Nicklas Backstrom suffered an upper body injury during Tuesday’s game verse the Los Angeles Kings, forcing him to miss most of the second, and all of the third period.
Without Backstrom, the Capitals blew a 3-1 third period lead, losing 5-4 in a shootout. Backstrom is the only real NHL center on the Capitals roster. Mikhail Grabovski has been out with an ankle injury, and Brooks Laich has missed games because of a groin injury/surgery. Jay Beagle and Eric Fehr are converted centers who played mostly on the wings during their respective careers.
Backstrom claims that he won’t miss any games, and head coach, Adam Oates, stated that Backstrom missing the third period was just a “precautionary” move.
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