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Things looking up in D.C.: Backstrom is skating again

Mar 14, 2012, 11:23 AM EDT

Nicklas Backstrom AP

Surprise news from the Capitals this morning as concussed playmaker Nicklas Backstrom was on the ice this morning getting a skate in as Mike Vogel from the Caps’ website tweeted today. Even more surprising is the fact that this was Backstrom’s second day in a row that he’s skated, the first time he’s done that since early January.

Tarik El-Bashir of The Washington Post reports Backstrom skated for about 20 minutes. It’s a small step, but one that should give the Caps a mental lift for now. Backstrom has been out since January thanks to a hit in the head from then Flames forward Rene Bourque.

With the Capitals now with a four point lead on having the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race, if Backstrom is able to return to action this season it’ll be a huge lift to a team that’s severely missed their best setup man. Let’s not get too excited though, a 20 minute skate is just a quick breeze through and certainly not a full practice with contact.

If the Caps can make the playoffs and he’s able to come back by then, the East’s top teams might have to worry about dealing with a healthy and more dangerous team.

  1. letangusespertplus - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:12 PM



  2. rsl22 - Mar 14, 2012 at 12:14 PM

    NYR fans just shat themselves.

    • abrienza428 - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:38 PM

      Why? They’ll be a 4/5 seed after Pittsburgh overtakes them, so they won’t get the Caps in round 1.

      • rsl22 - Mar 14, 2012 at 4:06 PM

        6 standings points in 14 games will be tough for the Pens, but they do play the Rags twice…

        Even as a perennially disappointed Caps fan, I’d love to see the Caps face the Pens…but I really hope it’s not in the first round.

  3. fleurysteeth - Mar 14, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Quick!, someone call up NBC, tell them to get ready to shift around scheduled programing for the return of Backst……. oh wait, Nick doesn’t have a soup can….

  4. rg3isvictory - Mar 14, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    Loving it!!! Almost as good as that comeback win was last night!!!

  5. capsrockva - Mar 14, 2012 at 9:39 PM

    Loving it amen to that

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