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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.

Source: @washcaps 04/7/16, 7:20 am EST

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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.

Source: Chuck Gormley 12/31/15, 5:00 am EST

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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.

Source: Chuck Gormley 10/17/15, 7:24 am EST

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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.

Source: Chuck Gormley 10/14/15, 9:03 am EST

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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.

Source: Isabelle Khurshudyan 10/1/15, 11:26 am EST

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