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Posted at 3:55 PM ET, 11/17/2010

Marcus Johansson in Backstrom's gloves

By Dan Steinberg

Wednesday night, Marcus Johansson is expected to replace Nicklas Backstrom on the Caps' top line, at least to start the game. But if Johansson follows his recent dress code, Backstrom will still be represented between Alex Ovechkin and Mike Knuble.

Reader Leslie sends along these screen shots from Sunday's between-periods interview with Johansson, who is very clearly wearing gloves with someone else's name on them. Haven't yet had a chance to ask him why, but rest assured that I will.

By Dan Steinberg  | November 17, 2010; 3:55 PM ET
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It sounds like the pick of destiny - whoever wears those gloves will be granted godlike puck control and shooting skills. Backstrom will become an ordinary mortal while laboring in exile on the second line...

Posted by: dcunitedfan3 | November 17, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

maybe it's a hazing thing. those can't smell good

Posted by: hockeypunk | November 17, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

If you notice pictures from this year's rookie camp, alot of the rookies were wearing gear from other capitals rostered players. I remember seeing Eakin wearing gloves that had Corvo stitched on them. I bet Johansson was wearing Backstrom's gloves in that camp and broke them in around his hands, so he stuck with them. Remember that Backstrom has a big money deal with Bauer, so he can get replacement equipment easily.

Posted by: hsk8er6 | November 17, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

Eakin's gloves were Semin's not Corvo's. Here's a picture of him wearing the Semin Warrior gloves in camp in July.

Here's Zach Miskovic wearing Brian Pothier's Warrior gloves in the same camp.

Johansson hanging on to Backstrom's was probably a product of the Capitals allowing the prospects to use the team issue gloves that were not used or gently used. If you shuffle through the galleries from July, you will notice a few of the Bauer gloves that say "Capitals" on the cuff stitching, which means they are pro-stock team issue gloves.

Posted by: hsk8er6 | November 17, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Have I been misspelling Nickie? Or did they misspell it on the gloves (Nicke)?

Posted by: sshores1 | November 18, 2010 9:53 AM | Report abuse

sshores1 - I see "Nick B"...

Posted by: EddieP1 | November 18, 2010 10:52 AM | Report abuse

The Swedish use "Nicke" for Nicklas, "Micke" for Mikael, etc.

Posted by: ltblue14 | November 18, 2010 11:24 AM | Report abuse

That's just good, ol'-fashioned, helpful internet information, there.

Thanks for it, itb.

Posted by: stevie_in_gp | November 18, 2010 12:32 PM | Report abuse

Capitals way to help with recycling

Posted by: heathdog1119 | November 18, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

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