Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 2 weeks 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 3 weeks 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 3 weeks 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.

Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 3 weeks ago

Backstrom sat out Tuesday's practice with the flu, Chuck Gormley of CSN Washington reports.

The Capitals were given Sunday and Monday off, but Backstrom was said to be dealing with flu-like symptoms and was given the day off. The Art Ross Trophy candidate's availability for Wednesday's crucial contest with the Rangers doesn't appear to be in question at this time, but keep an eye on his status tomorrow.

Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 3 weeks ago

Backstrom registered two assists and won 14 of 18 faceoffs in Saturday's 6-1 triumph over the Sabres.

Backstrom found linemates Alex Ovechkin on the power play and Marcus Johansson at even strength to bring his point total up to an impressive 69 over 61 games. The two helpers also give Backstrom a whopping 418 for his career, tying Michal Pivonka for the franchise record. The Swedish center is in the midst of his best season since compiling a career-best 101 points in 2009-10.

Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 4 weeks ago

Backstrom collected two assists -- one at even strength, the other on a power play -- on Alex Ovechkin goals Tuesday in a win over Columbus.

After uncharacteristically going three straight off the scoresheet, Backstrom's bounced back with three helpers and a plus-3 rating in his last two. He's still operating at better than a point-per-game pace on the year, and he'll eventually get around to finding the net again -- he's just short of his third career 20-goal season.

Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 1 month ago

Backstrom scored twice and picked up an assist -- all on power plays -- Thursday in a 5-1 win over Winnipeg.That's points in three straight for the star center, who's scoring at his best rate since his 101-point campaign back in 2009-10. With 63 points to show for 58 games now, he's one of few NHLers with a chance to clear 90 in this campaign.

Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 1 month ago

Backstrom assisted on both of Alexander Ovechkin's goals in Sunday's win over Anaheim.Backstrom, who has five assists in his last four games, is now leading the NHL with a whopping 43 helpers in 57 games this season. The first-line center is having a fantastic season and is on pace for his best offensive campaign in six years. Sitting third in the NHL scoring race with 59 points in 57 games, the elite playmaker needs to be in your lineup every game.

Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 2 months ago

Backstrom collected a pair of assists in Wednesday's 5-4 overtime win over the Sharks.Backstrom has one point or more in just over 63 percent of his games this campaign, making him one of the most dependable fantasy options. As an added bonus, the Swede has put up 21 of his 41 assists on the power play. Enjoy the ride if you're a Backstrom owner.

Nicklas Backstrom C WAS 2 months ago

Backstrom churned out a goal and assist in Tuesday's win over the Kings.

It's the third two-point outing for Backstrom in three games, who is on track to turn in his best season since his 101-point outburst in 2009-10. The primary reason for his ascendance has been an increase in puck luck, as he's ridden a career-high 15.4 shooting percentage to 16 goals, just two fewer than his total from all of last season.