Sport Caps' Backstrom a game-time decision to return from injury

21:26  17 may  2018
21:26  17 may  2018 Source:   ap.org

Series lead gives Capitals time for Nicklas Backstrom return

  Series lead gives Capitals time for Nicklas Backstrom return <p>The Washington Capitals are doing just fine as center Nicklas Backstrom recoups from a hand injury that’s sidelined him for the last three games. A 2-0 series lead against the Tampa Bay Lightning in the Eastern Conference Final allows them to not feel forced to rush him back.</p>Speaking to reporters on Monday before returning home to D.C. for Games 3 and 4, Capitals head coach Barry Trotz said the decision on Backstrom’s return is up to the player at this point. Backstrom has been skating with the team and Lars Eller has been filling in on the second line in his absence — and excelling.

Washington Capitals coach Barry Trots says center Nicklas Backstrom will be a game - time decision for Game 1 against the Tampa Bay Lightning. Hand injury keeps Capitals’ Backstrom on bench.

Nicklas Backstrom (upper body) will be a game - time decision for Game 6 against Pittsburgh. »Joe Thornton (knee) won't play in Game 6. »Backes exits GM 5 due to injury , won't return . »John Carlson will be good to go Monday night.


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WASHINGTON — Nicklas Backstrom could return to the Capitals' lineup for Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final against the Lightning.

Backstrom has missed Washington's past four games with a right hand injury. Coach Barry Trotz called him a game-time decision and said early Thursday that Backstrom had not yet been medically cleared.

The 30-year-old Swedish center took part in the Capitals' morning skate in Arlington, Virginia, mixed in on line rushes and participated in power-play drills.

Backstrom was injured May 5 when a slap shot from Pittsburgh's Justin Schultz struck him in the right hand. If Backstrom plays, it's possible he doesn't take faceoffs.

Before being injured, Backstrom was one of Washington's top players in the postseason with 13 points in 11 games.

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