In the NHL the formula for success is pretty simple. On most nights, if you win the special teams battles you win the war.
The Capitals put together two great performances, resulting in back-to-back wins. Nicklas Backstrom made his season debut in the contest, he wasted no time proving that he was sharp.
For a player who prefers to skate in the shadows of Alex Ovechkin, it was hard not to notice just how much better the Capitals are with Nicklas Backstrom than without him.
The Washington Capitals look to finish their home stand with back-to-back wins as they host the Carolina Hurricanes, Backstrom to play for the first time this season.