Capitals’ Head Coach Peter Laviolette on Nicklas Backstrom, Tom Wilson Skating Friday: “This Is The Next Step Of Progression”

It was another encouraging sight at Medstar Capitals Iceplex Friday morning as Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom and right-wing Tom Wilson skated before and participated in the team’s morning skate.

The two wore non-contact jerseys. Wilson underwent surgery for a torn ACL on May 25, while Backstrom has been out after undergoing a hip resurfacing procedure on June 18.

On December 4, general manager Brian MacLellan said that Backstrom is “progressing well.” “There’s been no setbacks, so it’s positive. I don’t know where it ends up, but everything’s been positive so far.”

“Tom’s good too,” he added about Wilson but said there is no exact timetable for return. “We’ll get a better picture here in the next few weeks…mid-December, I think we’ll have a pretty good idea of where both those guys are at.”

Head coach Peter Laviolette spoke about Wilson and Backstrom’s skating following morning skate, saying, “This is a next step. We’ve been gone for a while, so we come home and see the guys have advanced too…a lot of good work with [strength and conditioning coach] Mark Nemish here, both off-ice and on-ice, and this is the next step of progression, so it’s really good to have them out there.”

The presence of Wilson and Backstrom boosts team morale, according to Laviolette. “I think it’s good for morale when you start to see players…who have such an impact on the team, and they’re back, and they’re working…both trying to put themselves in a position where they can come back and help out our team.”

The Capitals host the Seattle Kraken Friday night. Action from Capital One Arena can be seen on NBC Sports Washington+ in-market or ESPN+ out-of-market starting at 7 PM ET.

By Della Young

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Della Young is an aspiring novelist and screenwriter who earned a BFA in Creative Writing from Full Sail University in 2021. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts in Screenwriting from Regent University. Della comes from a family of big Capitals fans and became inspired to start writing for hockey in 2019. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, cooking, and working on both sides of the camera. Follow Della on X: @dellayoung
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1 Response to Capitals’ Head Coach Peter Laviolette on Nicklas Backstrom, Tom Wilson Skating Friday: “This Is The Next Step Of Progression”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Free Willy!

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