OUTNicklas Backstrom
C WSH
3 months ago

Backstrom will not participate in the 2019 IIHF World Championship.

EDGE Analysis

Backstrom listed "injury" as the reason for declining the invitation, and though he hinted that he was bothered by some kind of ailment during the playoffs, no further update has been provided. The 31-year-old center finished with 74 points in 80 games -- while adding five goals and eight points in seven postseason contests -- during 2018-19 and should be a top fantasy playmaker again in 2019-20.

OUTNicklas Backstrom
C WSH
3 months ago

Backstrom scored twice on four shots and added two helpers in Saturday's 6-0 win over the Hurricanes in Game 5.

EDGE Analysis

The four-point outing doubled his playoff output to eight points. Backstrom has taken on the finisher role with five goals in as many games in the series. He's added 11 hits and 15 shots on goal. Three of his points have come with a man advantage.

OUTNicklas Backstrom
C WSH
3 months ago

Backstrom scored a goal on four shots and added a helper in Saturday's 4-3 overtime win against the Hurricanes in Game 2 of their first-round series.

EDGE Analysis

Backstrom has been on fire to open the series, scoring three times across the two games to pace the Capitals' offense. He's more noted as a playmaker, but fantasy owners will certainly appreciate the goals as well. Backstrom had 74 points in 80 contests this season, and he's living up to his first-line center role quite effectively so far in the playoffs.

OUTNicklas Backstrom
C WSH
3 months ago

Backstrom scored the game's first two goals, as Washington defeated Carolina 4-2 on Thursday in Game 1 of the best-of-seven series.

EDGE Analysis

Backstrom's second goal was of the power-play variety and doubled Washington's lead before Alex Ovechkin stretched it to three prior to the end of the first period. Carolina would get to within one goal, but the Capitals would ultimately hold on for a critical Game 1 victory.

OUTNicklas Backstrom
C WSH
3 months ago

Backstrom (rest) suited up for Monday's practice, JJ Regan of NBC Sports Washington reports.

EDGE Analysis

Backstrom was rested for Saturday's game against the Islanders and is expected to play in Game 1 of Washington's series against the Hurricanes. The Swede will likely be an elite postseason fantasy option after producing 74 points in 80 games this campaign.

OUTNicklas Backstrom
C WSH
4 months ago

As expected, Backstrom (rest) won't play Saturday against the Islanders, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

Backstrom will get a break ahead of the Stanley Cup quarterfinals against the Hurricanes. The elite playmaker finishes the regular season with 22 goals and 52 assists -- including 25 power-play points -- over 80 games.

OUTNicklas Backstrom
C WSH
4 months ago

Backstrom wore a white jersey at morning skate Saturday, which suggests that he could miss the regular-season finale against the Islanders for rest, Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post reports.

EDGE Analysis

We'll be looking out for official confirmation from the Capitals that Backstrom will be rested in the final regular-season showdown, but it certainly appears that he's trending that way since Khurshudyan notes that top-six, power-play participants at morning skate usually wear red.

OUTNicklas Backstrom
C WSH
4 months ago

Backstrom scored two goals and added an assist in Saturday's 6-3 win over Tampa Bay.

EDGE Analysis

Backstrom now has 21 goals and 73 points, and has recorded at least 20 goals for four straight seasons and at least 70 points for six. Talk about consistency. Backstrom is an automatic play.

OUTNicklas Backstrom
C WSH
4 months ago

Backstrom registered an assist while logging 14:37 of ice time during Tuesday's 4-1 win over the Devils.

EDGE Analysis

Backstrom has hit the 50-helper mark in each of the last five seasons and is second only to San Jose's Joe Thornton for the most 50-assist seasons among active players with nine in his 13 seasons as a pro. This is further proof that the 31-year-old center is one of the top playmakers in the game and a must-start every time he takes the ice.

OUTNicklas Backstrom
C WSH
4 months ago

Backstrom picked up two assists, one on the power play, in Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Penguins.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran playmaker has hit the scoresheet in four straight games and seven of the last eight, racking up five goals and 11 points over that stretch, Backstrom is now three points shy of his sixth straight 70-point campaign, but given his current form and the games left on the calendar, his fourth career 80-point season isn't out of the question.