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Nicklas Backstrom on his new extension: 'It means a lot for me and my family'

Nicklas Backstrom on his new extension: 'It means a lot for me and my family'

When the Capitals re-signed star center Nicklas Backstrom to a five-year, $46 million contract, it was a big day for the Swede and his family.

In their newest installment of Beyond Hockey, the Caps took fans behind the scenes of Backstrom's big day.

Nicklas starts the episode playing mini-sticks with his son Vince before his big press conference announcing the signing. He takes fans on a tour of his home, which includes a familiar face in his office.

"Couple of Kuzy here," Backstrom says as he bops an Evgeny Kuznetsov bobblehead. "I think this is Vince's favorite."

But quickly Backstrom becomes more vulnerable about why he wanted to stay in Washington for another five years.

"My older one (daughter), she didn't really get it at first," Backstrom reflects. "But then I tried explain it to her and she really wanted to stay here and that's all she knows too."

After his daughter and fiancee come home, Backstrom assists in the kids' homework before he heads out for his press conference on his extension.

"It means a lot for me and my family," Backstrom notes. "The kids grew up here, they're born here, and to be able to get an offer to stay here, we're very fortunate to stay with the same team this long."

So how did he celebrate? By taking his family to dinner afterward. "Hopefully the kids will behave and sit down and eat, and me and my fiancee will probably have a glass of wine," Backstrom chuckled. 

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Drexel at Delaware: Date, Time, TV Channel, How to Watch

Drexel at Delaware: Date, Time, TV Channel, How to Watch

The Drexel Dragons haven't scored a victory over Delaware at Bob Carpenter since 2015. But five years might make a difference this time around.

While Delaware is lead by Nate Darling's 19.7 points per game, Drexel has managed to pick apart teams on the offensive boards.

The Dragons are ranked first among CAA teams with 10.8 offensive rebounds per game, and they've helped themselves on defense as well, only allowing 68 points per game to CAA opponents.

But Delaware won't go down easily. Ryan Allen has connected on 33.1 percent of his attempted threes this season, and Justyn Mutts is putting up an average of 12.5 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.

These two teams will be looking for separation in the CAA standings, and Delaware currently holds the advantage thanks to a better overall record.

Drexel at Delaware: How to Watch

Who: Drexel Dragons (12-10, 5-4 CAA) at Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens (15-7, 5-4 CAA)
What: ACC basketball on NBC Sports Washington
When: Saturday, February 1, 2 p.m. ET. 
Where: Bob Carpenter Center, Newark, Delaware
TV Channel: You can watch Drexel at Delaware on NBC Sports Washington Plus (Channel Finder).

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Capitals vs. Penguins: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Capitals vs. Penguins: Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Super Bowl Sunday is almost here, but there's another marquee matchup brewing on Sunday.

The Washington Capitals and Pittsburgh Penguins face off for the first time this season. The teams are first and second in the Metropolitan Division. And Alex Ovechkin is chasing history - he's just five away from being the seventh player to ever score 700 goals. Click here for more on that.

Can the Caps clamp down and gain separation from their hated rivals? Will we see Ovechkin make history? Tune in to find out.

CAPITALS-PENGUINS GAME 53: HOW TO WATCH

What: Washington Capitals vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Where: Capital One Arena, Washington, D.C.

When: Sunday, February 2nd, 12:30 p.m. ET

TV Channel: Capitals-Penguins will be broadcast on NBC. (NBC Sports channel finder)

Live Stream: You can watch Capitals-Penguins on NBC Sports live stream page.

Radio: Caps Radio 24/7

CAPITALS-PENGUINS TV SCHEDULE:

11:30 AM: Caps Faceoff Live

12:00 PM: Caps Pregame Live

12:30 PM: Capitals vs. Penguins (LIVE)

2:00 PM: Caps Postgame Live

2:30 PM: Caps Overtime Live

CAPITALS-PENGUINS INJURY REPORT:

Capitals: No injuries

Penguins: D Justin Shultz, lower-body injury, day-to-day

RW Dominic Kahun, concussion, out indefinitely

LW Jake Guentzel, shoulder, long-term injured reserve

D Brian Dumoulin, ankle, out indefinitely

C Nick Bjugstad, abdomen, out indefinitely

CAPITALS-PENGUINS PLAYERS TO WATCH:

Alex Ovechkin, F, Capitals (35-17-52)

The Ovi vs. Sid rivalry is still alive, and we can expect some fireworks. Ovechkin is seven goals away from hitting 700 goals all-time, and he hit the 1000 point mark against the Pittsburgh Penguins back in 2017.

Sidney Crosby, F, Penguins (8-17-25)

Crosby spent most of the first half of the season out with a core muscle injury, but since then he's come back with a vengeance. He scored four points in his first game back, and the Penguins have managed to stick around in the Metro Division playoff race. 

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