Capitals top center Nicklas Backstrom is participating in practice at Centre Bell in Montreal Friday, a day after he took a slap shot off his
left right arm.
Backstrom didn’t take a single shift in the final 7 minutes and 16 seconds of Washington’s 3-1 loss at the Ottawa Senators Thursday after he was accidentally struck in the arm by a Mike Green shot. Thursday night I incorrectly reported that the puck hit the center’s left arm. It struck his right arm, Backstrom said Friday afternoon.
“He shot from the blueline there and it hit me but I feel fine now and I’m ready to go,” Backstrom said. “Obviously a little sore but I’ve played with worse things than this.”
Said Coach Adam Oates: “He’s fine. It hit him in the arm, you tweak a nerve there – like funny bone type hit. It went numb on him a little bit but he’s fine.”
The 25-year-old Swede is taking part in all drills without any hesitation and it appears Backstrom avoided any significant harm. Before the players went out on the ice for practice, Backstrom was among the group that loosened up with some soccer and wasn’t wearing a brace or wrap of any type on his arm.
Everyone who is on the trip this week is on the ice here in Montreal. Brooks Laich (groin) and Joel Ward (left knee contusion) did not travel with the team and both remain sidelined indefinitely.
The lineup is the same as it has been for several days now, but here it is if you need a refresher: