Nicklas Backstrom will play in his 1,000th game Thursday against the Sabres. Capitals players will all wear no. 19 jerseys during warmups.
Nicklas Backstrom will become the 356th player in NHL history to play in 1,000 games Thursday against the Buffalo Sabres. When the puck drops, the Swedish center will officially join Alex Ovechkin as the second player in franchise history to play in 1,000 games for the Capitals.
Wednesday, in anticipation of the big game, the Capitals announced several tributes they have planned to honor Backstrom on his milestone.