Nicklas Backstrom
C WSH
2 weeks ago

Backstrom dished out three assists in Monday's win over the Islanders.

EDGE Analysis

Backstrom set up both of Tom Wilson's goals and had a secondary assist on Alex Ovechkin's empty-net score. It's his seventh multi-point game of the year and he now has six goals and 28 points in 24 games, setting him on pace for 96 points and his best stat line since the 2009-10 campaign.

Nicklas Backstrom
C WSH
3 weeks ago

Backstrom scored the game-winning overtime goal and added an assist in a 3-2 victory against the Avalanche on Friday.

EDGE Analysis

The veteran center is playing well lately, but this was his first multi-point game since Nov. 3. Since that date, though, he's been rather consistent with three goals and nine points in eight games. As usual Backstrom has far more assists than goals, but that's to be expected, and owners have to love -- whether it continues or not -- that currently, he's on pace to set a new career-high in helpers.

Nicklas Backstrom
C WSH
1 month ago

Backstrom tallied an assist and two shots in 20:13 of ice time during Monday's 4-2 win over the Oilers.

EDGE Analysis

Backstrom has points in consecutive games following a three-game point drought, bringing him to three goals and 16 points in 13 games. The 30-year-old Swede would likely benefit from more even-strength playing time with Alex Ovechkin, but his production hasn't exactly declined despite playing predominantly with T.J. Oshie on the second line, so keep him in your lineup regularly.

Nicklas Backstrom
C WSH
2 months ago

Backstrom recorded two assists, a power-play point and four shots during Wednesday's 4-3 overtime win against the Rangers.

EDGE Analysis

Backstrom has been his usual stellar self in terms of helpers with eight assists in six games, but is starting to shoot the puck more on the man advantage. The 30-year-old Swede is one of the most dependable playmakers in the league and should be played regularly.

Nicklas Backstrom
C WSH
3 months ago

Backstrom recorded a goal and a minus-1 rating during Fridays 5-1 loss to the Hurricanes.

EDGE Analysis

Backstrom centered Jakub Vrana and T.J. Oshie on what is likely to be Washington's second line to start 2018-19. The 30-year-old Swede is as heady a playmaker as there is in the NHL, but his even-strength numbers may take a hit if he is separated from Alex Ovechkin for long stretches. However, he gets enough power-play production to warrant drafting fairly early in all formats.

Nicklas Backstrom
C WSH
3 months ago

Backstrom (finger) took part of an informal skate with teammates Tuesday, JJ Reagan of NBC Sports Washington reports.

EDGE Analysis

Backstrom appears fully recovered from a broken finger that sidelined him during the middle of Washington's Stanley Cup run. The 30-year-old Swede should be an early-round selection in all fantasy formats.

Nicklas Backstrom
C WSH
6 months 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.

Nicklas Backstrom
C WSH
7 months 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.

Nicklas Backstrom
C WSH
7 months 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.

Nicklas Backstrom
C WSH
7 months 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.