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Playoff Intel: Nicklas Backstrom

As the playoffs kick into gear, ESPN Insider puts some of the NHL's stars in the crosshairs with the help of those who know them best. Rivals provide scouting reports to show Insiders how to stop some of the postseason's biggest names. Tendencies, strengths, weaknesses -- it's all here in our player-on-player scouting reports.

Below, conference rival Eric Staal of the Carolina Hurricanes talks about shutting down the Washington Capitals' most dangerous playmaker, Nicklas Backstrom.

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