Nicklas Backstrom had a strong opening night for the Caps. He had two beautiful assists, a 59 percent shot attempt percentage, and won 69 percent of the draws he took. Barry Trotz was thrilled with the way his second line played. Backstrom was the driving force behind the success.
Backstrom’s assist on the Caps’ second goal was what I kept going back to when re-watching parts of the game. From the patience and vision shown, to the execution of the pass, this play was a perfect example of what makes Backstrom one the the NHL’s best centers.