Nicklas Backstrom Skates Thursday Morning for First Time Since Game 5 Injury


For the first time since injuring his right hand in Game 5 of the Washington Capitals second round series against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Nicklas Backstrom was out skating before the Capitals’ optional practice at Kettler Capitals Iceplex on Thursday morning before the team boarded a plane for Tampa Bay. 

While he didn’t join the rest of his teammates for the optional skate, Backstrom out skating is a good sign that he’s making progress. Backstrom did off-ice workouts on Wednesday.

Backstrom had a conditioning skate (Camp Nemo) with strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish. He skated, passed some pucks and did some shooting.

Videos below via @dckerNBC4 (top) and the Washington Capitals Twitter account @Capitals (bottom)

When speaking to the media after the optional practice, Barry Trotz reiterated that Backstrom is day-to-day. We’ll see whether or not Backstrom is on the ice with his teammates tomorrow when the team takes the ice for their morning skate in Tampa prior to Game 1.

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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11 Responses to Nicklas Backstrom Skates Thursday Morning for First Time Since Game 5 Injury

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  4. Bill Hinton says:

    Too many hand injuries with the current gloves. Either make the gloves better or stop blocking shots with the hands.


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