April 5, 2020

Washington Capitals Morning Skate Update for Oct. 18: Barry Trotz and Nicklas Backstrom

Saturday night’s Washington Capitals game against the Florida Panthers will be the 500th for longtime Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom. Backstrom, drafted by the team in the 2006 Entry Draft, spoke about what it means to have played 500 games for the club: “[It] felt like yesterday I was playing my first game, so I’m happy that I’ve played 500 here. I have my heart and soul here in Washington so it’s an honor for me to represent this team.

“It’s gone quicker than you think. You don’t really have to think about it during all these years, and all of a sudden when you see the number, ‘Oh, I’ve been here awhile now.’ So it’s kind of fun actually but exciting as well.”

Head Coach Barry Trotz has publicly talked about Backstrom’s skill in the past, adding today, “I’ve been a big advocate of his. He’s one of the most complete players in the National Hockey League. [He’s] under the radar, doesn’t get any fanfare, doesn’t get a lot of the love that he should around the league.”

When asked about what makes Backstrom so special, Trotz said, “Just his hockey IQ. He can pass the puck, he can play on both sides of the puck, he knows where it’s going before it’s actually going there … he’s got the hockey IQ that is probably one of the foremost, number one, and then the skillset comes two for me.”

Justin Peters will get the start in net for the Caps, his first for the team this season ahead of next week’s road trip through western Canada. Peters was the goalie of record against the Sharks on Tuesday; Braden Holtby was pulled in the first period after allowing three goals.

About Eric Hobeck

Eric Hobeck is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins and Capitals. Eric contributes to high school sports coverage at InsideNova.com. He served as sports editor of The Rotunda at Longwood University for two years, where he was also the men’s basketball beat writer. He hosted a campus radio show for three years and called basketball and baseball games for the station’s award-winning sports team. You can follow Eric on Twitter @eric_hobeck.

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