Backstrom Misses Capitals’ Practice On Wednesday Due To COVID-19 Protocol

Center Nicklas Backstrom did not participate in the Washington Capitals’ first practice after the NHL’s holiday break on Wednesday after he was placed on COVID-19 protocol.

The 35-year-old, who has yet to play this season after undergoing hip resurfacing surgery in June, has taken contact in practice for a couple weeks while preparing to return.

After being absent for the first 28 games of last season with the injured hip and returning for one game, Backstrom landed on COVID-19 protocol and missed the next two.

Per an NHL’s press release from the 2020-21 season, the reason a player is listed as “unavailable” due to COVID-19 protocol includes: (1) an initial positive test which remains unconfirmed until confirmatory testing is completed; (2) mandated isolation for symptomatic individuals; (3) required quarantine as a high-risk close contact; (4) isolation based on a confirmed positive test result and/or; (5) quarantine for travel or other reasons.

This is the first time that a Capitals player has been placed on COVID-19 protocols this season.

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3 Responses to Backstrom Misses Capitals’ Practice On Wednesday Due To COVID-19 Protocol

  1. Anonymous says:

    Sheesh, Backy can’t catch a break.

  2. dwgie26 says:

    I feel like Lavi has been a bit more direct lately with status of players. With JC74 he said it was long term and more than 7 days. With Jensen last night he was quick to say he was ok. And then same on this Backstrom protocol.

    I don’t think i have heard him say once this year that “we are working through some things in the room.”. Just kinda interesting.

    • Jon Sorensen says:

      I think you got a point. I had a feeling before thinking about it now,that things were more wishy washy by the team (Fehervary?) but you make a good point re: Carlson.

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