Despite the Washington Capitals leading the series against the New York Rangers two games to one, they will need the skills and talent of all their players to be certain they beat the Rangers and make it further than just this round. This includes the likes of superstar centerman Nicklas Backstrom.
There hasn’t been much talk about Backstrom in this post-season and for good reason. He has disappeared. In the three games that the Capitals have played against the Rangers in Round 1 of the playoffs, Backstrom has only tallied two points (1G, 1A). During the regular season in the 48 games he played in, Backstrom recorded 48 points (8G, 40A). Both his regular-season and playoff stats are about average for him, but average is not going to help Washington make it past New York as has been proven in seasons past.
The Capitals have to hope that Backstrom won’t repeat his average play of previous post-seasons because, at this point, they should be all too aware that the playoffs need much more than average play from everyone or else they are bound to repeat their past failures.