Backstrom back at it for Caps
Nicklas Backstrom had a smile on his face and no concerns about missing another game.
“I’m good to go,” Backstrom said. “It’s like that guy in ‘Mighty Ducks.’ I woke up, no pain.”
Backstrom was referring to the fictional Adam Banks character who returned from a wrist injury in time for a championship game. The Capitals are getting the real standout Swedish center back while they’re on a roll.
The Capitals are expected to have Backstrom back Monday when they host the Blue Jackets. He missed the last eight games with an undisclosed upper-body injury, and Washington went 6-1-1 in that time.
With Backstrom ready to go, the Capitals are set to have their full, healthy lineup on the ice for the first time this season.
Despite injuries, they lead the NHL with 22 wins and 49 points through 31 games.
“As of right now, we are playing good hockey and we are getting the points we needed,” Backstrom said Sunday.
“It is still early in the season, so you have to keep build, build and build. We are a team that is building for upcoming things.”
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