Nicklas Backstrom will be a Game-Time Decision for Game 6


When the Washington Capitals took the ice Monday morning for their morning skate at PPG Paints Arena, Nicklas Backstrom wasn’t there. Instead Lars Eller moved up to the second line while Travis Boyd centered the third line. Capitals coach Barry Trotz gave an update after the skate.

“That will be a game-time decision,” said Trotz.

When Trotz was asked about how much of a challenge that would be for the Capitals if Backstrom was indeed out, Trotz responded, “Game-time decision and if it’s not favorable, there’s a lot of guys that are willing to step up.”

Video below via Tarik El-Bashir of NBC Sports Washington:

Backstrom had a maintenance day Sunday but still traveled with the team to Pittsburgh. He left the third period of Game 5 with an upper-body injury but stopped taking face-offs in the first period after he blocked a shot with his hand. We’ll see how the lines will truly look during warmups tonight.

By Michael Marzzacco

About Michael Marzzacco

Michael is an avid DC sports fan with a passion for writing. He has followed the Washington Capitals since the 2003-04 season, around the time his enthusiasm for DC teams really began. It was from the days when they had the worst record in the league to when they became the most exciting team in the area. His Dad took him to his first Caps game a couple of years later. One of his favorite memories was being in the stands during the 2015 Winter Classic where Troy Brouwer scored the game-winning goal with 12 seconds left. Michael graduated from Radford University in May 2016, earning a degree in journalism and focusing on sports journalism and broadcasting. His goal is to work in sports media in Washington, D.C.
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