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Backstrom out against Predators, Neuvirth to start

Nicklas Backstrom won't play in Sunday's matinee contest against the Nashville Predators because the Capitals center is sporting 14 stitches in his leg after the puck went through his shin pad when he was blocking a shot against Columbus on Friday.

Backstrom blocked two shots in Friday's game, one at even strength and one short handed, but Coach Bruce Boudreau said this fluke injury wouldn't prevent the Capitals from continuing to use Backstrom on the penalty kill.

"That's a freak thing that happened, but one of the reasons we want him killing [penalties] is because of what he did," said Boudreau, who added that Backstrom will be ready for the regular season opener against Atlanta. "He blocked shots, he's not afraid. He's very smart and anticipatory, as good as anybody. We want him to play, and we think he can play 22-23 minutes a night."

-- Michal Neuvirth will start today's preseason finale and is scheduled to play half. "But I can change my mind," Boudreau said.

-- I'll post the lineup after warmups.

By Katie Carrera  | October 3, 2010; 10:54 AM ET
Categories:  Nashville Predators, Nicklas Backstrom  
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"puck went through his shin pad" I have been involved with hockey for over 30 years and have never seen a puck go through a shingaurd. I wonder if the new composite sticks(the Al bat argument in baseball) will lead to more of these freak occurances or if this was truly a 1-off event.

I hope Backie is back to 100% soon.

Posted by: cadlecreek1 | October 3, 2010 11:16 AM | Report abuse

Get well, Nicky.

(Guess it wasn't my imagination when I didn't see him in the closing portion of Friday's game. I was seeing all kinds of crazy lines being used, including one time when both Perreault and Johansson were on the line together.)

Posted by: CapsFan75 | October 3, 2010 11:20 AM | Report abuse

Didn't katie several post ago mention
that the last preseason game was going to be televised?

Posted by: guer_j | October 3, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

I love BB..."but I can change my mind". Classic!

Posted by: capscoach | October 3, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

A lot of fowards use lightweight shin pads. I have had one broken severely just playing recreation pickup(no it was not cheap), so a pro shot could surely do it.
I am not convinced using him in this capacity except in really important situations is a smart thing. It will be just a matter of time before he breaks something.
He is as close to irreplaceable as they come.

Posted by: joepar703 | October 3, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

http://www.nenggeulis.com/watch.php?livestream=2004

LIVE STREAM THAT WORK!

Be patient, the advertisement on top of the pic will disappear after about 30 seconds.
Good Luck!

Posted by: pittshater | October 3, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

OMG thank you for the link. I went to my usual sites and they didn't have the game. I mean I know it's only preseason but I'm in Alaska and when my mom called me to ask the score I went to go watch the game and was sad when it said "available locally only" so thank you for the link!

Posted by: capsfan387 | October 3, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

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