Backstrom has failed to register a point in the last six games.
The Swedish playmaker is in the midst of an unusually long scoring drought at the moment with his last point occurring Oct. 20, despite an increase in his shot production (16) over that time. Frustration on the part of fantasy owners is certainly warranted, but there is no reason to panic. The fourth overall pick from the 2006 NHL Entry Draft has been a consistent performer over his career, so things are bound to turn around for him soon. He's an excellent buy-low candidate if you can try and pluck him off a rival's roster.
Backstrom (illness) is expected to return to Washington's lineup for Saturday's game against the Oilers, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.
Backstrom missed Thursday's matchup with the Canucks due to an illness, but he'll return to his usual role skating on the Capitals' first line and top power-play unit Saturday. The Swedish pivot has enjoyed a red-hot start to the season, as he's already racked up 12 points (three goals, nine assists) in nine games.
Backstrom (illness) will not play Thursday against the Canucks, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.
Backstrom was questionable after not taking part in the morning skate, but with back-to-back games against the Oilers and the Flames this weekend, the coaching staff appears inclined to give the 29-year-old a night off to convalesce. Chandler Stephenson is expected to take his spot on the second line between Tom Wilson and T.J. Oshie.
Backstrom (illness) sat out the team's morning skate and is a game-time decision for Thursday's matchup in Vancouver.
The star pivot was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, so it's safe to surmise that Backstrom picked up the illness in the last 24 hours. A good indicator as to Backstrom's availability will be whether or not he takes the ice for warmups, unless of course official word has already been given by then. If Backstrom's unable to go, the recently recalled Chandler Stephenson will draw into the lineup and serve as the Caps' No. 2 center.
Backstrom had a power-play assist in Friday's 4-3 overtime win against the Red Wings.
The Swedish pivot has had a blistering start to the 2017-18 campaign with three goals and 12 points in eight games -- placing him near the top of the league leaders in the Art Ross Trophy race. Backstrom may not keep scoring at this incredible pace all season, but he's a reliable playmaker and high-end fantasy asset in all settings.