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The Noon Number: Super Swede

A look at the Caps' top pivot as he stands on the cusp of a pair of major milestones

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499 - Number of regular-season games played and points (128 goals, 371 assists) for Nicklas Backstrom.

Throughout his career (now in its eighth season somehow), Backstrom has been a model of consistency, playing every game of five of his seasons and only posting fewer than four points over a ten-game span six times (see below). In fact, segment his career into 100-game splits and he's registered 86, 111, 111, 90 and 101 (with a game in hand!) points, barely varying from that point-per-game pace.

So congrats to Backstrom on 500, and here's to the next 500 and beyond.

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And while these milestones are impressive and worthy of recognition, Backstrom himself knows they pale in comparison to his ultimate goal...