5 years ago

Nicklas Backstrom's health figures to be the Capitals' biggest question mark heading into the new season.

Backstrom played just 42 games last season because of a concussion, and he's dealing with a neck injury now, which is an injury he suffered in the KHL. He will visit a specialist before camp. "Nicky's one of our go-to guys in the locker room, go-to guys on the ice. He's a leader on our team. We're going to miss him, without a doubt," forward Matt Hendricks said. "We're going to miss the way he plays and the way he produces and things like that. But we're going to do our best to win hockey games without him if he's not going to be around."