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Nicklas Backstrom out vs. Oilers

Updated: March 9, 2011, 1:02 PM ET
By Scott Burnside | ESPN.com

Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom will miss Wednesday night's home game against the Edmonton Oilers with a nagging thumb injury.

Backstrom, the fourth overall pick in the 2006 draft, has never missed a regular-season or playoff game for the Capitals.

Backstrom has his left hand in a cast but team officials said Wednesday it was to help him "rest" his injury and can be taken off any time he needs.

Backstrom was slashed by Penguins defenseman Kris Letang Feb. ...

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