With the Capitals up 2-0, Barry Trotz Doesn’t Feel the Need to Rush Nicklas Backstrom into the Lineup

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On the morning after the Washington Capitals defeated the Tampa Bay Lightning 6-2 in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Capitals coach Barry Trotz spoke to reporters at the team hotel before they board a plane back to DC. 

Before a question was even asked, Trotz walked over to the crowd of reporters said “he’s day-to-day”.

While that is an unchanged status update, it doesn’t mean Backstrom hasn’t made progress. Last Thursday before the team took off for Tampa, he did some individual skating with strength and conditioning coach Mark Nemish before select players came on the ice for an optional skate. During Sunday’s morning skate prior to Game 2, Backstrom participated with his teammates but didn’t take part in line rushes or special teams drills. He did some shooting and puck handling.

Backstrom has also upgraded from a cast to a brace on his right hand that he injured while blocking a shot in Game 5 of the Capitals second round series against the Penguins.

Trotz said it’s Backstrom’s call on whether or not he’s ready to come back but there’s no rush with the Capitals ahead 2-0.

The Caps will hold a morning skate at 10:15 a.m. on Tuesday morning at Kettler Capitals Iceplex. We’ll see at that time whether or not he’ll be skating with his teammates once again and what he does.

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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