Backstrom (hip) is expected to miss at least the first four games of the regular season.
The Capitals had previously said that Backstrom was expected to play at some point during the first 10 games of the season, but Barry Trotz said today that Backstorm will miss at least the first four games. This early in the season, the Capitals will not rush their star centre back into action and risk getting him more injured.
The Capitals re-signed Nate Schmidt to a two-year contract extension worth $1.625M.
Schmidt, 23, had four points (1G / 3A) in 39 games with the Capitals in 2014-15. In 19 games with Hershey he collected nine points (3G / 6A). He signed a one-way contract which suggests he might take Mike Green’s spot on the team. Green is expected to test free agency on July 1st.
Holtby stopped all 30 shots that he faced to record his 10th shutout of the season in the Capitals 1-0 win over the Rangers in Game 3. The win gives Washington a 2-1 lead in the series and a chance to take a stranglehold tonight at home. Holtby comes in with at 3-1 with a 1.26 GAA and .944 SV% in four starts at home this postseason.
Holtby gave up three goals on 35 shots in the Capitals 3-2 loss to the Rangers in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals. The series shifts to Washington where Holtby has gone 2-1 with a 1.68 GAA and .917 SV% at the Verizon Center to this point in the playoffs.
Holtby only had to make 10 saves to earn the victory in the Capitals 2-1 win over the Islanders in Game 7 on Monday. He finished the series at 3-3 with a 1.63 GAA and .943 SV%. Now he gets a crack at the New York Rangers—Holtby was 1-3-0 with a 3.06 GAA and .897 SV% against New York this season. He posted a 2.22 GAA and .922 SV% when the Capitals lost in seven games to the Rangers in the 2013 playoffs.