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“He’s one of our most skilled players, and he’s been instrumental on the power play as of late,” forward Troy Brouwer said. “He just does a lot of good things out there; he’s good defensively. It’s tough to replace a guy like that, especially if he’s out for a substantial amount of time.”

Backstrom assisted on all three goals Tuesday night before leaving with about three minutes left.

A game or more without Backstrom likely would mean a promotion for Marcus Johansson and a tremendous void up the middle.

“Everybody’s going to miss him,” Johansson said. “He’s one of our best players, and he’s scored a lot of points in a lot of games for us. I think everybody’s going to miss him if he’s not going to be able to play.”