Backstrom practices with Caps


This morning in Virginia, Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom participated in his first full team practice since suffering a concussion on Jan. 3.

According to, Backstrom “skated hard” but didn’t partake in any battle drills, even though he’s been cleared for contact. Presumably he’ll want to take a few pushes and shoves before getting back into game action.

The Caps host the Sabres tomorrow, visit Boston Thursday, and return home to face the Habs Saturday.

There’s still no timetable for Backstrom’s return, and while they won’t force him into the lineup, Buffalo’s resurgence is seriously threatening Washington’s playoff chances. A loss tomorrow and the Caps will fall to 9th in the East. So yeah, they’d like to get him back ASAP.

Update: Backstrom stayed after practice and made Jay Beagle bump him a few times. (Gotta be a better way to say that.)