News and notes as the Capitals [37-23-10, 84 points] visit the Buffalo Sabres [19-43-6, 44 points] at FirstNiagaraCenter [7 p.m., CSN+, NBCSN]:
There is a saying in Sweden about no one wanting to be the tallest shaft of wheat in the crop. Nicklas Backstrom has heard it and, like many Swedes, tries to live by it.
The only time we see them together now is on old video: Braden Holtby leaning on his stick, Olie Kolzig doing most of the talking.
Alexander Ovechkin dropped to the ice after taking a puck to the lower midsection. He left for the locker room in pain, but returned to finish the game.