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The Noon Countdown: Powerful Helpers

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Counting down the days until the 2015-16 season with a look at the top pivot's power-play production

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

...the number of power-play assists earned by Nicklas Backstrom, which led the NHL in that department (to go with his NHL-leading 60 assists overall). In fact, only 3 of Backstrom's points with the extra man were goals; his 33 total power-play points checked in right behind teammate and fellow power-playmate Alex Ovechkin's 34 among League leaders, tying with Philly's Jakub Voracek for the third-highest mark in the League.