Nicklas Backstrom Will Miss Sixth-Straight Game, Carl Hagelin Set To Return Tonight: Capitals New and Notes From San Jose

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The Capitals begin their annual west coast swing today in Northern California. The Capitals will face the Sharks tonight at the SAP Center in San Jose. Puck drop is set for just after 10:30 PM EST. The Capitals will then depart for Southern California immediately  following the game in advance of their tilt with the Ducks in Anaheim tomorrow night. Here is the latest from the Golden State:

The Capitals were 1-0-1 against the Sharks last season. Washington is 14-24-1-4 all-time against San Jose.

The Capitals are playing the Sharks in the first half of a back-to-back, with the team playing the Los Angeles Kings on Wednesday. Washington is 5-1-2 in back-to-back sets this season.

Our complete game preview for tonight’s tilt versus the Sharks is here.


Lines at Morning Skate
Braden Holtby we get the start in goal tonight. Nicklas Backstrom skated as the “extra” forward in morning skate, and will miss a sixth-straight game tonight.

Carl Hagelin is set to return to the lineup tonight. He has been out and ultimately on injured reserve since suffering an injury in early November against the Florida Panthers.

Lines from other side:

The Captals’ Captain addressed the media following morning skate. He talked about the trading of Chandler Stephenson and Backstrom’s contract negotiations.

Braden Holtby also met with the media following this morning’s pregame skate:


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  • Alex Ovechkin scored three goals against Detroit on Saturday and ranks second in the NHL with 20 goals this season.
  • Ovechkin has recorded 15 consecutive 20-goal seasons, joining Marcel Dionne, Mike Gartner, Jaromir Jagr and Mats Sundin as the only players in NHL history to record 20 goals or more in each of their first 15 seasons.
  • Additionally, Ovechkin tied Gartner for the eighth most 20-goal seasons in NHL history.

By Jon Sorensen

About Jon Sorensen

Jon has been a Caps fan since day one, attending his first game at the Capital Centre in 1974. His interest in the Caps has grown over the decades and included time as a season ticket holder. He has been a journalist covering the team for 10+ years, primarily focusing on analysis, analytics and prospect development.
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5 Responses to Nicklas Backstrom Will Miss Sixth-Straight Game, Carl Hagelin Set To Return Tonight: Capitals New and Notes From San Jose

  1. Anonymous says:

    Well never sure how trades work out for either of the two teams involved. But there will certainly be another trade before the playoffs. GMBM always has in mind to make the team stronger down the stretch and into the playoffs.

  2. Day One Caps Fan says:

    Chandler Stephenson just scored for VGK versus NJD. Tied the game at 1-1

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