Practice: Jan. 4

The Washington Capitals were on ice Wednesday for an optional skate as they prepare to travel West on Thursday and take on the Sharks Saturday.  Some updates from Kettler Capitals Iceplex:

The big story of the day was leading scorer Nicklas Backstrom, who suffered a head injury last night when he was elbowed the in the head by Rene Bourque.  Backstrom’s brother, Kristoffer, tweeted early Wednesday that Nick was undergoing a concussion test; he then followed it up with another tweet saying that the test was inconclusive, and that he may have a small concussion or migraine.

Backstrom himself was not made available to the media.  His teammates, however, hope for the best.  Alex Ovechkin said that he didn’t think Backstrom will miss any time, while Marcus Johansson said he wasn’t doing “too bad.” According to Dale Hunter, Backstrom also worked out off-ice on Wednesday and is, per Capitals tradition, “day-to-day.”  “He seems fine,” said the coach.

This goes without saying, but I’ll go ahead and say it anyway: if Nicklas Backstrom is lost for any significant period of time, the Caps are toast.

That’s all for now.

Thanks to Steve Whyno for some of the information in this post.