Nicklas Backstrom Continues to Take Steps Forward

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For the second morning skate in a row, Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom participated in the session. Backstrom has been out since the end of Game 5 of the second round series agains the Penguins as he continues recovery from an upper-body right hand injury but has slowly started taking steps towards a potential return. Here’s how he looked in Tuesday’s morning skate prior to Game 3. 

Backstrom worked on passing and shooting and took part in some drills. The only things he didn’t do were take line rushes or practice on the power play.

One of the drills that Backstrom participated in were 2-on-1’s.

While the power play units were practicing, Backstrom was working on his passing with assistant coach Blaine Forsythe.

At the end of practice, Backstrom was practicing puck control along the boards with defensive scratch’s Jakub Jerabek and Madison Bowey.

After the skate, coach Barry Trotz gave his daily update on Backstrom.

(Video via Tarik El-Bashir of NBC Sports Washington)

“Day-to-day,” said Trotz.

Now here’s where it gets interesting. Trotz was asked by Isabelle Khurshudyan of The Washington Post if Trotz was going to rule him out for tonight.

Trotz responded, “I’m not answering that question.”

Additionally, Trotz was asked by Tarik El-Bashir of NBC Sports Washington if Backstrom is making progress.

“Yes absolutely,” Trotz replied.

In past interviews, Trotz has said that it’s up to Backstrom on if he’s game-ready or not. When he talked to reporters before Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, Trotz said, “If any top player and their staff say he’s ready to go, I don’t think there’s a coach in the National Hockey League that’s not putting a player like Nicklas Backstrom in the lineup.”

Trotz is optimistic Backstrom will return in this series and with the team up 2-0, Trotz said that the series lead “does give us some time if he needs”.

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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One Response to Nicklas Backstrom Continues to Take Steps Forward

  1. Pingback: Nicklas Backstrom Participates in Capitals Optional Practice Thursday, “When Nicky is Ready To Go, He’s Ready To Go”- Trotz | NoVa Caps

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