It has been reiterated several times recently that the Washington Capitals will get center Nicklas Backstrom back for today’s game at 7:00 p.m. ET against the Montreal Canadiens. Backstrom left late in Thursday’s game against the Ottawa Senators after being hit in the arm by the puck, but he practiced yesterday. According to the Washington Post’s Katie Carrera, Backstrom participated in the Capitals morning skate today, and this is yet another indication that the 25-year-old center will be good to go today.
So far this season, Backstrom has dishes out 38 assists and 44 total points, and he had two assists the last time the Caps played the Habs, which was on the 9th of this month. Backstrom is most definitely fine going forward, and I bet he gets another assist to add to his terrific total this year.
Meanwhile, the Washington Post reports that 29-year-old winger Brooks Laich is not traveling with the team and is “sidelined indefinitely” with a groin injury (Joel Ward falls under that same descriptor). Laich is rehabbing instead of undergoing surgery, and the Capitals are still trying to figure out the groin issue Laich has been suffering from. He could be back for the Capitals later on in the playoffs, but Laich hasn’t played since the 4th of this month and only played two games in April.