The red-hot Washington Capitals are about to get one of their best players back.
The star forward has missed the last eight contests with what the team called an upper-body ailment. He suffered the injury Nov. 18 in a game against the Anaheim Ducks.
Backstrom has posted 18 points in 23 contests this season.
The 32-year-old center, a pending unrestricted free agent who recently opened contract talks by representing himself, is the Capitals' all-time assists leader. He also ranks second in career points among Washington skaters and fourth on the franchise's all-time goals list.
Washington boasts the best record in the NHL and has won six consecutive games.