Nicklas Backstrom Could Be Out With Illness against Canucks on Thursday

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Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom will be a game-time decision in the Capitals’ western Canada trip opener in Vancouver on Thursday night. Backstrom, 29, did not participate in the Capitals morning skate. 

Already without Matt Niskanen, Andre Burakovsky, and Tyler Graovac, the Capitals cannot afford to lose Backstrom for a few games. Backstrom arguably plays one of the biggest roles on the team, plays on the penalty kill, centers the first line, and runs the first power-play unit. He is one of, if not, the one guy the Capitals cannot afford to lose.

Through nine games this season, Backstrom co-leads the team in points with center Evgeny Kuznetsov with 12 points. Three of those are goals. Backstrom has a +1 rating so far this season, good for fourth on the Capitals.

Lineup Adjustments:

With no Backstrom, PP1 now includes Alex Chiasson on the goal line. Kuznetsov at the half wall, as per Isabelle Khurshudyan.

Head Coach Barry Trotz said morning skate rushes won’t necessarily be what he does for the game, if Backstrom doesn’t play.

Backstrom practiced on the first line with Tom Wilson and T.J. Oshie at practice this week.

Backstrom is nine goals shy of his 200th NHL goal.

By Harrison Brown

About Harrison Brown

Harrison is a diehard Caps fan and a hockey fanatic with a passion for sports writing. He attended his first game at age 8 and has been a season ticket holder since the 2010-2011 season. His fondest Caps memory was seeing T.J. Oshie's hat-trick​ during Game 1 of the Caps' second round playoff series against Pittsburgh in 2016. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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