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The Noon Number: Jolly Old Saint Nicklas

A look at the Capitals' Mr. December

Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

19 - Number of points for Nicklas Backstrom so far this month, tied for the second-most productive month of his career and just two points behind his best, with one game to play (tonight). Here are Backstrom's three highest-point months so far:

Month, Year GP G-A-Pts
December, 2008 14 6-15-21
December, 2013 12 4-15-19
December, 2009 13 9-10-19

Notice a theme? Over the course of his career, Backstrom has 95 December points in 80 games, 15 more points (in seven fewer games) than his second most-productive month, November. He hasn't topped 65 points in any other month.

Of further (and more relevant) note, Backstrom's 19 points in December trail only Patrick Kane (23) and Sidney Crosby (22) for most in the NHL, and Backstrom has been on the ice for 21 of the 37 goals the Caps have scored this month (pointing on 19 of them).