The Score "Nicklas Backstrom's healthy. The pivot will return to the Washington Capitals' lineup Thursday against the Pittsburgh Penguins, head coach Barry Trotz confirmed. Backstrom missed three games with an upper-body injury. Asked if he'd have been able to play with the injury in the playoffs,..." April 07
Trotz said Backstrom is out. Not rest, but precautionary reasons related to injury.
Washington Post "While his coach and Washington Capitals teammates lobbied for him, Nicklas Backstrom made other plans. He hadn’t been selected to the NHL All-Star Game in his first eight years in the league, and he didn’t think this one would be different. That was just fine with Backstrom, who booked a vacation..." January 29
Yahoo! Sports "Nicklas Backstrom is the point-a-game playmaker who toils in the large shadow of Washington Capitals teammate Alex Ovechkin, goal-scoring rock star and a constant headliner on the NHL's marquee. So, it's not surprising the unassuming Backstrom has never really gotten more attention for his..." January 28