Nicklas Backstrom RUMORS & NEWS

  • Nicklas Backstrom is back for Washington

    Washington Post "The top center is officially in for Game 4, per the team. Backstrom missed the past four games with a right hand injury, and the Capitals won three of those. But with Washington coming off a 4-2 loss to the Lightning in Game 3, Backstrom will center a line with wingers..." May 17

  • Nicklas Backstrom may be nearing return from hand injury, even if it means no faceoffs

    Washington Post "As Nicklas Backstrom has become more and more active in his skating sessions, teammates have been careful not to ask too many questions. The Capitals are eager for their top center to return to the lineup — an injured right hand has sidelined him for the past four games — but they..." May 17

  • Nicklas Backstrom doubtful for Game 3 Capitals vs. Tampa

    Washington Times "Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom is doubtful for Game 3 against the Tampa Bay Lightning after not participating in the team’s line rushes during Tuesday’s morning skate. Backstrom will likely miss his fourth straight game with a right hand injury. He took..." May 15

  • Backstrom skates with Capitals, game-time decision for Eastern Final "Nicklas Backstrom participated in the morning skate with the Washington Capitals and is a game-time decision for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Final against the Tampa Bay Lightning at Amalie Arena on Sunday (8 p.m. ET; NBCSN, CBC, SN, TVAS), coach Barry Trotz said. The 30-year-old center has..." May 13

  • Nicklas Backstrom out for second straight game

    Washington Post "Nicklas Backstrom will miss a second straight game with a right hand injury. Backstrom skated with some light stickhandling on Thursday morning, but he wasn’t on the ice with the team on Friday. Center Lars Eller will center a second line with wingers T.J. Oshie and Jakub Vrana. The Capitals..." May 11

  • Capitals-Lightning Game 1: Nicklas Backstrom likely out, but Andre Burakovsky expected to play

    Washington Post "Capitals left wing Andre Burakovsky is expected back in the lineup after missing the past 10 games with an “upper-body” injury, but center Nicklas Backstrom will likely miss a second straight game. " May 11

  • Backstrom skates, day to day for Capitals heading into conference final "Nicklas Backstrom skated on his own for the first time Thursday since the Washington Capitals center injured his right hand blocking a shot in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference Second Round against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday. Backstrom remains day to day for the Capitals heading into..." May 10

  • Burakovsky returns to Caps practice ahead of Game 1 vs. Lightning, Backstrom does not

    NBC Sports Washington "Andre Burakovsky returned to practice in a non-contact jersey on Wednesday and, in the words of Coach Barry Trotz, has been upgraded from day-to-day to week-to-week. Burakovsky was not permitted to speak to reporters after practice but he did not seem to be overly encumbered by the upper-body..." May 09

  • Capitals-Penguins Game 6: Nicklas Backstrom will be a ‘game-time decision’

    Washington Post "Capitals Coach Barry Trotz said Backstrom is a “game-time decision.” He didn’t play most of the third period on Saturday night, and he seemed to get hurt blocking a shot with his hand during a penalty kill in the first period. Left wing Chandler Stephenson took faceoffs for Backstrom for the rest..." May 07

  • Trotz expects Backstrom, Carlson to suit up Monday in Pittsburgh

    NBC Sports Washington "Nicklas Backstrom is expected to suit up in Pittsburgh on Monday night as the Caps look to eliminate the Penguins in Game 6 of the teams’ second round series, Coach Barry Trotz said on Sunday. Backstrom suffered an upper-body injury Saturday night and did not finish the game, a 6-3 Caps’..." May 07

  • Backstrom leaves Game 5 hurt, Carlson takes big hit late

    Washington Times "Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom and defenseman John Carlson are being further evaluated for injuries, following the team’s 6-3 win over Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 5. Backstrom left the game shortly after his last shift 6:48 into the third period and did not return. Capitals coach Barry Trotz..." May 06

  • Carlson 'fine,' Backstrom expected to play but will be re-evaluated Monday

    The Score "The Washington Capitals' two key injured players appear to be good bets to suit up for Game 6 against the Pittsburgh Penguins on Monday night. Capitals head coach Barry Trotz said defenseman John Carlson is fine, and he expects Nicklas Backstrom to play but cautioned "we'll see where he is..." May 06