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The Noon Countdown: Backstrom = Beststrom

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Counting down the days until the 2014-15 season with a look at the Caps' top pivot's basket of apples.

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

...the number of times Nicklas Backstrom has recorded four or more assists in a game, nearly twice as many as anyone else since he entered the League at the start of the 2007-08 season. Backstrom's four-helper outings (he's still looking for his first five-assist game) are more than every other Cap combined since the start of the 1996-97 season, with the two most-recent coming within an five-game span last December (against Tampa and Carolina).