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Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom: Goal and assist in victory
Backstrom scored a goal and an assist on two shots, leading the Capitals to a 6-1 win over the Blackhawks on Thursday.
The second star of the game, Backstrom would give the Capitals a 4-0 lead on the power play, scoring on a loose puck in front of Anton Khudobin. The Swedish forward would also add an assist on John Carlson's power-play goal. Backstrom seems to be heating up as of late, scoring points in four of his last five games with five points in that span. On the season, Backstrom has six goals and 17 points in 30 games.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom: Scores in loss Friday
Backstrom collected a goal in a 5-2 loss to St. Louis on Friday.
Backstrom didn't make his season debut until Jan. 8 because of a hip injury, and he hasn't lived up to his usual offensive standards since returning. Through 27 outings in 2022-23, Backstrom has five goals and 14 points. The 35-year-old has recorded a point in three of his last four games though, so perhaps he's heating up.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom: Scores goal vs. Islanders
Backstrom netted a goal in Saturday's 5-1 win over the Islanders.
Backstrom's marker in the third period extended the Capitals' lead to 5-1. He's up to four goals and 12 points in 24 contests this season. Backstrom didn't score a goal over his previous nine outings, though he did have four assists in that span.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom: Supplies power-play assist
Backstrom logged a power-play assist in Monday's 4-2 loss to the Kings.
Backstrom helped out on Alex Ovechkin's third-period tally. While he hasn't scored in his last eight games, Backstrom has provided four assists, including three on the power play, in that span. The 35-year-old center has 11 points, 34 shots on net, 18 hits, 12 blocked shots and a minus-14 rating through 22 contests this season.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom: Garners helper Wednesday
Backstrom notched an assist in Wednesday's 3-2 overtime win over the Ducks.
Backstrom has picked up three helpers over his last six games, though he's also gone minus-3 in that span. The 35-year-old center is up to 10 points through 20 contests this season, and he's added 33 shots on net, 16 hits, 12 blocked shots and a minus-13 rating while filling a middle-six spot in the lineup.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom: Another power-play goal
Backstrom scored a power-play goal Saturday in a 2-1 win over Boston.
It was his second power-play snipe in his last three games. Backstrom has six points in 11 games since his return from offseason hip surgery. Just beware his plus-minus -- he has been burned with a minus-seven rating over his last seven games. It could be a sign his foot speed is lagging at even strength. Backstrom could still deliver solid fantasy scoring over the last 30 games with the right deployment, including continued power play time.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom: Nets first of season
Backstrom scored a goal on two shots in Sunday's 5-1 loss to the Maple Leafs.
Backstrom opened the scoring Sunday on the power play, firing a wrist shot through traffic that got past Ilya Samsonov. It's the first goal of the season for Backstrom in his eighth game since returning from offseason hip surgery. The 35-year-old center now has six points on the year after recording 31 points (six goals, 25 assists) in 47 games last season.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom: Returns to practice
Backstrom (illness) was back on the ice in the lead-up to Thursday's clash with Pittsburgh, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.
After missing out versus the Avs on Tuesday, Backstrom appears set to get back on the ice Thursday. Since making his season debut Jan. 8 versus the Blue Jackets, Backstrom is still searching for his first goal of the season while recording three assists, 14 shots and seven hits in seven contests. Backstrom should be in line for not only a top-six role but also seeing minutes with the No. 1 power-play unit.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom: Not playing Tuesday
Backstrom (illness) won't play Tuesday versus the Avalanche.
Backstrom and T.J. Oshie (personal) are both unavailable, while Alex Ovechkin (lower body) is a game-time decision, which could leave the Capitals thin up front. Alexei Protas will likely take Backstrom's place in the lineup Tuesday.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom: Bags apple Thursday
Backstrom tallied an assist and three shots during Thursday's 4-0 win over the Coyotes.
