According to a Tweet from Washington Post hockey writer Tarik El-Bashir, Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom is questionable for Game 1 against the Montreal Canadiens Thursday (7 p.m. ET, VERSUS, TSN) because of an illness.
Caps coach Bruce Boudreau also said there "is no short leash" on goalie Jose Theodore. "He's the guys we're going to go with and see how he goes."
You can be hyped all you want, but his game will speak for itself. He's obviously going to be a great player so we've got to make sure we keep an eye on him. Whether it's his first game or his 1,000th game, our job is to take care of business, shut him down.
— Blues defenseman Alex Pietrangelo on facing ballyhooed Oilers rookie Connor McDavid, who is making NHL debut in St. Louis
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