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Counting down the days until the 2015-16 season with a look at some playoff apple-picking

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

...the number of assists accumulated by the Caps during their 14-game playoff run this past spring. Joel Ward led the way with six helpers, followed by Nicklas Backstrom and John Carlson (five each). Even Braden Holtby got into the action, picking up an assist in Game 1 against the Rangers - his first career playoff point.

Of the Caps' skaters, only three - Curtis Glencross, Eric Fehr, and Michael Latta - failed to register at least one assist in the postseason, and Fehr and Latta were held without a point of any kind (albeit in just four games apiece).