“I assume he might be out for a little bit but I don’t know that answer,” Detroit coach Jeff Blashill said after the game.
It was announced on Wednesday that Backes has been suspended for three games by the NHL for the hit. He received a roughing penalty on the play.
To replace Nielsen on the roster, the Red Wings announced they will recall forward Evgeny Svechnikov from their American Hockey League affiliate in Grand Rapids on Thursday. He is expected to be in the lineup against Vegas.
Svechnikov, 21, has seven goals and 22 points in 52 games with Grand Rapids this season. He appeared in two games with Detroit late last season and did not record a point. But he scored the winning goal in the shootout in a 5-4 win over the Ottawa Senators on April 3.
The arena was decorated for them, with the scoreboard showing the school’s mascot, an eagle, and banners celebrating “Stoneman Douglas state champions.”
Then the Stanley Cup came out, and the players got a chance to hold it aloft.
“Their jaws dropped,” Howie Borrow, one of the Keepers of the Cup who works with the NHL Hall of Fame, told the Miami Herald. “There was kind of a bit of disbelief. Really a thrilling moment for them to see it.”
On Feb. 25, Stoneman Douglas won the state championship of the Statewide Amateur Hockey of Florida league. Less than two weeks earlier, 17 people were killed in a mass shooting at Douglas, including 14 students. One of the victims was Jaime Guttenberg, the sister of junior varsity member Jesse Guttenberg.
After the championship game, the players returned to the school and placed their medals on memorials to those who were slain on Feb. 14.
Washington captain Alex Ovechkin is closing in on a major milestone as he enters the contest just two goals short of 600 career goals and will be just the 20th player in NHL history to achieve that total. In addition, Ovechkin would become the NHL’s first player to join the 600 goals club since Jarome Iginla on Jan. 4, 2016 and the only player to make his NHL debut after the 1996-97 season.