Nicklas Backstrom will not play against the Colorado Avalanche

The Washington Capitals announced late Tuesday before their game against the Colorado Avalanche that the center Nicklas Backstrøm will not be in line.

Backstrom is unavailable due to a non-COVID illness and is listed as day-to-day.

Backstrom has played in seven games since returning from offseason hip surgery and has recorded three assists. He recently played 15:25 of ice time against the Vegas Golden Knights on Saturday.

TJ Oshie joins Backstrom as he has gone home to be with his wife Lauren, who is expecting the birth of the couple’s fourth child. Alex Ovechkin is also still a game-time decision with a lower-body injury.

If Ovechkin, who skated Tuesday morning, is unable to go, the Caps will have to play the Avs down a forward and likely with seven defensemen.

Update (20:37): Ovechkin is in. He will skate at his regular position on the top line.

Header photo: Alan Dobbins/RMNB

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