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The Noon Countdown: Venturing Outside the Metro

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Counting down the days until the 2015-16 season with a look at the Nicklas Backstrom's work outside the Metropolitan Division

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54 - Number of days remaining until the Caps open the 2015-16 season. But it's also...

...the number of points scored by Nicklas Backstrom in 52 games against non-Metropolitan Division teams in 2014-15, a 1.04 points-per-game rate. Those 54 points trailed only Alex Ovechkin (55) for the team lead, and ranked fourth in the League.