Caps are Full Strength: Backy’s Back!

Posted October 18, 2015

(Caps Outsider)

After undergoing arthroscopic hip surgery last summer, Caps first line center Nicklas Backstrom stepped on the ice at the Verizon Center for the first time Saturday night. Fans welcomed him back him with thunderous applause and heartfelt cheers. The humble, soft-spoken 27 year old has often been referred to as the most underrated player in NHL, but his stats speak for themselves.  Last season, Backstrom didn’t miss a game for the sixth time in his career. He lead the NHL with 60 assists, finishing among the league’s top five with 78 points and ranking first on the Capitals with 1.96 points per 60 minutes at even strength.

Fans are eager to see what Backstrom can bring to the team this season. He has experience and fire power.  All of that plus Ovi, plus Oshie equals a lot of talent and a lot of potential.

Andy Banks and Saul Villatoro  from Rockville, MD came to the game to see the return of Backstrom.

“I would think he’s probably a bit shaky, a little nervous since it’s his first game back,” explained Villatoro after the first period.

“But he’s doing well,” added Banks.  “He had a great pass to Oshie for the first goal.”

Drew Styles from Northern Virginia also commented on Backstrom’s return.  “He looks really strong.  He looks on top of it.  I’m really impressed for his first game back.  Usually, it takes a few games to settle in.”

All expectations aside, Backstrom was just happy to be back on the ice.  “It’s fun to practice, but it’s always nice to play games,” said Backstrom after the Caps 4-1 win over the Hurricanes.  “I’m not too tired.  I’m not sore or anything, so that’s a good thing.”

Backstrom logged 3 points Saturday and Caps fans are looking forward to seeing more of the same in the future.  Welcome back Nick!  Let’s Go Caps!