The Capitals announced today that Backstrom will join the team on their flight to Boston this afternoon, but coach Dale Hunter says he will not play against the Bruins.
Caps put themselves in tough hole
While both teams entered with similar situations, the Buffalo Sabres left Washington feeling a whole lot better on Tuesday night.
How tough was Tuesday's loss to Buffalo? The ninth-place Capitals likely will need eight of 10 points to get into the playoffs.
The Sabres excellent effort coincided with Washington not being very sharp at all, and that was a brutal combination for fans of the Caps.