Friday’s Capitals Practice Notebook: Nicklas Backstrom Doesn’t Participate, Carl Hagelin Skates In No-Contact Jersey

Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom missed the team’s practice on Friday after he did not play in the team’s 4-1 loss to the New York Rangers on Wednesday due to a lower-body injury. Head coach Todd Reirden told the media that he and center Nic Dowd, who has missed the past four games with an upper-body injury, will “definitely” miss the Capitals’ game vs. the Vancouver Canucks on Saturday (12:30 PM ET, NBC Sports Washington).

Forward Carl Hagelin, who has missed the past seven games with an upper-body and was placed on long-term injured reserve on Wednesday, skated in a no-contact jersey. He is eligible to return on Saturday, November 30 when the Capitals visit the Detroit Red Wings.

Defenseman Christian Djoos, who was recalled from the AHL’s Hershey Bears on Friday morning, skated with suspended forward Garnet Hathaway as an extra defenseman, meaning that he won’t play on Saturday afternoon barring an injury or change of plans.

Capitals’ Lines vs. Canucks

It appears that the Capitals will not make any lineup changes from their 4-1 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday.

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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 watching the Capitals hoist the Stanley Cup in Las Vegas. In his spare time, he enjoys travel, photography, and hanging out with his two dogs. Follow Harrison on Twitter @HarrisonB927077
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1 Response to Friday’s Capitals Practice Notebook: Nicklas Backstrom Doesn’t Participate, Carl Hagelin Skates In No-Contact Jersey

  1. Day One Caps Fan says:

    Malenstyn made a slick move on that breakaway vs. G Henrik Lundqvist. If that shot had gone in the whole game complexion would have been altered.

    Will the Caps rise to the occasion tomorrow against VAN? The NYR game was a big disappointment

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