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Playoff Intel: Nicklas Backstrom

Eric Staal suggests a few ways to keep the Caps' playmaker in check

Originally Published: April 15, 2010
By E.J. Hradek | ESPN The Magazine

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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E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.

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