Reimer. Alexander Ovechkin scored the Capitals' other goal in regulation, his 483th career marker, which tied him with the legendary Sergei Fedorov for the most NHL goals by a Russian-born player. For good measure, Ovechkin won the game by scoring in the fourth round of the shootout. T.J. Oshie, Justin Williams and Evgeny Kuznetsov all registered assists in the victory.
Nov 7 - 11:11 PM

Nicklas Backstrom stayed hot, picking up two more points in Friday's 7-4 win over Edmonton.

Believe it or not, Backstrom started the season hurt and played in only his fourth game tonight. Yet Backstrom already has four goals and seven points, and three multi-point games. Seems the kid will be alright after all.
Oct 24 - 12:59 AM

Nicklas Backstrom scored twice in the Capitals 6-2 win over Calgary on Tuesday.

Backstrom has now picked up five points in two games since returning to the Capitals lineup. If you got him at any sort of discount because of the off-season surgery, you are laughing. He is at top option at the center position every night.
Oct 21 - 1:29 AM

Nicklas Backstrom was voted by his peers as the most underrated player in the NHL.

Yahoo's Puck Daddy conducted a poll of 27 players and Backstrom won with four votes. John Tavares was just behind him with three, while Jamie Benn and Marian Hossa were the only other players who received more than one vote. None of these players are underrated in our books, especially when it comes to fantasy hockey.
Oct 20 - 6:26 PM

Nicklas Backstrom is very happy that he had off-season hip surgery.

Backstrom was expected to miss about four-six weeks of the season when he had the surgery in June but he recovered a lot quicker than originally thought and he ended up missing only 10 days. Backstrom had a triumphant return to the ice with a goal and two assists. "That’s how special he is," coach Barry Trotz said. "When you watch a guy who hasn’t played any exhibition games and he comes into a National Hockey League game against a fast team and he looks like he never missed a beat, you realize how good he is and what he does for our team once he’s back in the lineup. It looked pretty easy for him."
Oct 18 - 10:47 AM

Nicklas Backstrom registered three points in his return to the lineup, a 4-1 Capitals’ win against the Hurricanes on Saturday night.

He had a goal and two helpers. Not a bad way to start off your season. Backstrom had not gotten into a game since last year's postseason because he was recovering from offseason hip surgery that limited him to this point. Expect him to be one of the more productive centers. T.J. Oshie (goal, assist), Alex Ovechkin and John Carlson notched the other goals.
Oct 17 - 10:33 PM

Nicklas Backstrom (hip) will make his regular season debut against Carolina on Saturday.

Backstrom had arthroscopic hip surgery in May, and is finally ready to return. He will skate on a line with Marcus Johansson and Justin Williams during the team's morning skate on Saturday. The 27-year-old 18 goals and 78 points in 82 games in 2014-15. He is a must-start in all fantasy formats.
Oct 17 - 5:47 PM

Nicklas Backstrom (hip) is "a possibility for Saturday," according to Capitals coach Barry Trotz.

"I'm not going to confirm or deny anything, but he's feeling better and every time a player tells me I'm feeling better and better I say there's a possibility," Trotz added. Even if Backstrom is ultimately held out of that game, it seems he's return is now measured in days, not weeks. Backstrom will probably play alongside Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie when he returns, but that hasn't been confirmed.
Oct 15 - 1:50 PM

Nicklas Backstrom (hip) has been given the green light for full contact.

Backstrom might be able to return as soon as Thursday, although that's unlikely. "It's probably going to be day-to-day," Capitals coach Barry Trotz said. "He got bumped a little bit today and we'll see how he feels tomorrow. We'll just sort of take it day by day. Obviously, when a guy gets cleared it falls into a shorter time period. Also, how he feels once you bump him around a little bit and check him out." Once Backstrom is healthy he will likely play alongside Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie.
Oct 14 - 4:47 PM

Nicklas Backstrom (hip) hasn't been cleared for full contact yet, but he skated Monday in a non-contact practice jersey.

His sweater color change allowed him to participate in more drills, but his meeting with his surgeon this week should give a clearer timetable of when he will be able to return to the lineup. "It's pretty much up to the doctor," Backstrom said. "We're going to have a discussion and see what decision we make and go from there. It's very important we're all on the same page here and we don't rush into a decision." Once he gets clearance, coach Barry Trotz could get Backstrom back in the lineup after he takes part in just one or two practices.
Oct 12 - 2:15 PM

Nicklas Backstrom (hip) is making progress.

"Originally, it was zero to 10 games," GM Brian MacLellan said. "Now, it seems to be four or five games. There's still uncertainty there, but it looks like he's progressing well." Backstrom is slated to visit with his surgeon next week to get a better idea where he stands and the Capitals could have a clearer timetable after that. He practiced without contact on Tuesday.
Oct 6 - 6:40 PM

Nicklas Backstrom (hip) is expected to miss at least four regular season games.

Backstrom is recovering from offseason arthroscopic hip surgery. A return for the start of November is being labelled as the "worst-case scenario," which would involve him missing the first 10 games of the regular season. Although we are somewhat concerned about the possibility that it will take him some time to get back into the swing of things once he returns, he's still likely to be nearly a point-per-game player this season.
Oct 2 - 11:41 AM

Depth Charts

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