Center, 27, is back on the ice, but timeline for full return remains uncertain.
But Backstrom, true to form, seemed indifferent about the snub, despite being the only 40-point scorer averaging a point a game this season to miss the event in Columbus.
“No one touches our dad,” Wilson told viewers during the first all-access Winter Classic episode, so we asked why.
Bill Daly says the NHL stands behind Nicklas Backstrom in his WADA appeal, also says there will be no alumni game before the Winter Classic.
No team was worse last season -- or over the past three, for that matter -- in low-scoring games than the Capitals.
A look at those who played on the first or second line this year.
FIVE THOUGHTS | When most had counted the team out, Washington puts on its best performance in months.
Notes and observations from the Capitals' loss.
Even if the Capitals win out, they have less than a 50 percent chance of reaching the playoffs according to SportsClubStats.com.
The top center participated fully in Thursday's practice but Jack Hillen sat out.