OUTNicklas Backstrom
C WSH
5 days ago

Backstrom will not need surgery to repair two fractures in his finger, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Backstrom missed four outings due to injury, but was able to help the Caps close out the last nine games of the season and lift Lord Stanley's Cup, as he tallied 10 points in those final contests. Considering the center won't need surgery, its seems unlikely his finger will linger into the 2018-19 campaign.

OUTNicklas Backstrom
C WSH
1 month ago

Backstrom (upper body) joined his team for pregame warmups and will make his return for Thursday's Game 4 showdown against the Lightning, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Backstrom will suit up for the first time this series, as he's missed the four straight games since being injured during Game 5 last series against Pittsburgh. Washington is 3-1 in his absence, but his presence will be a huge boost for his team's offense. The 30-year-old Swede has 13 points in 11 postseason contests and 71 during the regular season. Backstrom will center the third line with Chandler Stephenson and Brett Connolly on his wings.

OUTNicklas Backstrom
C WSH
1 month ago

Backstrom (upper body) will be a game-time decision versus the Lightning on Thursday, Brian McNally of NHL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Capitals, as expected, are being vague about Backstrom's condition ahead of Game 4 despite giving him the day-to-day label. He hasn't played at all in the conference finals but the Swede has game-breaking passing skills and there's no doubt that a healthy Backstrom would make a tangible difference in the team's effort to sneak past the Bolts. Consider checking back around pregame warmups to see if Backstrom will be fit to play.

OUTNicklas Backstrom
C WSH
1 month ago

Backstrom (upper body) will sit out for Game 4 against the Lightning on Tuesday, Tom Gulitti of NHL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Backstrom has been practicing, but this will be the fourth straight game he watches from the press box. The Capitals have a 2-0 edge in the conference finals, so there's no reason to rush their play-making pivot back into the lineup. Before his injury, Backstrom notched three goals and 10 helpers in 11 postseason games, and his next chance to suit up will be Thursday.

OUTNicklas Backstrom
C WSH
1 month ago

Backstrom (upper body) is still day-to-day and hasn't been ruled out for Tuesday's Game 3 contest versus the Lightning, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

For what it's worth, Khurshudyan is hedging against Backstrom suiting up. The Capitals have taken a commanding 2-0 lead in the conference finals and there's not a pressing need to force Backstrom into the lineup in his current state, especially with Lars Eller uncorking two goals and two assists to the detriment of the Bolts through the first two games.

OUTNicklas Backstrom
C WSH
1 month ago

Backstrom (upper body) isn't participating in warmups and won't play in Sunday's Game 2 against Tampa Bay, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Originally, the pivot sustained his injury during Game 5 of the second-round series against Pittsburgh, and he's now been sidelined for over a week as this is his third straight missed game. Since Backstrom did skate during practice Sunday and has resumed stick-handling, there are reasons to be optimistic for Tuesday's Game 3 against Tampa Bay as a potential return. While the 30-year-old remains out, Lars Eller should continue to take over his role on the second forward line and first power-play unit.

OUTNicklas Backstrom
C WSH
1 month ago

Backstrom (upper body) is a game-time decision for Game 2 against the Lightning on Sunday, Brian McNally of NHL.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Head coach Barry Trotz pegged Backstrom with the game-time label, but all signs point to him sitting out again. Backstrom didn't take line rushes or participate in the power play during Sunday's morning skate, and the 30-year-old pivot also stayed on the ice late with the scratches. If Backstrom is indeed out, Lars Eller will continue to man the second line in his place.

OUTNicklas Backstrom
C WSH
1 month ago

Head coach Barry Trotz is "optimistic" Backstrom (upper body) will be able to return at some point during the Eastern Conference finals, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Backstrom worked out Saturday, but didn't participate in any on-ice activities, which would seem to indicate he's not particularly close to returning to game action. Trotz's optimism that the Swedish pivot will be ready to return at some point during the Eastern Conference finals doesn't bode well for his availability for Game 2, but his status for that contest should be confirmed prior to puck drop Sunday evening.

OUTNicklas Backstrom
C WSH
1 month ago

Backstrom (upper body) isn't on the ice for pregame warmups, indicating he won't be in the lineup for Friday's Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against Tampa Bay, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Backstrom also missed Monday's Game 6 against the Penguins due to his upper-body injury, but the Capitals were able to pull out a series-clinching 2-1 victory in that contest, so they'll hope to have similar success without one of their best players on the ice again Friday. Lars Eller will continue to fill in on Washington's second line and top power-play unit until Backstrom is given the green light to return.

OUTNicklas Backstrom
C WSH
1 month ago

Backstrom (upper body) will be a game-time decision for Friday's Game 1 matchup against the Lightning, Joe Smith of the Tampa Bay Times reports.

EDGE Analysis

Backstrom missed the decisive Game 6 contest versus the Penguins on Monday due to his upper-body injury and now it appears he could be watching from the press box Friday as well. If the center is unable to give it a go, Lars Eller is slated to replace him both on the second line and the power play. Prior to getting hurt, Backstrom racked up 13 points in his 11 postseason outings.