SAN JOSE, Calif. | Nicklas Backstrom’s status is a daily question after he took an elbow to the head Tuesday night from Rene Bourque. He skated Thursday and Friday and reported feeling “pretty good” both times, but Saturday at HP Pavilion, the Washington Capitals’ leading scorer was not on the ice.
Backstrom said Friday he didn’t think he had anything, and earlier in the week believed the problems he was dealing with after the elbow were just a result of migraines.
But he will not play Saturday night at the San Jose Sharks, coach Dale Hunter confirmed.
“We’re just being careful,” Hunter said. “So that’s what it is.”
The Caps have not yet called Backstrom’s injury a concussion.
The Caps’ line rushes Saturday morning were as follows:
Alex Ovechkin – Brooks Laich – Troy Brouwer
Alexander Semin – Marcus Johansson – Mike Knuble
Jason Chimera – Jeff Halpern – Joel Ward
Matt Hendricks – Mathieu Perreault – Jay Beagle
Karl Alzner – John Carlson
Roman Hamrlik – Dennis Wideman
Dmitry Orlov – Mike Green
Expect Tomas Vokoun to make his fifth straight start.