Nicklas Backstrom News
Backstrom (upper-body) will return to the Capitals lineup on Thursday.
Backstrom has missed the last three games with an upper-body injury, but will return tonight vs. the Penguins. Backstrom has had a strong season, picking up 20 goals and 47 assists (67 points) in 73 games. He has been a point per game player in four games against Pittsburgh—picking up one goal and three assists.
Backstrom (upper-body) will not play on Tuesday.
Backstrom will miss his third consecutive game with an upper-body injury. Backstrom remains day-to-day and doesn’t appear to be in any danger of missing playoff time with this injury. With Backstrom out, Marcus Johansson is expected to remain on the top-line.
Backstrom (upper-body) will play on Thursday after leaving Wednesday's game early.
Backstrom (upper-body) left Wednesday’s game and did not return; questionable for Thursday.
Backstrom left after playing just 14:35 (averages 19:16) and did not return to the Capitals’ bench after leaving. Because the Capitals have a back-to-back, Backstrom’s status for Thursday’s game is up in the air. They won’t have a morning skate, so expect an update closer to puck-drop.
Backstrom (hip) will make his season debut on Saturday vs. the Hurricanes.
Backstrom missed the first three games of the season while rehabbing his surgically repaired hip. He has been practicing for over a week and is ready to return to the lineup tonight vs. the Hurricanes. Backstrom is coming off of a season in which he recorded 18 goals and 60 assists (78 points) in 82 games.
Backstrom (hip) has been cleared for contact; not expected to play on Thursday.
Backstrom, who returned to practice on Monday, has been cleared for full contact which is a great sign that the Capitals’ centre is nearing a return to the lineup. Backstrom is not expected to play tomorrow, but he could be back on Saturday vs. the Hurricanes. Monitor his status heading into the weekend.
Backstrom (hip) returned to practice on Monday; still not cleared for full contact.
Backstrom took part in some battle drills this morning, but hasn’t officially been cleared for contact. He is expect to meet with his surgeon this week and that will determine how much longer he will be out. Expect an update later in the week.
Backstrom (hip) is expected to miss at least the first four games of the regular season.
The Capitals had previously said that Backstrom was expected to play at some point during the first 10 games of the season, but Barry Trotz said today that Backstorm will miss at least the first four games. This early in the season, the Capitals will not rush their star centre back into action and risk getting him more injured.
Backstrom (hip) is expected to play during the first 10 games of the season.
Backstrom continues to rehab his hip after undergoing offseason surgery. He has not been cleared for practice, but he is expected to make his season debut before the end of October.
Backstrom (illness) is expected to play on Wednesday.
Backstrom missed Tuesday’s practice and Wednesday’s morning skate because of an illness, but is expected to play tonight vs. the Rangers. Backstrom has five assists in his last four games.
Backstrom (upper-body) said he will "absolutely" play Saturday vs. Boston.
After being injured on Tuesday in a big collision with Drew Doughty, Backstrom will miss no time and play on Saturday. Backstrom has two goals and 12 assists (14 points) in his last 14 games. His 57 assists ranks third in the NHL and his 70 points is good for 12th.
Backstrom (upper-body) participated in practice Thursday.
After leaving Tuesday's game with an upper-body injury, Backstrom did not practice on Wednesday, but has rejoined his teammates this morning. The Capitals are back in action on Saturday, so barring a setback it looks like Backstrom should be good-to-go. Monitor his status as Saturday's clash with the Bruins approaches.