Nicklas Backstrom led the Washington Capitals in points and assists this season, and yet his linemates tend to score a lot more when they’re with The Other Guy.
Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom spoke to top Swedish news outlet Expressen about playing through injuries and his plans for offseason recuperation, but what you really want to hear is his confidence about a new contract for Alex Ovechkin.
Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom will not play in the 2021 IIHF World Championship after getting an invite from Team Sweden.
Aftonbladet’s Per Bjurman reported that “Bäckström has a problem with his hip” according to a translation from RMNB’s Magnus Cadelin.
Caps general manager Brian MacLellan was asked about the report during Capitals’ Breakdown Day on Wednesday.
After winning Game One in overtime against the Boston Bruins, the Washington Capitals lost four consecutive games and were eliminated in the first round of the postseason for the third consecutive year.
The cornerstones of the Capitals, Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, spoke to the press after Game Five as well as head coach Peter Laviolette – the veteran, Stanley Cup-winning head coach that was hired to get the team deeper in the postseason.
The coach and his players touched on what went wrong, addressed the suspicion that many of the Capitals’ stars were playing hurt, and spoke about the floundering power play. They also struggled to accept the team’s fate after finishing the regular season with the fifth-most standings points in the NHL.
“Nobody wants to lose right?” Ovechkin said. “We try to do best that we can. Obviously we can do better. It sucks. It’s a bad feeling when you have a pretty good team.”
The Washington Capitals entered the 2020-21 season with a new coach that had been there, lots of veteran leadership, and one of the most imposing rosters in the NHL. But after being blitzed by the Boston Bruins in Game Four Friday night, the Caps are one game away from having the same fate as its 2019 and 2020 teams: being first rounded.
Nicklas Backstrom and Lars Eller spoke to the press in the Zoom Room after the shocking letdown game and they wore the disappointment on their face.
The Capitals face elimination in Game Five at Capital One Arena on Sunday night.
“Going into the playoffs, you got to make sure you have that good feeling in your body and you’re excited about the upcoming games,” Backstrom said recently. “That’s where this group is right now. We’re excited about this. Only positive vibes.”
The Washington Capitals, who will play their final game of the regular season on Tuesday against the Boston Bruins, made a flurry of roster moves in the morning and later changed up the lines during practice to accommodate several players who were still missing.
A surprise for the second-to-last game of the regular season: forward Nicklas Backstrom and defender John Carlson are out.
Both have lower-body injuries, and both are listed as day-to-day.
Carlson and Backstrom join Ovechkin on Washington’s injured list.
John Carlson was unable to suit up against the Pittsburgh Penguins Thursday due to a lower-body injury. With the team’s captain, Alex Ovechkin, already out, the Capitals debuted a new leadership team out on the ice.
Future Hall of Famer Zdeno Chara was named an alternate captain for the first time with the Capitals. Chara joined Nicklas Backstrom and TJ Oshie as the other alternates.
Washington Capitals general manager Brian MacLellan revealed his philosophy towards winning a Stanley Cup on Hockey Central, Thursday. “I think size and skill is how you win, especially in the playoffs,” MacLellan said. “You can get bigger, but if you can’t play the game, I don’t think it contributes much to your lineup.”
That vision also includes Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom, the two greatest players in Washington Capitals history. If MacLellan can re-sign Ovechkin, arguably the game’s greatest goal-scorer, the GM said the team will load up every year and go all-in for the Stanley Cup.
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