Nicklas Backstrom is sick and was told to stay home Monday, a Washington Capitals team spokesman said as the center was not on the ice for practice.
Backstrom, the Caps’ top center, played 22:06 in Saturday’s victory over the New Jersey Devils. Forward Marcus Johansson, who has missed the past six games with an upper-body injury, replaced him on the second line Monday.
It’s uncertain whether Backstrom will be able to skate or play Tuesday against the Carolina Hurricanes.
“He wasn’t feeling good so [trainer Greg Smith] sent him to the doctor just to make sure that it’s not a food allergy or anything like that,” coach Adam Oates said. “He wasn’t feeling good [Sunday] night.”
Johansson is not able to play, and left wing Jason Chimera left practice early with a lower-body injury. So it’s uncertain what the Caps lineup will look like.
“But it’s the same for everybody,” Oates said. “Every team has gone through it. We play Carolina tomorrow and they have a bunch of guys out.”
Defenseman Mike Green (groin) skated. He could be poised to return from a three-game absence Tuesday against Carolina. He said he’s ready to go and isn’t worried about back-to-backs this week.
“Those two days to rest was perfect,” Green said.
Forward Brooks Laich (groin) did not skate. The last time he was on the ice with teammates was Feb. 16.
Here are the lines from Monday’s practice:
Jason Chimera - Mike Ribeiro - Alex Ovechkin
Eric Fehr - Marcus Johansson -Troy Brouwer
Wojtek Wolski - Mathieu Perreault - Joel Ward
Matt Hendricks - Jay Beagle - Joey Crabb