Washington Capitals

Position
C
 
Jersey
19
Name  Nicklas Backstrom
Born  11/23/1987
Height  6-1
Weight  208
Shoots  L
4/8/2014 10:42:00 PM
Description: Nicklas Backstrom kept Washington's slim playoff hopes alive by providing two goals in Tuesday night's win over St. Louis.
Insight: Backstrom is now tied for seventh in the league in points (77). Depending on what happens over the last three games of the season, this could potentially be the first time since 2004 that a player other than Alex Ovechkin has led the Capitals in scoring.
 
3/27/2014 5:59:00 PM
Description: Washington center Nicklas Backstrom (upper body) practiced Thursday and said he will play Saturday, according to the Washington Post.
Insight: Backstrom (13 G, 57 A) suffered an injury in the second period Tuesday when Kings defenseman Drew Doughty slammed him into the glass and he had to leave the game.
 
3/26/2014 11:29:00 AM
Description: Washington center Nicklas Backstrom never returned to Tuesday's game after suffering an upper-body injury.
Insight: Backstrom (13 G, 57 A) suffered the injury in the second period when Kings defenseman Drew Doughty slammed him into the glass. According to csnwashington.com, coach Adam Oates said that Backstrom was removed for precautionary reasons. The Caps' next game is on Saturday against the Bruins, so Backstrom has three days to rest.
 
3/25/2014 8:37:00 PM
Description: Washington center Nicklas Backstrom suffered an upper-body injury Tuesday against Los Angeles. SOURCE: Katie Carrera, Washington Post
Insight: He's questionable to return. Backstrom's assist in the first period was his 70th point of the season.
 
2/27/2014 10:11:00 PM
Description: Caps center Nicklas Backstrom had two assists Thursday against the Panthers.
Insight: Backstrom was not allowed to participate in the gold medal game for Sweden in the Sochi Olympics for using an allergy medication that contained a banned substance, but the substance is not banned by the NHL and he wasn't disciplined. His 47 assists rank third in the NHL.
 
2/23/2014 12:34:00 PM
Description: NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly said he doesn't anticipate there being any consequences for Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom using a banned substance at the Olympics. SOURCE: nhl.com
Insight: Backstrom was not allowed to participate in the gold medal game for Sweden against Canada Sunday for using an allergy medication that contained a banned substance. The substance isn't prohibited by the NHL, however.
 
2/23/2014 10:12:00 AM
Description: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom didn't play for Sweden in the gold medal game against Canada Sunday because he tested positive for a banned substance, according to yahoosports.com.
Insight: An NHLPA source told Yahoo! Sports that Backstrom violated anti-doping rules after using an allergy medication. It was first reported that Backstrom would miss the game due to a migraine. Canada blanked Sweden, 3-0, to win its second straight men's ice hockey gold medal and third in four Olympics.
 
Cold1/17/2014 9:32:00 AM
Description: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom is tied for the team lead in points at 48, but for now he's on a line with Troy Brouwer and Eric Fehr and not "point machine" Alex Ovechkin.
Insight: Backstrom has 11 goals and 37 assists this season, but no points in his last three games. Coincidence? We think not.
 
Hot12/20/2013 9:46:00 PM
Description: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom had four assists and five SOG Friday at Carolina.
Insight: Backstrom had a hand in every goal Washington scored and now has 14 points over his last five games.
 
12/11/2013 11:15:00 AM
Description: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom has 32 points this season after picking up five Tuesday against Tampa Bay.
Insight: Alex Ovechkin scored four goals and Backstrom had an assist on all of them. He also added a goal, his seventh of the season.
 
Hot11/5/2013 10:39:00 PM
Description: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom had three assists Tuesday against the Islanders.
Insight: Having Alex Ovechkin back certainly helped Backstrom -- two of his three assists went to No. 8. The 25-year-old Backstrom has five goals and 14 assists in 15 games this season, production that should be sustainable.
 
Hot11/1/2013 10:10:00 PM
Description: Caps center Nicklas Backstrom netted two goals and an assist Friday in a blowout victory over Philadelphia.
Insight: It didn't take long for this one to get out of hand. Washington jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two periods and added another for good measure in the third. The 25-year-old Backstrom now has four goals for the season.
 
Hot10/3/2013 10:39:00 PM
Description: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom has four points in the first two games.
Insight: Backstrom had two assists in the season opener and a goal and one assist Thursday against the Flames. The 25-year-old's floor is 15 goals and 65 assists this season.
 
Hot4/23/2013 9:54:00 PM
Description: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom had a goal and an assist Tuesday against Winnipeg.
Insight: Backstrom has four points over the last two games and 48 points in 46 games this season. It's the fourth time in the last five seasons he has performed at a 1.0 ppg pace.
 
Hot4/20/2013 4:48:00 PM
Description: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (arm) is expected to play Saturday.
Insight: Backstrom left Thursday's game after his arm was struck by the puck, but he took part in the morning skate Saturday.
 
Hot4/6/2013 10:11:00 PM
Description: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom made it another three assists Saturday against Florida.
Insight: Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin were reunited on the team's top line in mid-March and it has allowed Backstrom's fantasy value to soar. He has three goals and 14 assists over his last 11 games and six goals and 33 assists in 38 games this season.
 
Hot4/2/2013 10:11:00 PM
Description: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom assisted on four of Washington's five goals Tuesday against the Hurricanes and finished the night with a +3.
Insight: Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin have been reunited on the team's top line since mid-March and it has allowed his fantasy value to soar. He has three goals and 10 assists over his last nine games and six goals and 29 assists in 36 games this season.
 
Hot3/21/2013 10:36:00 PM
Description: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom scored his fourth goal of the season Thursday against Winnipeg. He added assist No. 22 and three SOG.
Insight: Backstrom and Alex Ovechkin have been reunited on the team's top line over the last few games after being split up in midseason. Obviously, being with Ovechkin is a better arrangement for Backstrom's fantasy value.
 
Hot3/9/2013 6:36:00 PM
Description: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom scored his third goal of the season Saturday against the Islanders.
Insight: Backstrom has never been a big-time goal scorer but he can pile up the assists. He has compiled 19 points over his last 18 games.
 
2/26/2013 5:46:00 PM
Description: Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom (illness) participated in the morning skate Tuesday and said he plans to play against the Hurricanes tonight.
Insight: Backstrom only has one goal through 17 games but he has made up for it with 12 assists and 29 SOG. He isn't playing at his 101-point level of 2009-10 but he's still a valuable fantasy forward who can explode at any time, particularly if Alex Ovechkin gets hot.
 

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