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The Noon Countdown: How Do You Like Them Apples?

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Counting down the days until the 2014-15 season with a look at some rare offensive depth on the blueline

Greg Fiume

56 - Number of days remaining until the Caps open the 2014-15 season. But it's also...

...the number of assists Mike Green (29) and John Carlson (27) combined for in 2013-14. It's the first time the Caps have had two defensemen with more than 25 assists apiece since Green and Tom Poti each topped that mark back in 2007-08 (checking in with 38 and 27, respectively), and only the second time since the 2000-01 season (Calle Johansson's 29 and Sergei Gonchar's 38).

Of course, back in 2009-10 Mike Green put up 57 apples all on his own. Reminder: he's pretty good at hockey.