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The Noon Countdown: Face of the Franchise

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Counting down the days until the 2014-15 season with a look at Alex Ovechkin's move to the top of the franchise leaderboard.

Alex Trautwig

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

...the number of goals needed by Alex Ovechkin to pass Peter Bondra for the most goals in franchise history. Bondra accumulated 472 goals in his 14 seasons with the Caps (961 games); heading into the 2014-15 season, his tenth with the Caps, Ovechkin sits at 422 goals in 679 games. He is also just 11 points shy of Bondra's franchise-leading 825 point total... so it's likely that at least one of those records falls in the upcoming season.