Backstrom registered his eighth goal of the season and a power-play assist in Wednesday night's win over the Jets. Regarding the goal, it was a textbook play as Dmitry Orlov worked quickly with Nate Schmidt to sync up with Backstrom for the tip-in. We know the Swedish center will pile on tons of assists - Backstrom's 60 helpers led the league last year - but his goal-scoring rate has been impressive as well, considering he's on pace to switch on the goal light 35 times in 2015-16. Backstrom's hip injury that required offseason surgery seems to be a distant memory at this point.
Backstrom scored his seventh goal of the year and notched the primary assist on Alex Ovechkin's record-breaking tally in Thursday's 3-2 loss to Dallas. Coach Barry Trotz reunited Backstrom with the struggling Alex Ovechkin, and the move paid off, as Ovi set the record for the most goals by a Russian-born player. Unfortunately, the rest of the Caps' offense didn't show up for this one, while the two stars both finished plus-2, so they're hardly on the hook for the loss.
Backstrom is set to play between Alex Ovechkin and T.J. Oshie on the top line during Wednesday's game in Detroit, Mike Vogel of Monumental Network reports. Backstrom has been practicing on the top line in recent days and is poised to reclaim his place alongside the reigning Rocket Richard Trophy winner in Ovechkin, an assignment that had been filled by Evgeny Kuznetsov in recent weeks. Backstrom's value certainly gets a boost for as long as this reunion lasts, and it's worth noting that Kuznetsov played extremely well with the increased responsibility, so don't be surprised to see the two rotate around throughout the season. Nevertheless, Backstrom needs to be played in all standard and daily fantasy leagues.
Backstrom scored a power-play goal and had an assist in Friday's win over the Oilers. Although he's only played four games this season, Backstrom has already racked up seven points, including two game-winning goals. The 27-year-old has scored four goals and is thriving once again alongside Alex Ovechkin on the Caps' top line. When healthy, Backstrom is simply one of the most reliable point producers around.
Backtrom (hip) said he will play Saturday night against the Hurricanes, CSN's Chuck Gormley reports. This is consistent with an earlier report that indicated Backstrom will be inserted on the second line. Backstrom, a spectacular playmaker who underwent hip surgery this past May, is likely to be paired with Marcus Johansson and Justin Williams. Backstrom could be rusty in his first game back, but he'll be a maintstay in most fantasy lineups once he proves that he's fully recovered.
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