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Rehabbing Backstrom will do “more and more” next week

Mar 21, 2012, 1:16 PM EDT

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If the Capitals can hold on to a playoff spot, it’s looking more and more like they could have a huge piece of their roster back for the first round.

Coach Dale Hunter told reporters today that Nicklas Backstrom (concussion) is going to ramp up his rehab efforts next week.

“He’s going to do more and more,” Hunter said, as per the Washington Post. “You’ll see, next week he’s going to do more.”

“More and more” might include practicing with teammates. (Though based on Hunter’s evil-sounding “you’ll see” remark, it might also include taking over the world with a laser-based weapon.)

Backstrom hasn’t played since Jan. 3. He had 42 points in 39 games before getting elbowed by Rene Bourque.

  1. ravenscaps48 - Mar 21, 2012 at 1:41 PM

    He’ll come back before the Playoffs

    • wabakimi - Mar 21, 2012 at 3:53 PM

      Yes, that seems like what Hunter is hinting at. Hopefully the Caps won’t play Nick before he’s really ready, in spite of how much the team needs him now.

      • rsl22 - Mar 21, 2012 at 4:10 PM

        Agreed. The Caps need him desperately, but not to the point of risking next season as well.

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