Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 4 weeks ago

Backstrom registered an assist on Joel Ward's game-winning goal in Thursday's Game 1 victory over the Rangers.

Backstrom nearly came away with two points on the evening, but Rangers netminder Henrik Lundqvist made a nice glove save on the Swedish center's shot attempt on net with just over five minutes remaining in the second period. The 27-year-old would make his mark later on, as he was able to avoid a penalty on a hit from behind on New York's Dan Boyle that eventually resulted in Ward's goal, and a secondary assist for Backstrom, who had been held off the score sheet for the final three games of the first round. Quality scoring attempts may be harder to come by in this series against the Presidents' Trophy winners, but the top line of Backstrom, Ward, and Alex Ovechkin got the better of the Rangers in Game 1.

Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 1 month ago

Backstrom scored Game 4's winning goal in the third period and added an assist Tuesday in a 2-1 victory over the Islanders.

Since going scoreless in Game 1, Backstrom has lit aflame, scoring goals in three consecutive games and adding three assists. He was driving the Washington offense even when Alex Ovechkin wasn't able to hit the scoresheet, and if that doesn't prove his value to this team -- and to fantasy owners -- nothing will.

Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 1 month ago

Backstrom scored his second goal of the playoffs in Sunday's Game 3 overtime loss to the Islanders.

Backstrom temporarily appeared as though he might be the hero in this one as he tied it up with just over six minutes remaining in regulation, but the comeback fell short as the Isles struck early in overtime. Goal-scoring wasn't a regular asset of his game -- with his last regular season tally coming on Feb. 19 -- but the 27-year-old has exploded for four points, including two goals, in the past two games of the series.

Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 1 month ago

Backstrom scored his first goal of the playoffs and added two assists in Friday's Game 2 win over the Islanders.

A monster outing from Backstrom, who scored his goal with the man advantage. If the Capitals hope to get past the Islanders, the dynamic duo of Backstrom and Alexander Ovechkin will need to be better than the Islanders' top duo of John Tavares and Kyle Okposo. Backstrom now has 46 points in 59 playoff games and is showing once again why he is one of the best point producers around.

Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 2 months ago

Backstrom collected two assists in Wednesday's 3-0 win over the Bruins.

Backstrom has four points in his last four games, and hasn't been far off that pace for the entire year. He now has 18 goals in 81 games, and currently ranks second in the entire league with 59 assists.

Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 2 months ago

Backstrom collected an assist on Alex Ovechkin's power-play goal during Washington's 5-4 OT win against Montreal.

The assist gives Backstrom just his second point in the last six games as he's going through a bit of a slump for a player of his offensive caliber, not helped by the fact that he has been centering Marcus Johansson and Troy Brouwer on the second line for the last three games instead of getting consistent even-strength minutes alongside Alex Ovechkin. Still, the talented Swede is tied for the league lead in assists and is tied for fifth in the Art Ross Trophy race, so he's a must start the rest of the way.

Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 2 months ago

Backstrom collected an assist in Sunday's 5-2 win over the Rangers.

Backstrom set up (who else?) Alexander Ovechkin on a second-period power-play tally, giving the Swedish center his first point in four games. That minor drought shouldn't alarm anybody, as Backstrom is still has an automatic lineup spot on lockdown for his fantasy owners while he co-owns the NHL lead with 55 assists.

Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 2 months ago

Backstrom picked up two assists in Sunday's win over the Bruins.

Backstrom continues to rack up the helpers, as he's now recorded a league-high 53 assists in 70 games. He's up to 71 points in 70 games on the season and is an absolute force for a Washington team now occupying the first wild card spot in the Eastern Conference. You know what to do.

Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 2 months ago

Backstrom (illness) will play Wednesday against the Rangers.

Backstrom was slowed by an illness this week, but he will be able to take the ice Wednesday night. He will center the Capitals' top line as he regularly does.

Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 2 months ago

Coach Barry Trotz said that he expects Backstrom (illness) to play Wednesday against the Rangers, Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington reports.

Backstrom was absent from Wednesday's morning skate due to the illness, but it may have just been a measure to afford him as much recovery time as possible before the 8:00 ET start time. It doesn't sound like Backstrom's status will come down to a game-time decision, but unless Trotz meets with the media later in the afternoon, the center's availability likely won't be officially articulated until pregame warmups. Fantasy owners will want to check back in on Backstrom prior to Wednesday's puck drop.