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The Washington Capitals announced the center late Tuesday night before their game against the Colorado Avalanche. Nicklas Backstrom will not be included.

Backstrom is unavailable due to a non-COVID illness and is listed as day-to-day.

Backstrom has played in seven games and recorded three assists since returning from offseason hip surgery. Most recently, he played 15:25 of ice time on Saturday against the Vegas Golden Knights.

Backstrom will be sidelined by TJ Oshie as he has gone home with wife Lauren, who is expecting the couple’s fourth child. Alex Ovechkin is also still in the game with a lower-body injury.

If Ovechkin, who skated Tuesday morning, can’t go, the Caps will have to play the Avs with a forward and possibly seven defensemen.

Update (20:37). It’s Ovechkin.

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