Despite coming close to netting his first goal of the season, Backstrom came away from Washington's 4-0 victory with his third helper in six games since returning from major hip surgery in the offseason. The 35-year-old should only get better as he shakes the rust off, so fantasy managers patient enough to stash Backstrom on their rosters should get some healthy dividends for the balance of the 2022-23 season.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom: Supplies helper Monday
Backstrom notched an assist, three shots on goal and three blocked shots in Monday's 4-3 overtime win over the Islanders.
Backstrom has logged two assists over four contests since making his season debut last Sunday. The 35-year-old has slowly built up his ice time -- he ranked third among Capitals forwards with 18:29 in Monday's victory. The center has added seven shots on net, five hits, four blocked shots and a plus-1 rating. He's maintained a middle-six role, but there's always a possibility he could eventually reunite with Alex Ovechkin on the top line.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom: Picks up assist in loss
Backstrom recorded an assist against the Flyers on Wednesday, his first point of the 2022-23 campaign.
Backstrom is just two games back from a long-term injury absence and was able to open his point account Wednesday. Even with only about half the season remaining, the veteran center should still be capable of pushing for the 30-point threshold.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom: Returning Sunday
Backstrom (hip) will make his season debut against the Blue Jackets on Sunday.
Backstrom has come a long way since undergoing offseason hip re-surfacing surgery to return from an injury that was speculated to keep him out of the lineup for most of the season. The 35-year-old is likely to reclaim his spot in the top six and on the top power-play unit, but line combinations are still in flux with Tom Wilson (knee) set to return to action Sunday versus Columbus as well. Fantasy managers should keep short-term expectations in check as Backstrom will likely need some time to shake the rust off given his lengthy absence, but get ready to plug him into your lineups.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom: Practicing Monday
Backstrom (hip) was cleared from COVID-19 protocols and was on the ice for Monday's practice, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.
Backstrom landed in the virus protocols while working his way back from a hip injury that has held him out the entire season to this point. The 35-year-old is taking contact and going through normal practice routines indicating a likely return in the not-too-distant future, but an exact return date has yet to be announced so fantasy managers will have to continue to be patient.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom: Lands in virus protocols
Backstrom (hip) entered the NHL's COVID-19 protocols Wednesday, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.
Although he began practicing in a full-contact jersey on Dec. 17, Backstrom's still on long-term injured reserve and remains without a clear-cut timetable for his season debut, so this latest development may not affect his timeline. Another update on the 35-year-old Swede should surface once he's activated off the NHL's COVID-19 protocols list.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom: Practicing in full-contact jersey
Backstrom (hip) practiced in a full-contact jersey Saturday, per Tarik El-Bashir of The Athletic.
Backstrom has yet to play this season after undergoing hip surgery in June. Practicing without limitations is a big step toward his return to the lineup, though a definite timeline has yet to be established. The 35-year-old center logged six goals and 25 assists in 47 games last year.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom: Ramping up involvement
Backstrom (hip) is now traveling with the Capitals and ramping up his involvement in practices, but he remains without a timetable for his return to action, Tarik El-Bashir of The Athletic reports.
This is certainly encouraging news for Backstrom, who has yet to play this season after undergoing left hip resurfacing surgery in mid-June, but he remains without a definite timeline to make his season debut. If and when he's cleared to play, the Capitals may ease Backstrom back into action by limiting his ice time early on.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom: On the ice Saturday
Backstrom (hip) is skating before practice Saturday, according to Stephen Whyno of the Associated Press.
This is a great first step for Backstrom, who missed training camp and the first 19 games of the season while recovering from offseason hip resurfacing surgery. Don't expect Backstrom back until January at the earliest.... See More ... See Less
Capitals' Nicklas Backstrom: Going on LTIR
Backstrom (hip) was moved to long-term injured reserve Monday, Samantha Pell of The Washington Post reports.
Backstrom underwent left hip resurfacing surgery in mid-June. A timetable for his return has not been provided, but it is expected to be a "lengthy" process.... See More ... See Less
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|Birthplace: Gavle, Sweden|